Music for the Zombie Apocalypse

The Records that I Can’t Live Without

I love music, I love lists, and I’m always prepared.

‘Desert Island’ lists have long been my go-to icebreaker. That said, I’ve always had a hard time getting over the required suspension of disbelief–why do you have electricity on a desert island? Really, you packed a record player?

Being the massive fan of all-things-zombie that I am, I prefer the ‘zombie apocalypse’ spin on the old desert-island scenario. After all, I’m reasonably sure that it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but simply a matter of ‘when’ the world’s gonna go to hell and a hand-basket. And the odds of hitting the road in the wake of the zombie apocalypse (just go with it) with a car full of all your prized possessions feels a little more plausible than being stranded on an island.

You know the scenario: you wake up one morning only to find that most of the world’s population has been wiped out by some sort of horrible virus. You’re surrounded by the walking dead. The world will never, ever be the same. It’s time to hit the road. So you gather up you and your loved ones and find yourself screaming, “take only what you need to survive!” at the top of your lungs.

If you’re anything like me, that list starts with your record collection (sorry, zoomers, cell towers don’t stand a chance in my doomsday daydream). But you can’t just take everything. There has to be a judicious culling. And time will, of course, be of the essence. So with all of that in mind, I’ve decided to do future-me a huge solid and get a jump on my zombie apocalypse playlist.

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