In a world of chaos and uncertainty there are some among us who just want to kick back and watch the whole thing come tumblin’ down. There are others who will see the fight through till the very end…
Singer-songwriter, Lots Holloway is definitely one of those fighters who’s very much aware of the problems facing the world today. Her debut single, ‘World’s On Fire’, isn’t just a rousing pop anthem; it’s a song heavy with the issues and pitfalls faced by her generation.
From Brexit, the Orlando club shooting, and the Bastille Day attack to the US presidential battle and the Syrian refugee crisis, a lot was happening in the summer of 2016 when Holloway wrote the track, a time she describes as “strange and sad”. She explains, “The song wasn’t inspired by any particular event, but more the amalgamation of them as a whole, it’s an observation of the world in which we’ve found ourselves.”
So, to celebrate the release of ‘World’s On Fire’, Vulture Hound asked Lots to put together a guest playlist. ‘Songs To Watch The World Burn‘ is a playlist that combines equal measures of hope and acceptance. So whether you’re sitting back to watch, or on the front line with a fire extinguisher, in the event of irreversible global catastrophe this playlist should be played very loudly indeed…
Kasabian – ‘Fire’
The only song that can make the world burning not seem so bad – in fact, you might even get involved a little bit.
Local Natives – ‘Fountain Of Youth’
The chorus is so powerful, you’ll feel united even if you’re listening to it alone. Best lyric – “and if we don’t care, then who’ll care?”
MGMT – ‘The Youth’
“Are you starting to change? Are you together?” – I like the wonky melody – a song that indirectly reminds us the youth is the future, and can be the catalyst for change.
Prodigy – ‘Firestarter’
The energy is this song is unparalleled; this song would be the theme tune for the closing credits at the end of the world.
Bob Marley – ‘War’
I love this song. This song has one of the greatest set of lyrics, one of the greatest messages and one of the greatest voices ever.
R.E.M – ‘It’s End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’
A song to help you stay calm during the inferno. “It’s end end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine”. If it’s happening, it’s happening.
Brian Eno – Baby’s On Fire
The Fripp guitar solo is the absolute cherry on this little cake of a song. This song is full of doom, but so very exciting.
Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
Uplifting; for if you feel like shifting the blame of the fire. It’ll make you feel better.
John Lennon – Imagine
In my opinion, this is one of the best songs ever written. So simple, so unique, so beautiful, so powerful.
You can hear all the tracks via Vulture Hound on Spotify, below.
‘World’s On Fire’ is out now via Why I? Records via Absolute.