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The Top 5 Musical Eco-Fails

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The bad news about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is that BP's magic undersea dome didn't work, and the slick is now the size of Connecticut. And unless the latest half-assed stopgap measure (a "junk shot" of debris fired down the well in an attempt to plug it) works, it could be at least another three months before relief wells can be drilled to stop the leak. The good news is...well, there really isn't any. Now's a good time to fire up the MP3 player with your favorite songs about ecological doom while pondering how long before we're all joining motorcycle gangs and battling on the highways for precious "juice."

R.E.M., "Cuyahoga"

If you ask Rocks Off, we'd rank

Lifes Rich Pageant

in the top tier of R.E.M. releases. "Cuyahoga" continued the environmental theme of the album kicked off by "Fall On Me," making references to the time the river was set on fire by Cleveland Indians fans following Ten Cent Beer Night. Though it's possible we're remembering that wrong.

The Tragically Hip, "New Orleans Is Sinking"

If Rocks Off has a nickel for every time we were reminded how huge "The Hip" are in Canada, we'd have enough for at least a dozen ten cent beers in Cleveland. We don't know if it's in poor taste to play this song following Katrina, but we do know they should've done a better job making the video look like it was shot in Louisiana and not Ontario.

Harry Chapin, "30,000 Pounds of Bananas"

Your definition of "ecological disaster" may differ slightly from ours, but to quote the old man at the end of the song, just imagine 30,000 pounds of mashed bananas covering the streets of poor, coal-scarred Scranton, Pa.

Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie, "When the Levee Breaks"

Speaking of Katrina... this song (also covered by another band you may have heard of) was originally about the 1927 Mississippi Flood, but also serves as the inspiration for the title to Spike Lee's

excellent Katrina doc


Slobberbone, "Meltdown"

In a just world, Denton's Slobberbone would be selling more albums than Nickelback and Justin Bieber combined. At the very least, this song alone should have been included on the


soundtrack. They could have it during that one scene where John Cusack was looking freaked out by all the destruction. No, the other one.

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