Classic Week- In the Year 2525-Zager and Evans/Seasons in the Sun-Terry Jacks

This is a special request for Parrotline. Some AM gold that when you catch yourself listening to the words as it comes on the super oldies (nowadays) station and you first think they are happy songs, and then you realize WHAT THE **** are they singing about? Nuclear winter? Murdered girlfriend? Seriously, you actually have to try not to drive into some sort of embankment or off a cliff. The first is the Zager and Evans classic “In the Year 2525” where they catalog man and womankind’s deathspiral into the future. Especially discomforting are the jumps of thousands of years, certainly up to 8510, I mean, you are expecting 8585 based on the previous verses, but then only 8510- oh yeah, God is deciding whether to wipe the slate clean. Hopefully the delightful Snag will fill out the commentary on these tracks in comments. This is the new Parrotline theme song. Nice!

In the Year 2525-Zager and Evans

So here’s another version, a You Tube especiale- the anime/video game version. As if the song couldn’t get any creepier, they do it here.

Here is another one that goes right for the jugular, it’s as if a cult is slaughtering you neighborhood while pounding special K and X. Do not listen to this while driving or drunk, if you are prone to melancholy or have recently been kicked to the curb or lost a loved one to a meteorite strike.

Seasons in the Sun-Terry Jacks

We continue with an East-West connection with this very special Seasons in the Sun by a group that I am not familiar with. I think they are called the Chumpwagon Specials, but I am also certain that they are not appreciating the subtleties of the Terry Jacks original. Also, I’m impressed by the casual cartwheeling done by suit boy #3, because those are some white suits and it could have been a Stainfighter™ situation with all that grass. Be that as it may, it most certainly is a Freshmaker™ situation.

7 Responses to “Classic Week- In the Year 2525-Zager and Evans/Seasons in the Sun-Terry Jacks”

  • If you ain’t rockin’ to Bloodrock’s DOA, you ain’t rocking:

    “I try to move my arms and there’s no feeling
    And when I look I see there’s nothing there
    The face beside me stopped it totally bleeding
    The girl I knew has such a distant stare.”

    Okay, I admit it, not so much in the subtle department. But it kicks ass, especially when the siren’s going.

  • Bad lip synch goatee explosion! Hell yeah! I’m on Cloud 9.

  • Jacks looks a little bit like the PBS paint guy. After his wife gets Mansoned of course and he cracks. Or cracks more I should say.

  • Leaving up this song for a week…classic

  • I kinda go for the Me First & the Gimme Gimme’s version of Seasons In The Sun. It adds that zippy bounce to keep you from actually letting the toaster drop in to the tub. Plus, for pure sadness, “Alone Again Naturally” tops SITS – yeah, the guy’s girl only stands him up on the wedding day, but both his mom and dad die. I hear tell of an unreleased version involving his dog as well.

  • I’m old enough to remember when both of those songs were on the air — and Christ, I wish I could forget “Seasons in the Sun.” But “2525” is still dumb fun (love the mariachi horns!). Radiohead should cover it.

  • I’m questing for that Alone Again…now

    We must top this..

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