Here's the eulogy we've all been waiting for. Superchunk frontman and Merge Records co-founder Mac McCaughan has issued his good riddance to 2016, the year "you could say any horrible thing and rise to the top of this shit heap."
"Happy New Year (Prince Can't Die Again)" was written on Christmas Eve, McCaughan says, “in a moment of trying to look at any possible bright side of the coming new year after the disaster that was this one.”
It's as bleak as nuclear winter and darkly humourous, if you can find the funny in naked lines like: "Okay, but this could be a great year if you're rich, or if you're a racist craving an authoritarian hand, and the sun will shine on you if you hate women, and then the sun itself will turn us all to sand."
McCaughan locates a tiny silver lining in the big, vile, shit-coloured cloud: Prince can't die again. We've survived at least that. Use it as a mantra to steel your bruised soul against 2017.