Songs with which to combat the strong talons of death

Thanks Stanley T!

Thanks Stanley T!

It’s a popular game among the people I know: Figuring out what to do in the event of a zombie invasion. The setting is a crucial factor. Some brave souls prefer a wide, open space where nothing stands in the way between your bullets and the zombies’ heads. Others would flee to the first shopping mall, maybe in honor of tradition, but also because of the multitude of makeshift weapons at their disposal as well as numerous places to hide. Then there’s the more sensitive issue of what one’s emotional connection should be as the invasion takes its toll. Should you attempt to pick up all the uninfected people you encounter? Or is it you against the world? And what will you do if a zombie infiltrates your bombardments, evades your firepower, and bites someone you love? Do you stay and cry with your zombified companion until the point of flesh-eating is imminent, or do you mercilessly take the liberty of decapitating the person yourself? These matters are almost as important as considering what will happen if you die of non-fictional causes.

I think about zombie survival plans in relation to the pandemic that is currently making Mexico City look like it’s on vacation (minus the fun of being on vacation, obviously) and causing rising distress in the U.S. In spite of the fear of swine flu infection, BBC World Have Your Say reports that video and DVD rentals in Mexico City have gone up since the outbreak spiked last week. Interest in disaster movies seems to have grown, as if people are jogging their memories just in case local government and world aid measures can’t help. And as the Mexican government ordered the closing of schools, businesses, and even religious services, zombie analogies and gallows humor aren’t limited to just American horror flick afficionados.

If you’ve ever watched a zombie movie, you know that the last thing you want to do is panic and leave yourself witless, abandoned by irritated allies, and hunted by undead assailants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you don’t need to throw out all the bacon from your fridge while wearing iron gloves. But in the event that you find yourself officially homebound by either your own contagion fantasies or because you’ve just flown back from Mexico City, here are some suggestions on a playlist to keep you entertained until the blue masks can be safely removed.

First, the best use of a non-diagetic song about disease in a movie ever:

  • Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine ~ Tuxicity ~ Ideatown

Down with the Sickness (I gave the album information above, but the version I have is from a live performance)

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine will play at Dante’s on Saturday, May 9.

Next, a simple lesson on the spreading of infectious disease, though not so much on how to prevent it:

  • Modest Mouse ~ Building Nothing Out of Something ~ Up

Whenever You Breathe Out, I Breathe In (Positive Negative)

Then in case you find yourself with a hankering for a snack, here’s a reminder from a pair of guys with a serious porcine fixation that swine flu is not transmitted through the preparation or ingestion of pork.

  • Chicharones ~ Swine Country EP ~ Camobear

Taco Wagon

Finally, if you find yourself losing your bearings, step to the beat, even though I’m fairly sure Dan the Automator did not have hybrid viruses in mind when he composed.

  • Handsome Boy Modeling School feat, DJ Shadow and DJ Quest ~ So … How’s Your Girl? ~ Tommy Boy

Holy Calamity (Bear Witness II)

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