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Songs for a Future We Hope to Never See

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 12:43 PM

The film "The Hunger Games" has inspired some new additions to a surprisingly large catalog of songs that look to a future we hope to never see.  In addition to the songs that today's guest, Joe Levy, has suggested, here are some other odes to dystopias:

Wendy Carlos: A Clockwork Orange.  Great soundtrack, taking Beethoven and Purcell and Carlos originals as the jumping off point for some seriously twisted film music - perfect for Anthony Burgess's dystopian vision of an England of the near future. 

Pink Floyd: Animals.  George Orwell's Animal Farm becomes one of Pink Floyd's most underrated albums.  People are presented as Pigs, Dogs, and Sheep in 3 epic songs. 

David Bowie: Diamond Dogs.  Includes the songs "1984," "Big Brother," "We Are The Dead," and the spoken-word opening track with its rotting corpses and red-eyed mutants.  From the master of dystopian pop - from his first hit "Space Oddity" to the eerie doo-wop of "Drive In Saturday" to the Blade Runner-ish detective story in his late 90s album Outside

Genesis: "Get Em Out By Friday."  A prophetic 1972 song about gentrification interrupted by an announcement from Genetic Control announcing a four foot height limit on humans because of space restrictions.  Another source of multiple dystopias, beginning with "Watcher Of The Skies," where a planet (presumably our own) is discovered to be empty of life. 

Anonymous 4: 1000 - A Mass For The End Of Time.  You didn't actually think this was a new idea, did you?  As the year 1000 approached, many Europeans were convinced that the Book Of Revelations was about to come true, spawning a treasure trove of paintings, scultpures, and songs about the End of Days.  Earthquakes and destruction, monsters and demons, fire and sin and families being rent asunder - for eternity.  Now THAT's dystopia. 

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