Apocalypse Now That’s What I Call Music – Rebellious Mixtape #6

A special Rebellious Mixtape to commemorate the end of the Mayan Calendar

If you don’t see this post by 1111 Greenwich Mean Time, our fellow Mayan comrades of old may well have been right. Even though there’s no scientific evidence of forthcoming asteroids or polar shifts, East of the M60 still decided to devise an opportunist playlist. In the good old Ronco/K-Tel kind of way, of course. Including the token Dollar track.

It has more twists than Conservative party policies, or the sum total of thrill rides in all amusement parks throughout the UK. Apocalypse Now That’s What I Call Music* is brilliantly executed, compulsive, sensational**, eclectic and – quite thankfully and rightly (because the playlist May Cause Mild Peril) – not available in any shops. Or anywhere else. At all.

Let’s have it!

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Side One:

  1. Waiting for Tonight, Jennifer Lopez (1999);
  2. Shooting Star, Dollar (1978);
  3. My Way, Sid Vicious (1979);
  4. Johnny B Goode, Chuck Berry*** (1958);
  5. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes, Ultravox (1984);
  6. Theme from Romeo and Juliet, Nino Rota**** (1968);
  7. Under Pressure/Ice Ice Baby, Jedward (2010);
  8. Ride of the Valkyries, Richard Wagner*****;
  9. Interstellar Overdrive, Pink Floyd (1967);
  10. Eighth Day, Hazel O’Connor (1980);
  11. Five Minutes, The Stranglers (1978).

Side Two:

  1. Crash, The Primitives (1988);
  2. It’s The End of the World As We Know It, R.E.M. (1987);
  3. The End, The Doors (1967);
  4. A Spaceman Came Travelling, Chris de Burgh (1978);
  5. Decline of the West, British Electric Foundation (1981);
  6. Moscow, Cabaret Voltaire (1982);
  7. Theme from Words and Pictures******, Paddy Kingsland/Ian Humphris (1981);
  8. The Pines of Rome, Grimethorpe Colliery Band;
  9. Theme from Calendar*******, Christopher Gunning (1982);
  10. Theme from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, Vangelis (1980);
  11. Jump Around, House of Pain (1994).

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Sleeve Notes:

To ensure the highest quality reproduction, the running times of some of the titles as originally released have been changed.

* With sincere apologies to Ashley Abram, EMI and Virgin records.

** Please excuse me for going into David and Richard Darling territory (if your fellow sibling had a Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC or MSX computer, ask them who they are, and about their software label Codemasters)!

*** Who else remembers, or happens to be the proud owner of Threads, BBC’s 1984 docudrama of Sheffield before, during and after a nuclear attack?

**** Also known as the signature tune for Simon Bates’ Our Tune slot on BBC Radio One.

***** As used in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.

****** No! Not Threads again!!! (“Skeletons and Skulls…”)

******* Yorkshire Television/ITV Yorkshire’s regional news programme. Also used as startup music for the channel each morning till the late 1980s.

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S.V., 21 December 2012

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