Songs About Nuclear War from the Eighties, Songs Beginning with M
During the eighties, the topic of nuclear war seemed to come up a lot. It was
on the news frequently due to the arms build up under the Regean era. At one
point I think there was enough fire power to destroy the world 100 times over
(it's probably still something ridiculous like that though). With the end of
the cold war all seemed fine, although recent events in India and Pakistan
does help remind us that it could be triggered by almost any mad man who is
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*** Man At C&A *** Warning, warning, nuclear attack Atomic sounds designed to blow your mind World war three - Nuclear attack Rocking atomically - This third world war - Atomic sounds The man in black he told me the latest Moscow news about the storm across the red sea They drove their ball point views I'm the man in grey, I'm just the man at C & A And I don't have a say in the war games that they play Warning, warning, nuclear attack Shark attack to hit you on your back World war three The Mickey Mouse badge told the Ayatollah at his feet You drink your oil you schmuck, we'll eat our heads of wheat I'm the man in grey, I'm just the man at C & A And I don't have a say in the war games that they play Boom shakalaka boom Nuclear nuclear, nuclear war Warning, warning, nuclear attack The boom never ban Shark attack. (this was agreat album song off the album 'More Specials' by the 80's ska-band who also recorded the first Madness single, 'The Prince'.
Imagine a time when it all began In the dying days of a war A weapon that would settle the score Whoever found it first would be sure to do their worst. They always had before... Imagine a man where it all began A scientist pacing the floor In each nation, always eager to explore To build the best big stick To turn the winning trick. But this was something more... Chorus The big bang took and shook the world Shot down the rising sun The end was begun and it hit everyone When the chain reaction was done The big shots tried to hold it back Fools tried to wish it away The hopeful depend on a world without end Whatever the hopeless may say Imagine a place where it all began Gathered from across the land To work in the secrecy of the desert sand All of the brightest boys To play with the biggest toys More than they bargained for... Chorus Imagine a man when it all began The pilot of "Enola Gay" Flying out of the shockwave on that August day All the powers that be, and the course of history, Would be changed forevermore... -- from the album Power Windows, 1985
"Maralinga," by Urban Guerillas
Lyrics .... "Standing in the outback, rest one leg and look around No-one, nothing, nowhere, space and time go underground Decisions in the citie. "What shall we do with the 'useless' land? "Let's test the bombs for England" .. Will they ever understand? The shadow of the cloud of Hiroshima, still blacks out the sun from the land, and here in the valleys of Australia we hope it never happens again! Maralinga field of thunder, Montebello, Emu Fields Maralinga it's a sad place! Maralinga land we steal. The outlook in the outback, independence day is near. What treats lie in the treaty? Self control is needed here!" This song appeared on the Urban Guerillas "Just a Lifetime " CD in the mid nineties and I'm not sure when it was written but it is worthy of your attention. Apart from being a great song it covers the issues of uranium mining on Aboriginal land, the nuclear testing at Maralinga, Montebello and Emu Fields and mentions the dark cloud of Hiroshima that still scars humanity.
"Massive Retaliation," by Sigue Sigue Sputnik
Whole song really but here's a few lyrics: Termination baby Assassination baby New York hit back hit back Confrontation baby Radiation baby Moscow hit back
"Annhilate, Atomic fate, Mediate, Clear the State, Activate, now Radiate, a Perfect State, Food on Plate, at 98, We All Rotate, Gravitate, the Earth's Own Weight, Don't Suffocate, on Your Own Hate. . ." OK it kinda went in circles, but the message was pretty clear. The video was never shown without their "I Need You Tonight" video as a lead-in, basically a sendup of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean. . ." clip with an anti-war message. Perhaps it would have gone better with a video for their song "Guns In The Sky".
B-1 bombers in flight/Trident missiles in the air/MX missiles underground/Protect us till we're dead Memories of tomorrow-cry in sorrow Push the button/Kiss good-bye the nuclear arsenal/A-bombs flying off their ramps/Nuclear bombs explode Radioactive people/Search for medicine/Pray for shelter/Kill for food Memories of tomorrow-cry in sorrow Mass starvation/Contaminated water/Destroyed cities/Mutilated bodies Memories of tomorrow-cry in sorrow I'll kill myself/I'd rather die/If you could see the future/You'd know why Memories of tomorrow!
"Merry Minuet," by Kingston Trio
"For we should be tranquil and thankful and proud, for man's been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud; and we know for certain that some lucky day, someone will set the spark off and we will all be blown away."
"...dropping the bomb on my street"
"Minute 2 Live," by Death Piggy
Death Piggy was basically GWAR before they became GWAR. Their only album "Smile or Die!" contains two songs about nuclear destruction, one of which is Minute 2 Live. Omigod it finally happened Omigod the phones are jammed Holy shit, what do we do? We're a city of the damned One minute to live You got one second to die One minute to live You'll have time to wonder why You'll have time to hear the boom And maybe even see the shroom You'll have time to wonder why Minute to live one second to die
An Oil hit from their anti-apocalyptic album "10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1" (known by Oil fans as "Ten to One") "Sea full of submarines, AWACS like flies...I look at the clock on the wall/It says three minutes to midnight/Faith is blind when we're so near...But the dancer's hand grips the rail/And fingers are blistered on their 88s/And hope runs out the side of the page. 'Cause ears don't hear/what those eyes can't see/And you can't see me. Set on those gunsights in H.G. Well's backyard/ICBMs, SS-20s, they lie so dormant, they got so many."
"Missiles," by The Sound
Anti-violence song from their first breathtaking album of 1980: Jeopardy.
"Mistake Number Three," by Culture Club
supposedly about a relationship gone bad with parallels drawn to ww3.
It's not that you're not good enough br it's just that we can make you better br you don't have to pay the price br we can keep you young and tender br br Follow in the footsteps of a funeral pryor you were paid not to listen br now your house is on fire br br Wake me up when things get started br when everything starts to happen br
You were paid not to listen br now your house is on fire.br
When the weather starts to burn br Then you'll know that you're in trouble br Follow in the footsteps of a solider girl br It's time to put your clothes on and to br face the world.br
"Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.)," by Gillan
Ian Gillan's ultimate (anti) Nuclear War Song. http://www.answers.com/topic/ian-gillan Lyrics highlights: 'From where I stand, I can see the mushrooms in the sky....and those who have no wings will fly...'. The song reminds me of an earlier Ian Gillan Band's album cover of 1977:'Clear Air Turbulence' with a spaceship escaping the nuclear mushrooms below.
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