Recession Rock or Apocalypse Pop, and By Whom?

In recent months, we’ve posted a few examples of music written about the current recession. Now it’s time to see just how sharp you are with a pop-music quiz.

This song is called “The Final Day”:

Click Below to Listen

Caution: it is very loud. The lyrics are nowhere near as straightforward as, say, “Hey Paul Krugman.” It might be recession rock or it could be apocalypse pop, hard to say.

The quiz question is this: who’s singing? First correct answer gets some Freakonomics schwag.


right side of the river

Jon Bon Jovi

LD

Sounds like Axl Rose

Levi

Young Marble Giants

P

I agree that it has to be Axl Rose.

Dmitri Leybman

Stephen J. Dubner

michelle

tom petty?

Bree Adamson

Yeah, good call on Axl Rose.

jamie Bowden

Commenter #2 beat me to it, but yes, it sounds like Axl Rose.

Elias

Axl Rose

dpo

Trent Reznor

TM

Guns n' Roses

jimmyc

axl rose

Jeffrey

You are.

ktb

I'm having trouble getting the link to play. Is it me or is something broken?

dw

Axl Rose is the obvious answer, but it's not quite right somehow... maybe it's the lack of cursing?

jon

I'll name that singer in one note, three respondents too late: William Axl Rose.

C. Larity

Barry Manilow.

Vicki

Tokio Hotel

Nick

Sounds a lot like Axl Rose but I'm gonna go with a randy Mick Jagger.

Roy

Kenny Rogers.

I didn't even listen to it.