The Beginning Of The End
The Beginning Of The End: Ladytron
"The Beginning Of The End" is the second track on the 2007 release Year Zero.
On March 2, 2007 at around 4pm PST. "The Beginning of the End" was played on Jed the Fish's program on KROQ as his "Catch of the Day." Early the next morning, after the song was played again on KROQ, a radio-quality rendition of the track began to circulate the internet. 
- The phrase "The Beginning of the End" appears on the Another Version Of The Truth website when the original image is erased by being clicked and dragged.
- Several fans have commented on similarities between this song and Marilyn Manson's "Mister Superstar," which was produced and featured guitar by Trent Reznor.
- A small group of west Texans found the website The Beginning of the End; www.thebeginningoftheend.org. Interesting to note that one person was researching the pricing of oil that occurs in Midland, Texas.
- Year Zero
The Beginning Of The End
This is the original album version. Like "Hyperpower!" preceding it, the song builds throughout the track, beginning with the drum loop, then guitar and vocals. Bass, tambourine and synthesizer layers are continuously added until an instrumental bridge leads to a loud, noisy synthesizer solo. Most layers then drop away for a few bars of the drum loop, which leads directly into "Survivalism."
The Beginning Of The End: Ladytron J-Type Mix
This remix can be found on Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D. More techno-oriented than the album original and containing a dance beat, it also contains some distorted vocals in the verses. This distortion can also be heard in the choruses. By the time the second verse comes in, another synth line joins in, creating a noisier atmosphere. More synths — this time sounding like a choir — join in the chorus. These layers of sound carry the song to the end of the piece. At about 3:36 into the song, a variation of The Downward Spiral motif can be heard ending the song:
- Remix by Ladytron J-Type Overdrive
Here is a video of the performance.
Down on your knees, you'll be left behind This is the beginning Watch what you think, they can read your mind This is the beginning I got my mark, see it in my eyes This is the beginning My reflection I don't recognize This is the beginning We think we climb so high All up the backs we've condemned We face our consequence This is the beginning of the end You wait your turn, you'll be last in line This is the beginning Get out the way, 'cause I'm getting mine This is the beginning God helps the ones that can help themselves This is the beginning May be too late as far as I can tell This is the beginning We think we've come so far On all our lies we depend We face our consequence This is the beginning of the end
In the actual recording, the second line of the first chorus is changed:
Up all the backs we've condemned
The third line of the last chorus is also changed:
Facing our consequence