End this weekend on Monday with the total solar eclipse! The terminology surrounding this celestial phenomenon sounds enough like a Pitchfork Music Festival lineup to qualify for this list. Do you want to see The Path of Totality or Syzygy? Is Solar Corona’s second album a derivative ripoff of Umbraphile’s? Is Heliophysicist still in Animal Collective or nah?
Speaking of eclipse music, the path of totality through Nebraska lasts less than three minutes, just like a great power pop song. So here’s a list of power pop tunes that last as long as the predicted paths of totality across nine of the state's hot spots. If you can’t help but notice that most of these have eclipse-y titles or band names, well good. This took more effort than we care to admit.
Aurora (2 minutes, 31 seconds) -- California Spectrum, “She May Call You Up Tonite)
Carhenge (2 minutes, 30 seconds) -- The Archies, “Here Comes the Sun,” The Archies
Crete (1 minute, 35 seconds) -- Kepi Ghoulie and the Accelerators, “Fun in the Dark”
Chimney Rock (1 minute, 41 seconds) -- The Replacements, “Somethin To Dü”
Falls City (2 minutes, 37 seconds) -- Scientists, “Shake Together Tonite"
Grand Island (2 minutes, 35 seconds) -- Big Star, “Thirteen”
Homestead National Monument (2 minutes, 34 seconds) -- The Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night”
Lincoln (1 minute, 24 seconds) -- Elvis Costello, “Welcome to the Working Week” (OK, this is technically a second shorter than Lincoln’s eclipse. Write a song that’s 1:24 before the next total solar eclipse and you’ve got a spot on this list.)
Wilber (2 minutes, 36 seconds) -- Green on Red, “Black Night”