Apocalypse Not Quite Yet

Every year some nutter announces that the end is nigh and that the world is about to end. This time it was the turn of a US Christian radio presenter named Harold Camping. He’d been telling everyone who would listen that this thing called the Rapture was going to happen on May 21st, 2011. The Rapture is something theological that says that God’s chosen people will be taken up to Heaven and they’ll do so without footwear as their shoes will be left behind. Perhaps slippers and sandals will be big in the afterlife. According to Camping, 200 million people were supposed to have been raptured yesterday. May 21st came and went and it looks like Harold got it wrong. Of course, this is not too surprising as Camping has form in the prediction stakes. He made the same prediction back in 1994 and, rather rudely, failed to explain why he got it wrong. Camping has pencilled in the end of the world for October 21, 2011, which is five months after the Rapture. I’m confident that the world will keep on going after that date, but here are a few tunes for Harold to while away his remaining days

Camping claimed that that the Rapture would occur at 6.00pm local time all over the world. When that time came and went in Australia and New Zealand, it started looking good for the rest of the planet. The Verlaines from New Zealand sang about Doomsday in the 80s and it can be found on a collection of the band’s early singles and b-sides from 1987 called Juvenilia. Songdog are a trio from Wales and Days of Armageddon appears on their second album, Haiku (2003). Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo looks to the future as he sings a song that originally featured in the musical Annie. Tiny Fireflies are composed of Lisle from the band Fireflies and Kristine from a group called tiny microphone and the two also play with Chicago’s Very Truly Yours. The pair’s version of Skeeter Davis’ 1963 US hit is taken from a three-track single that you can download for free from this page. Tiny Fireflies base their version on the one that appeared on the second album by French chanteuse Claudine Longet in 1967. A decade later, Longet was convicted of “misdemeanor negligent homicide” following the death of a skier by the name of Spider Sabich. It certainly wasn’t the end of the world for her, though it did finish her musical career. Finally, post-Rapture soirees will be taking place all over the States today and June Tabor‘s version of The Velvets’ All Tomorrow’s Parties goes out to those revellers. I’m sure they’ll be partying like there’s no tomorrow because Armageddon has been averted for a while

Doomsday – The Verlaines

Days of Armageddon – Songdog

The End Of The World (Skeeter Davis cover) – Tiny Fireflies

Tomorrow (Andrea McArdle cover) – Rivers Cuomo

All Tomorrow’s Parties – (Velvet Underground cover) – June Tabor & the Oyster Band

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    • You’re welcome. I wonder if Mr. Camping had some humble pie for breakfast.

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