Dystopia and post-apocalypse seemed fictitious. Until now. From the recent forest fires in Australia to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, these worldwide calamities make common natural disasters feel mild. In times like this, it's important to stay calm, cool, and collected in order to maintain a clear head.
Music can be a way to motivate composure. If catastrophe was to occur the next moment, what soundtrack or BGM will spur you on? The team at Esquire Singapore has revealed the tunes to most likely be their swan song before armageddon hits.
Norman Tan, Editor-in-Chief
'Destroy Everything You Touch' — Ladytron
"I'm not going down without a fight so I'm chucking on Ladytron's electropop track 'Destroy Everything You Touch' to channel my inner zombie-killing ninja. Baseball bat in hand, and psyched to annihilate as they break down my bedroom door…"
Destroy everything you touch today *Baseball bat across the head*
Destroy me this way *Kick to the groin*
Anything that may delay you *Douse them with lighter fluid*
Might just save you *Flick of a lit match stick*
Wayne Cheong, Features Editor
'We Didn't Start the Fire' — Billy Joel
"It seems appropriate for the times we're living in right now. Also a reminder that THIS SHIT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME."
Eugene Lim, Fashion Editor
'Battery' — Metallica
"If I am going to die, I am going down swinging. And nothing gets me into a mood for a fight like 'Battery'."
Asri Jasman, Associate Fashion Editor
‘I Believe I Can Fly’ — Yolanda Adams
"It’s a cover of the original by R Kelly but Yolanda Adams’ soaring vocals bring the meaning of the song to a wonderfully spiritual level. That’s the kind of non-denominational, uplifting song I’d listen to while waiting for the world to turn pitch black."
Joy Ling, Writer
'Born To Die' — Lana Del Rey
"Since I'm gonna die might as well think it is what I was born to do."
Derrick Tan, Writer
'Modern Timing' — Róisín Murphy
"Staying true to my love for indie and alternative, this B-side online exclusive track from the utterly underrated Overpowered era deserves the final spin. Murphy's the reason who developed my fiery love for synth and proved class is innate. Divine's the word!"
*The song's a rare find and it's not available on both Apple Music and Spotify. Fans got a hold on it as a free download before Overpowered was released.
To live inside a modern world
Always be calm, be cool and collected
Non-stop boogie, don't stop
Non-stop living, can't stop
Daryl Lee, Contributing Motoring Editor
'Comfortably Numb' — Pink Floyd
"Not only does it contain what is quite possibly the most epic guitar solo ever made, but the song itself is also incredibly appropriate for the end of the world."
Vanessa Caitlin, Group Digital Creative Producer
'Intro' — the XX
"I always encounter this song whenever I’m starting a new phase in life. 'Intro' was also the song that I walked towards my fiancé (now husband) at the altar to, during our wedding. Seems apt that it would be the song that sends me off too."
Audrey Wu, Sales Director
'The Final Countdown' — Europe
"Because it's the final count down and we're leaving together!"
Cornelius Cheng, Senior Account Manager
‘To Live & Die in LA’ — Tupac
"To remember my fav times in my fav city before I die."
Gabriela Edna Chan, Marketing Manager
'Stayin' Alive' — Bee Gees
"Because the title is ironic, it's a hella groovy tune, and the song makes me think of my parents. Also, who wouldn't want a slow-mo dance-off with a bunch of killer zombies, right? *cue Michael Jackson's Thriller dance choreography*"