In response to today’s daily challenge prompt, I’ve decided to finally post an entry I’ve been saving for about a month.
Several weeks ago, the Season Two premiere of the series Fear the Walking Dead aired. After this show, as well as the original The Walking Dead, they have a talk show featuring Chris Hardwick called Talking Dead.
One question Hardwick asked the guests a few weeks ago was: “What would be on your zombie apocalypse playlist?” This intrigued my interest, because I often think about what music I would listen to (given the choice and ability) while killing zombies. I compiled a playlist of 10 songs, ranging from different genres and themes. Some I included because of pure enjoyment of the song. Others, simply because it relates to zombies/vampires/monsters/mythical creatures.
Zombie Apocalypse Playlist:
- “More Than a Feeling” – Boston
Okay, so I chose this because it is mine and Travis’ “song” and it was also featured on an episode of The Walking Dead. It’s such a beautiful song I would never get tired of rockin’ out to.
- “Dragula” – Rob Zombie
Obviously, I gotta have some Rob Zombie in mix. I mean, his last name is Zombie! Also, when I was in college and played Call of Duty in zombie mode, I would crank up some Rob Zombie and start shootin’. I always did much better at the game when I had music playing, so maybe this would apply in a hypothetical real-life zombie attack?
- “Even Flow” – Pearl Jam
This track always gets me pumped up. Whether I’m driving in my car with the windows down, running outside, or playing darts with my friends. My body count of zombies would definitely increase if this song is in the background.
- “Zombie” – The Cranberries
For obvious reasons, I chose this song because of the title. Though there are political meanings behind this track, I do feel that they could apply to a zombie apocalypse, especially when one remembers the first few episodes of Fear the Walking Dead. There were tanks, and their bombs, and their guns (are you singing it in your head yet?). But, yes, I do believe that there would be some extreme government involvement. However, I don’t believe all of us would be lucky enough to be safe.
- “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” – Skrillex
There’s really only one line of lyrics in this song. “You don’t need to hide, my friend, for I am just like you.” The feeling of loneliness would definitely resonate during an apocalypse. So, any kind of friendship or bond would be valued. Applying these lyrics to an apocalypse, I interpret them meaning that everyone is in the same situation together. Everyone would need to contribute in order to survive. Also, zombies would be some pretty “scary monsters” to envision, but this song is upbeat enough to want to get a head shot in.
- “Hunger Strike” – Temple of the Dog
I imagine in a zombie apocalypse that food would be scarce, thus me being hungry. Although this song has a different metaphorical meaning (see The Sound of Seattle), I’m using it literally for this playlist. I often watch survival shows in order to gain a better understanding of what it would take to survive, and I think that food would be my biggest issue. I love steak, burgers, fries, and ICE CREAM way too much to just not have it in my life anymore. I could probably live a while eating some things found in nature, but there is no way in hell I’m gonna eat a spider.
- “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” – Smashing Pumpkins
The first lyric of this song is “The world is a vampire.” When I hear this, I interpret it as the world just sucking the life out of you. I believe that this feeling would be existent in a zombie-infested society (see #5). Plus, the song is badass and angsty (and SP is one of my favorite bands).
- “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – Tears for Fears
“Welcome to your life / There’s no turning back…” I chose this song because of the political factors that would possibly evolve in a group of people. If you watch The Walking Dead, you know what I’m talking about. The Governor, Rick, Neegan, etc. It’s a power struggle. Thus, everybody wants to rule the world. Aside from that, this is also a song I wouldn’t mind listening to everyday.
- “Aenema” – Tool
This song is definitely about the end of the world. The speaker discusses how the world is already in pieces, and that maybe an Armegeddon or apocalypse would be good for society in order to “flush away” the toxicity. Hence, the punny title. I always listen to this song when I become frustrated with the ways of the world and I usually feel better and enlightened after listening to this track.
- “Change” – Deftones
I chose this song because of the title. In TWD, different groups have different terms they use for when people die and become “zombies”. I feel like the word “change” pretty much encompasses the transformation. “I watched a change in you / It’s like you never had wings / Now you feel so alive / I have watched you change.”
So, tell me. What would be on your zombie apocalypse playlist?