A Reader Writes: Can You Help Construct Her Evacuation Playlist?

Aug 28th, 2008 // 37 Comments

An Idolator reader who lives in New Orleans wrote in with what she admits is an odd request for help from the site’s commenter braintrust: Can you help her select music for her possible hurricane-enforced evacuation from her hometown, which may happen as soon as tomorrow? Her request after the jump.

i’m a longtime reader of idolator but infrequent commenter. i have what can only be called an odd request. i live in new orleans and as you may or may not know, there is a hurricane supposedly heading straight for us. irony of irony the city might call for a mandatory evacuation of the city as early as tomorrow, which just happens to be the anniversary of hurricane katrina. i’m at work right now and i decided to make an evacuation mix tape, and am looking for suggestions- i was wondering if maybe you guys to do a post asking for song reccomendations of the “getting the fuck out of town”/”escaping death”/”the apocalypse is nigh” variety. new orleans would not have to even be a reference because i’ve heard all those songs a kabillion and a half times. like i said, i know it’s an odd request, and i’m just looking for new songs that might be appropriate that i am not familiar with, and i figured yours would be the best site to ask.


ps. a coworker just told me that the gas station next to his house ran out of gas this morning, but i will not, under any circumstances, listen to “running on empty” during this.

I’m not really sure what to suggest, although I feel like I should point out that an AP photo search for “Gustav” came up with a lot of Tokio Hotel pictures. So, any non-”Running On Empty” suggestions from anyone out there? (And yes, I sent her this thread in an effort to get the ball rolling.) It seems so facile for me to say something like “whatever you pick, I hope she and her fellow New Orleans residents aren’t forced to live through another nightmare like they were a few years ago” to close out this post, but, well, it’s the truth.

New Orleans Braces as Gustav Set to Follow Katrina [Bloomberg]

  1. Al Shipley

    The Geraldine Fibbers – “The Small Song”

  2. MayhemintheHood

    The score of Michael Bay’s Armageddon. Or maybe Independence Day.

  3. Audif Jackson Winters III

    The Animals … no, not “House of the Rising Sun” … “We Gotta Get Out of This Place

    Morrissey, “Every Day Is Like Sunday”

    Public Enemy, “Welcome to the Terrordome”

  4. NeverEnough

    @Al Shipley: A GERALDINE FIBBERS REFERENCE. Marry me. Now.

  5. Al Shipley

    @NeverEnough: ::holds up ring finger::

  6. Anonymous

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: hooboy! “welcome to the terrordome” is a great suggestion! however, the superdome will not be a refuge of last resort this time around, so that particular disaster (might) be avoided.

  7. cheesebubble

    For some terrible reason, the first thing that popped into my mind was a song by Extreme…no not More Than Words…the one that goes “if you don’t like what you see here get the funk out!” I need to go wash my mind out with bleach now.

  8. NeverEnough

    @Al Shipley: Same here… but in a next life, maybe. *scampers off to sing Lily Bell at the top of my lungs*

  9. Sniffle

    “Leaving Here” – the Who

    “Don’t Look Back” – Boston

    “Gone” – Pearl Jam
    “Rearviewmirror” – Pearl Jam

    “Who’ll Stop the rain?” – CCR or any decent cover

    “Waitin on a Sunny Day” – Springsteen

    Hope this isn’t too classic rocky for all you indie nerds.

  10. Anonymous

    “monsoon” – tokio hotel =]

    x lane

  11. Anonymous

    monsoon by tokio hotel

  12. BawstonSean

    Nas – Life’s a Bitch

    Cypress Hill – I ain’t Goin’ Out Like That

    Black Mountain – Stormy High

    Robert Parker – Get Ta Steppin’

    Santogold – You’ll Find A way

    N.W.A. – 100 Miles and Runnin’

    Mobb Deep – Survival Of The Fittest

    Howlin’ Rain – The Firing Of The Midnight Rain

    The Explorer’s Club – Safe Distance

  13. SomeSound-MostlyFury

    Just play a Muse album.

  14. NeverEnough

    “Hold Back the Rain” – Duran Duran

  15. Anonymous

    All probably appropriate in title, only:


    “Evacuation”–Pearl Jam

    “Fear City”–Elliott Smith

    “Do The Panic”–Phantom Planet

    I thought of “Flat Out F’ed” upon reading the opening paragraph of this entry, but see that it was covered previously.

  16. jfk1624

    Not sure if this is perfect or just in really, really bad taste?

    New Orleans Is Sinking – The Tragically Hip

  17. Anonymous

    Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying – Belle & Sebastian

  18. loudguitars

    My personal favorite crutch when making theme mixes is having fun with keyword searches:

    “Against the Wind” – Bob Seger
    “Idiot Wind” – Bob Dylan
    “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall” – Bob Dylan
    “Shelter From The Storm” – Bob Dylan
    “Hurricane” – Bob Dylan
    “Blinding Sheets of Rain” – Old 97′s
    “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?” – Travis
    “Stormy Weather” – Billie Holiday
    “Riders on the Storm” – The Doors
    “The End” – The Doors
    “Until The End Of The World” – U2
    “Drowning” – Stabbing Westward
    “Texas Flood” – Stevie Ray Vaughn
    “Run For Your Life” – The Beatles
    “Ready to Run” – Dixie Chicks
    “Run Baby Run” – Sheryl Crow
    “Nowhere To Run” – Martha and the Vandellas [most appropriate when stuck in traffic]
    The entire soundtrack to Run Lola Run

    Some obviously work better than others (I didn’t even include “Only Happy When It Rains” since I suspect that’s not quite where you’re going with this), but it certainly gives you a nice smorgasbord of stuff to choose from.

  19. MameDennis

    Well, for that kind of quasi-romantic apocalyptic effect, I’d go for “Escape City Scrapers” (Mono in VCF)

  20. mishaps

    Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band, “How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?” came to mind first but it’s not quite what’s being asked for.

    Nora O’Connor covering “Looks Like I’m Up Shit Creek Again”

    REM, “Leave” (too on the nose?)

    Bad Livers, “Counting the Crossties” or “Shufflin’ to Memphis” (downer or upbeat, respectively)

    The Mountain Goats, take your pick from the “Going to…” series, “Last Man on Earth,” “New Monster Avenue,” et al.

  21. Chris Molanphy

    I’m jumping in because I can’t believe we’ve gotten this far and no one’s suggested this way-obvious classic-rock stalwart:

    The Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”

    Yeah, I know, Scorcese’s milked it dry in his movies, and you may have heard it too many damn times to actually hear it anymore. But! Has any song ever captured that “shit’s going down, better take cover” vibe like the opening Keef licks on this recording? I mean, you could remove Mick’s opening line about the “storm…threatening,” and just the sound of the damn record works.

    Sorry to be so old-school and Wennerish.

  22. PengIn

    Just play Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks” on a loop. If you want to switch it up a bit, though on Down’s “New Orleans Is A Dying Whore” every once in a while.

  23. PengIn

    @PengIn: Who is dumb enough to spell “throw” t-h-o-u-g-h? Me, that’s who.

  24. janine

    Nick Cave – City Of Refuge (You better run!)
    Stones – Gimme Shelter (It’s cinematic; ask Scorsese)

    Also, depending on where your evacuation destination, you might want to put in some directional songs (e.g. the Pet Shop Boys’ cover of “Go West” or “Up in the North” by the Fiery Furnaces).

    It says online that Airline Highway 61 is a way out of St. Charles Parish, so you could throw in a couple of versions of that song.

  25. janine

    @Chris Molanphy: That’s why I should refresh while I’m writing…

  26. amyk

    Hurricane – Athlete

    Drown – Son Volt

    The Rain – Missy Eliott

    Just Like the Rain – Richard Hawley (actually just listen to all Hawley – he’s good for most alarming situations)

    Find some good music and know that you are in our thoughts. I hope this evacuation (if needed) isn’t too brutal. We need to keep NOLA around.

  27. NeverEnough

    And good luck during the evacuation. Be safe!

  28. janine

    How did I miss the Scorpions? Rock You Like a Hurricane.

  29. Eugene Langley

    Isn’t this what Tiny Mix Tapes used to be for? Is Idolator going to open up this service as a weekly feature? I propose yes.

  30. Tiny Banquet Committee

    With FEMA in mind: Jarvis Cocker, “Running the World.”

  31. D.R. Mosby

    “Too Much Water” – Prints

  32. westendgirl

    “Crumblin’ Down” – John Cougar Mellencamp
    “Ghost Town” – The Specials
    “Destination Unknown” – Missing Persons
    “Eleanor Put Your Boots On” – Franz Ferdinand
    “From Safety To Where” – Joy Division
    “Higher Ground” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    “I’m Stranded” – Stranglers
    “Take Me With U” – Prince
    “Time Is Running Out” – Muse
    “Walking Away” – Information Society

  33. trapper

    I’ll throw this fairly obvious one out there -

    “The Tide is High” – Blondie

  34. RaptorAvatar

    Two LPs: “Born to Run” and “God Hates Us All”

  35. CreoleSugar

    Ok, I’m suggesting:

    Stay or Leave – Dave Matthews
    Summertime remix – Sarah Vaughan

    But mainly I just want everyone in the path of the storm is safe.

  36. moomintroll

    “Deep blue day” by Brian Eno

    “All Fires” by Swan Lake

    “Step into my world” By Hurricane #1 (obvious band reference, but it’s a great song too)

  37. Tauwan

    “Gas Panic” – Oasis

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