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Popular Music: The Podcast

Jan 1, 2018

It’s the eeeeend of the wooooorld as we know it and we feeeeeel fiiiiiiiiine! Happy 2018 Popettes! In this episode of Popular Music: The Podcast, Steven and Analise talk about this cheerily apocalyptic 1987 classic by R.E.M.! You’ll hear all about the original versions of this song (and how half of it became a NEW song 16 years later!) and why the happy key of G major helps provide the best sort of cognitive dissonance the song achieves!


No guilt. Only pleasure. Popular Music is a pop music podcast hosted by Steven Ray Morris and Analise Nelson. New episodes every Monday.

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Additional Recommendations:

Muse - “Apocalypse Please”

Zero 7 - “Waiting To Die”

Electric Six - “Improper Dancing”

Rihanna, Calvin Harris - “We Found Love”

The FIeld Mice - “Emma’s House”

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - “New Year’s Kiss”

Neutral Milk Hotel - “Two-Headed Boy”

Maria Taylor feat. Michael Stipe - “Cartoons and Forever Plans”

Camera Obscura - “New Year’s Resolution”

Taylor Swift - “New Year’s Day”


No Doubt performing the song on NYE 2000:

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