Hear This: The Traveling Wilburys came to terms with death on “End Of The Line”
In Hear This, The A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week: Songs about endings.
Traveling Wilburys, “End Of The Line” (1989)
I discovered the Travelling Wilburys when I was 10 or something, having stumbled across the group’s debut album on a tape my parents had tucked away in the back of their stereo cabinet. I don’t know where they got it—my parents are more library people than purchasing people—but I really liked the tunes. They were poppy and catchy in equal parts, and right up my pre-teen alley.
It wasn’t until years later that I actually figured out who the Wilburys were. When I was 10, I just thought they were guys with funny hats or something, never having bothered to read the tiny cassette liner notes. I knew who George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Tom …