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12 Apr

5 songs for hell

You’ve died and you are going to hell. You have no idea why or what it is like.

A lady pops in front of you (this is actually the genesis of the character for Vampire face) and you hear a voice state: “You have 5 minutes to decide on the 5 songs you will hear continuously for eternity.”

Assume that there is no trick to this, then what 5 songs would you pick and why? Again, remember that any conception you have of hell can be wrong.

I realize that the list will change over time…

This popped into my mind full, but looking back at it, I know I started comparing it right away to The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. Note, I have neither read the book nor seen the movie.

The other influence, which I can remember thinking of in the last week was John Cusak’s performance of Rob Gordon in High Fidelity (I cite the movie as I watched it for John Cusak and would not normally read the book). The character has a habit of creating ‘Top 5’ lists to describe people.

I have a fascination with whether or not the afterlife matches our expectations. Some notable influences on that are (in no particular order, but probably in the order I was exposed to them):

Hmm, I think I’m missing at least one or two books.

The reason I’m listing these is that some of my scratchings deal with figthing the afterlife system, untangling the relationship between God and Satan, etc.

So I can’t decide if the writing should be along those lines, or should it be about interviewing people and seeing what they would pick, or should it go somewhere else?


  1. Yesterday by the Beatles
  2. First Night Back in London by The Clash
  3. Ring of Fire by Wall of Voodoo with Stan Ridgeway on vocals (or the Stan Ridgeway solo recording)
  4. She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby
  5. California Uber Alles by Dead Kennedys

I can’t believe Wynonie Harris, Black Sabbath, Boys Don’t Cry, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Sinead O’Connor didn’t make the cut. I’m pretty strong on the first four, and I’ve changed the last several times.

I’ve toyed with creating a feed on Pandora to see if this list will take me to other music I like. I’m also interested if a ‘master list’ could evolve…

Okay, here: Five forever.

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