December 12, 2011 – 4:38 am


The year 2011 was one of the worst when it comes to bad news. From a tsunami in Japan to constant, daily rioting in the Middle East, to drone attacks in the rougher parts of the Indo-Pak border to the threat of a dollar collapse that fast changed into a Eurozone meltdown. War with Iran on the horizon? Who knows?

It’s not like an individual can make a difference anymore.

The most you can do, is not be part of the madness. So this evening, the last night of 2011, what will you play on your stereo?

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  2. since 2012 is an election year, maybe i’ll play bob dylan-the times they are a-changin’. it seems appropriate, and i suppose 2012 can’t get any worse for bad news.


    By Ed Saad on Dec 12, 2011

  3. As every new years eve… “Eye’s Of The World” by GD

    By Eric on Dec 12, 2011

  4. I’ve been going through a long Roy Harper phase lately.
    “The government must love me ’cause they keep me out of work. They must be saving me for something special..”
    If that has ended by the New Year I’m not sure just what I’ll be playing. Perhaps that would be a good time to put on some Spike Jones and just go crazy and forget about it for a day.

    Where is the new crop of artists to encourage the civil uprisings today as we had to support us in youth/political protests past? Artists used to do concerts to raise money after a disaster. When we went to war I expected some anti-war songs to emerge. Are the new artists so far removed from life? They are given a voice yet don’t use it.

    What a rant- Happy New Year to Bigo and all their readers.

    By Sking on Dec 12, 2011

  5. For me it would be “Brave New World” by Iron Maiden.

    Let’s hope we can do away with the bad things that we can control – it’ll take a brave person to initiate the steps we need to help our world to ‘get better’. Apart from natural disasters, we cause most of our problems – greed, consumerism, politics, etc.
    A new world is what we need, but it won’t happen overnight, let’s make a start on the 31st eh?

    By Daij on Dec 12, 2011

  6. The crisis is terrible and there’s nothing we “normal people” can do to stop it… so my choice is “I wanna be sedated” by The Ramones…

    By frank capra on Dec 12, 2011

  7. Johnny Cash “Man In Black”

    By Liam NSW on Dec 12, 2011

  8. “Waiting for the End of the World” by Elvis Costello, followed by “(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?” - hard to be hopeful in these times.

    Too many evil people have convinced most of the populace that there is no evil - just some bad choices. Until we recognize the evil (greed) in people we cannot get better.

    For 2012 we should work on exposing evil and not back down when challenged.

    By Bremble on Dec 12, 2011

  9. End it with “Give Peace A Chance”

    Start it with “New Year’s Day”

    By Dennis on Dec 12, 2011

  10. I’ll play some of the great Holiday downloads I’ve gotten in the past few years from BigO.
    And definetly some John Lennon as we just remembered the 30 year anniversary of his death.
    Happy New Year to BigO and its readers!

    By steve22 on Dec 12, 2011

  11. I always go back to songs of resilience like Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer,” Bob Seger’s “The Fire Inside,” and even REO Speedwagon’s “Roll With The Changes.” This may have been the most tumultous year America and the world has had since 1968, yet all of us blessed to survive it did so for a purpose. Age gives a wisdom and experience we have to use to lead our families and make a better life where we are.

    By Tony on Dec 12, 2011

  12. Although I will be counting down (and playing) my top 10 albums of the year all New Year’s Eve Day I am pretty sure I will end the year with Tom Waits’ poignant “New Year’s Eve” from his “Bad As Me” release.

    By RondelRio on Dec 12, 2011

  13. Bob Dylan-Not Dark Yet

    By paul on Dec 12, 2011

  14. At a minimum, live cuts of the Floyd’s “Fat Old Sun,” and “Childhood’s End.”

    Very likely Rundgren’s Utopia and In the Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson. I wish I could find a good live cut of the latter.

    Maybe “New Year’s Day,” by U2.

    Have a great one folks.

    By James on Dec 12, 2011

  15. I’ll play two songs of a french newcomer, Melissmell with “Les enfants de la crise” and “Aux Armes”, you can watch both on youtube,

    best wishes,

    By Mano on Dec 13, 2011

  16. I’ve already responded but a song came into my head this morning that pretty much fits the question:

    I’d Love To Change The World by Ten Years After

    By Sking on Dec 13, 2011

  17. That’s easy….”It’s the End of the World” by REM. Ya never know when something will drop besides the ball.

    By Walter O on Dec 13, 2011

  18. On the last evening of 2011 i will play a 80s Song from the german band “Münchener Freiheit” called: “So lang man Träume noch leben kann”.

    Many say it’s “Kitsch”.
    But i think it’s a song of hope and that’s good.

    And … it’s just another year, what else?

    By Rioo on Dec 13, 2011

  19. I will play “1999″ of jean leloup,time go away but I am still on that song.

    By javel on Dec 13, 2011

  20. Probably Rush 2112, since I won’t be around in 100 years to play it then

    By keith h on Dec 13, 2011

  21. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan

    By aking on Dec 13, 2011

  22. I never play something current on this night, i go with tried and true, songs that have carried me over the years and continue to do so.
    The list gets bigger every year as it should but the songs have to age like good wine before they make my list.

    By sluggo on Dec 13, 2011

  23. “The Truth Is Marching In” by Albert Ayler.

    By Jim Duckworth on Dec 13, 2011

  24. This Is the End (Let’s Get It On) by Mad Spirits
    Look them up on bandcamp!

    By Phil Brickey on Dec 13, 2011

  25. i have discovered some bands that i didnt know about this year including wooden shjips and i might be listening to them if i am home alone. i have dl’d some shows of them and a regular album of theirs. this site has offered me music that i otherwise wouldnt have and for that i am eternally grateful and i dont wait til thanksgiving for my appreciation and thanks. i will listen to what i have downloaded from here.
    i have literally 100s of 1000s of cds and concerts that i havent heard yet. i have no idea what to listen to first. it depends on my mood at any moment. i bought a 750gig drive a few months ago and its nearly full already. i will need another one in about 2-3 weeks. im not even trying nowadays. i used to with torrents etc. im partial to blues and 60s and 70s and progrock and space music and psychedelia and sf sounds and classic rock etc and some new age and new wave etc. but i have so much more. like i said its whatever mood im in at the moment and who im with and where i am. maybe ill luck out and be with someone. or better yet with people. and ill have no control over the music. now that would really rock. sigh…

    By darth on Dec 13, 2011

  26. Shattered by the Stones..
    Love it

    By john on Dec 13, 2011

  27. Blind Willie McTell by his bobness - ther’s no better way to make music!

    By celtis on Dec 13, 2011

  28. I always find time on New Year’s eve or day to play “Band of Gypsys” by the greatest guitarist of all time, Jimi Hendrix. Lately I have played the “Box of Gypsys” 6-CD ROIR which includes all the performances. Nothing like hearing the master to make you optimistic for the future.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Dec 13, 2011

  29. Maybe Echoes (Live in Pompeii 1971) by Pink Floyd…

    By Rochacrimson on Dec 14, 2011

  30. Every Christmas season for decades now, I always listen to the Rolling Stones “Flowers” CD. It is an under rated Stones album that has some big 60’s hits, some tracks that were not released in North America and some acoustic stuff. It’s great to listen to if you want to look out the window at snow falling. For New Years eve I will play some Bob Dylan mono tracks of his earlier work. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to BigO and all the music collectors out there. Hope 2012 is better than 2011.

    By Mackster on Dec 14, 2011

  31. Jesus Christ by Woody Guthrie.

    Doobie Gray Drift Away.

    By Derek on Dec 14, 2011

  32. Anyone who believes an individual can’t change things, probably won’t and deserves what they get. Stand up and fight for what you want! Kick those politicians out that cater to the corporations. I like Bob Dylan and Neil Young as protest singers and songwriters. They will be appropriate for change in the coming New Year.

    By Tom Billings on Dec 14, 2011

  33. I hate to be glib but what WE ALL need now is John Lennon. Young he was snotty mean loud and smarter than most; he rubbed our noses in it. We, I believed him.

    How poingant is it that as he aged he gained more than wisdom and insisted on PEACE at all costs, the press ridiculed him.

    The answer to what I had planned to theme my New Year celebration toward what what his short life achieved. I pray for Peace first, ask everyone around to join and then most sincerely PARTY in another year, as John would have wanted.
    Merry MIchelmas & A Poncey Old Year!
    Cheers & All the Best,

    By John McNea on Dec 14, 2011

  34. Can’t go wrong with Clapton

    By NAMoosedog on Dec 14, 2011

  35. Like every year it’ll be
    “Working Class Hero” by John Lennon from lp.

    Stay weel everybody!!

    Rijn from Eindhoven

    By Rijn B on Dec 14, 2011

  36. “21st Century Schizoid Man” by King Crimson is tempting as is Killing Joke’s “Absolute Dissent” but the apocalypse never came so I might just listen to He Xuntian’s “Mystical Scent” and drift away. It is supposed to China’s century after all….

    By Jonathan on Dec 14, 2011

  37. Who knows … Probably Bob, maybe even from one of his last shows over on this side of the pond … Simple Twist of Fate, even. Cheers

    By Canute on Dec 14, 2011

  38. Bang a gong…T rex… mebbe followed by Don’t let me down…. or should it be reverse order… but I agree with the previous Lennon sentiments

    By dogtears on Dec 14, 2011

  39. Worl Wars III and IV (Carnivore)

    By ruud on Dec 15, 2011

  40. NPR ties in a few stations covering local performances, all jazz, sequences them, and broadcasts them live, with countdowns across the nation. And that’s what I’ll be listening to.

    By O.B. Dan on Dec 15, 2011

  41. My choice has been running through my head lately for a few reasons. The sense of consolidation and control by any means, the obvious regular signs of global climate change and no action by leading counties. Generally a preparation for something big comeing soon… There for I will be playing David Bowie’s “FIVE YEARS” as we (the only species on the plant) mark the non existent changing to a new year while all other living things continue to live/survive or just hang on to their existence on a planet just (if not more so) equally theirs as anyone else’s. “Pushing through the market square, So many mothers sighing. News had just come over, we had five years left to cry in”

    By Revolutionarybum on Dec 15, 2011

  42. Armageddon of course, with Keith Relf on vocals.

    By George Martini on Dec 15, 2011

  43. Springsteen - “Thunder Road”.

    By TDC on Dec 15, 2011

  44. Neil Young, “Grey Riders,” from the new Treasure disc. It feels very end-of-the-world-y

    By Liam on Dec 15, 2011

  45. I’ll play what I play whenever friends die and I want to feel miserable: Gorecki’s 3rd symphony, the “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”.
    Someone will die, whether the asteroid hits or not, so it will be perfectly appropriate :)
    After that… old Rolling Stones stuff.

    By tony on Dec 15, 2011

  46. Je vais m’écouter Pink Floyd Animals car le monde devient fou et seul les animaux sont sages

    By Michel on Dec 15, 2011

  47. I’ve got a New Year’s Eve show by Tower of Power at the Fillmore that I like to play every year. It’s a good one!

    By Dick Cole on Dec 16, 2011

  48. Billy Bragg all night, definitely.

    “I don’t want to change the world. I’m not looking for a new England: I’m just looking for another girl!”

    (while drinking and dancing in a Titanic-like setting)

    By Prozio on Dec 16, 2011

  49. i think i will be listening to ain’t that a kick in the head by dino. after all if i’ve made it this far; how lucky can one man be. i have a long list and the theme for most of the evening will be one bourban, one scotch, ten beers! happy new year.

    alive and kickin’ since ‘57 pete

    By Peter Hernandez Sr. on Dec 17, 2011

  50. Beach Boys - “Do It Again”.

    By Tom L. on Dec 17, 2011

  51. Elvis Costello’s (What’s So Funny About) Peace Love and Understanding - something positive to head into the new year.

    By Kevin S. on Dec 17, 2011

  52. As usual (and through no choice of my own), probably listening to/watching the Red-White Countdown of this year’s transient Japanese pop stars with the family and in-laws. And drinking. Lots of drinking.

    First song of the new year should be a live version of The Dream Syndicate’s “Days of Wine and Roses”. That’ll get you up and going again.

    By golgo hakase on Dec 17, 2011

  53. It will probably be something that I got for Christmas. But since that’s boring, how about “Auld Lang Syne” from a Bruce Springsteen concert. That always rocks.

    By Kevin on Dec 17, 2011

  54. Blackmore’s Night- Fires at Midnight !! Especially if it turns out to be a nice night outside and we can have a bonfire to be around.

    By Steve on Dec 17, 2011

  55. start the evening with “Diner For Two” on SBS The Finish The Evening With “One More Cup Of Coffee” By Bob Dylan

    By barrie on Dec 17, 2011

  56. Helter Skelter by The Beatles - of course….!

    By deruf on Dec 17, 2011

  57. Sking, what could be more appropriate for a nod to Roy Harper than a rant? Perfect.

    Though 2012 is an election year, since both parties are funded by the same source–Wall Street–so voting affects very little, I can’t get worked up enough to select a “statement” to play.

    Maybe a little Marley as a reminder that there still is some love in the world amidst it all.

    By kingpossum on Dec 17, 2011

  58. Some excellent choices and comments by all. I’ll be listening to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”, followed by Soul Brother # 1…”Sex Machine”…HIT ME James Brown !

    Best Wishes to all in the New Year

    By Bubbles on Dec 18, 2011

  59. Has to be John Lennon ” give peace a chance”

    By Graham on Dec 18, 2011

  60. Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals

    By Peter Nixon on Dec 18, 2011

  61. anything by eliott smith

    By Alain Plaisant on Dec 18, 2011

  62. Bob Dylan’s Forever Young

    By Ron on Dec 18, 2011


    By jAY bARTLETT on Dec 19, 2011

  64. this mortal coil’s song to the siren quite often makes an appearance on my stereo around this time of the year

    By tinyhandsofconcrete on Dec 20, 2011

  65. No brainer for me. The greatest Rock and Roll, Funk, Country, Jazz band in the world IMHO.

    Little Feat Feats Don’t Fail Me Now, the entire album.

    May have to wash this down with Waiting For Columbus.

    Long Live Little Feat. Miss ya Lowell andRichie

    By Bob Dushin on Dec 21, 2011

  66. This was the year when I realized that the world in it’s entirety, and most especially my country the USA, were no longer democracy’s. They are an economic system - capitalism. Pure and unbridled. Capitalism embodied. Capitalism expressed. Capitalism imposed. There were 99 glimmers of hope that rose to show that it is not all done yet.

    By Dave on Dec 21, 2011

  67. “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” by George Harrison, “Ring out the old, ring in the new”…

    By Ken Weber on Dec 21, 2011

  68. Usually end the year with Bill Evans “Waltz for Debby” or Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” to ease in the early hours of the new year and then leave Glenn Gould’s “Goldberg Variations” on repeat for all the insomniacs out across the expanses of space and time; although I may toss in some of the Ahn Trio’s “Lullabye for My Favorite Insomniac” which continues to enhance my expanding concepts of space and time.

    Happy New Year wherever you are!

    By taichi charlie on Dec 21, 2011

  69. I’ll be at the Gov’t Mule Concert in NYC and I’ll be looking for “Unring The Bell” from the “High and Mighty” album. “Take back what we had. It’s Yours, It’s Mine”!

    By BigJoe on Dec 22, 2011

  70. For me I think it will be, “Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire. To me, we are even closer to the reality of this song now than we were in 1965 when it was released.

    By VP58 on Dec 22, 2011

  71. I dunno, the Stones always gets eveyone dancing so why not Street fighting Man in light of 2011 events or 10cc Wall Street Crash, kinda looking foward to what 2012 probably holds in store for us.

    By abramson on Dec 23, 2011

  72. I’ll end the old year with Frank Zappa’s “Watermellon in Easter Hay” and begin the new with the song “Awake My Soul - Réveille mon âme” by Mumford and Sons in a backward/forward, reflection/expection sort of feeling.

    By SCaswell on Dec 24, 2011

  73. Before midnight, I’d play “Can’t Buy A Miracle” and “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off (This Is Too Weird For Me)” both by Randy Stonehill, “Tacky Boxes” by REZ Band, then after midnight, “Rushing Wind (Blow Through This Temple, Blowing Out the Dust Within, Daily Change Me Into Your Image, Help Me Bear Good Fruit)” by the late Keith Green (was youngest member of ASCAP at age eight, signed to Victor Records. Died with 2 of his kids, the pilot, and a whole family of 7 in a DC3 crash in Texas when he was 28 yrs old in August 1982).

    By 3yrsnojob on Dec 24, 2011

  74. VP58, I met and talked with Barry McGuire 3 times since 1991. He introduced me to a little old lady that played the first record Barry heard when he was only 4 years old. It was a Gene Krupa record. Little Barry asked, “WHAT is that??” The lady said, “THAT’S MUSIC!!”

    Check out Gene Krupa. That guy rocked on his drums in the 40’s!!

    By 3yrsnojob on Dec 24, 2011

  75. Led Zeppelin’s “That’s The Way”

    Jimi Hendrix “Who Know’s”, “Machine Gun”

    Anthony Braxton “Town Hall Concert”

    Frank Zappa “America Drinks & Goes Home”

    By The Incredible Falling Owl on Dec 25, 2011

  76. Long standing tradition, ‘Starship Trooper’ by YES. Specifically, the third movement, ‘Wurm’ at the stroke of midnight.

    By willyO on Dec 26, 2011

  77. black sabbath ~ ‘war pigs’
    cake ~ ‘building a religion’
    buffy sainte-marie ~ ‘disinformation’

    By sati on Dec 29, 2011

  78. “Rockin’ In The Free World” by Neil Young. Always seems appropriate. Not that we are. Maybe one day.

    By Mescalero on Dec 29, 2011

  79. Mandatory listening will include Jimi’s Star Spangled Banner, Floyd “Wish You Were Here”, King Crimson “Red” and Talking Heads “Remain In Light” (both in 5.1), and 801 Live

    By ComplyGuy on Dec 29, 2011

  80. As well as Little Feat’s “Waiting for Columbus” and XTC “English Settlement” — All of a Sudden (It’s Too Late) always brings a tear to my eye…especially the middle eight: “Love’s not a product you can hoard, or pack a suitcase with — it’s more a way you have to give”

    By ComplyGuy on Dec 29, 2011

  81. “Valerie”, by and for the great late Amy Winehouse.

    By John Roex on Dec 29, 2011

  82. I Love The World by New Model Army. As Justin Sullivan says live, Totally Unironic.

    By Steve Kearley on Jan 1, 2012

  83. Definitely Pink Floyd’s Time.

    The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older
    Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

    By undead on Jan 2, 2012

  84. The Sounds Of Silence. “hello darkness my old friend” for the darkest part of the year!

    By sebrof on Jan 3, 2012

  85. “No Fun” by Sex Pistols. Just because.

    By Mike Hansen on Jan 7, 2012

  86. The Last Waltz. Cannot go wrong with the Band.

    By Jay on Jan 12, 2012

  87. watched coldplay on austin city limits

    By whdup on Jan 25, 2012

  88. Ne me quitte pas - Jacques Brel !!!!

    By Rijn B on Mar 14, 2012

  89. in 2012-The end of course by the Doors. Who knows it might really be….

    By matt_the_cat on May 16, 2012

  90. John Lennon: Working Class Hero
    Jacques Brel: La chanson des vieux amants.

    Bonne Année
    Happy New Year

    By Rijn B on May 18, 2012

  91. chris knight it aint easy being me

    By Hagman on Dec 9, 2012

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