Thursday, December 21, 2017

D-Day Is Here! MA-118 – ’80s Armageddon


            As everybody knows, a few years ago there was another one of those dumb flurriesof worry that the world would end -- this time is was supposed to be on December 21, 2012.

            Now, something momentous DID happen on that date -- a grandson was born to us.
      
            Chicken Little-like cluckings and hysteria about impending doom have always been with us, even in fiction ... vide the Monster Shouter in Stephen King's The Stand, or Rorschach's secret identity in Watchmen.



            This week our compilation is not only from the 1980s, but songs from the 1980s of a certain pessimistic slant.  These performers had a lot of nuclear angst. 

             What do creative people write and sing about when they’re afraid the End Is Near? They perform songs about the fear that humanity is just about ready to “Bite the Wax Tadpole.”  WAIT, that didn’t mean doomsday, just a bottle of Coke.

Anyway, here are the songs.

01 - Political Games - Day After   1984  (3:03)

02 - 1985 - Out of Data   1985  (3:13)

03 - Drop the Bomb - 24 Hours   1981  (1:39)

04 - Instant Annihilation - Stereo-Types   1986  (3:43)

05 - Wardance - Art Interface   1984  (4:27)

06 - Atomic War - Leo Keling   1980  (3:04)

07 - Ask - The Smiths   1986  (3:07)

08 - This Mourning - Chalk Circle   1987  (3:32)

09 - Atomic Age - Elli & Jacno   1981  (4:02)

10 - This Is Not a Test - Christmas   1989  (3:07)

11 - Chernobyl Baby - Baby Amphetamine   1987  (2:49)

12 - We Got the Bomb - The Conservatives   1983  (2:55)

13 - Beat the Bomb - Alex Space   1981  (3:10)

14 - Love Missile F-11 (single version) - Sigue Sigue Sputnik   1986  (3:45)

15 - Humatomic Energy - Slickaphonics   1985  (4:01)

16 - Gonna Put My Face on a Nuclear Bomb - Mojo Nixon and Kid Roper   1986  (2:36)

17 - Hydrogenic - Bohemia   1981  (3:10)

18 - Images of Fire - Fatal Charm   1986  (4:11)

19 - Watch the Skies Go Red - Forever 19   1985  (3:59)

20 - She's a Nuclear Bomb - The Dull   1986  (4:30)

21 - Atomic City - Plastic Money   1984  (3:19)

22 - Z-Bomb - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission   1980  (3:35)

23 - Isotope Tan - Transport   1982  (3:14)


            Despite the mostly pessimistic viewpoint, these are some *ahem* KILLER songs (get it?).  Hope you can dig ’em!





            See you back here next Thursday, friends, with perhaps a more cheerful outlook ...

  

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