Monday, July 25, 2005

Atomic Bomb’s Lasting Legacy: The Songs

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – August 6 marks the 60th anniversary of the day the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

And its most lasting legacy may have been the tunes the blast inspired.

That’s the explosive finding by Bill Geerhart, who compiled more than 100 cold war-oriented songs for a new box set, Atomic Platters: Cold War Music From The Golden Age Of Homeland Security.

Geerhart says the first atomic bomb-related song was recorded two months after the Hiroshima blast and says country musicians were the first to use it as a source.

However, blues musicians, polka bands and pop singers all picked up on the bomb trend with songs like “Atomic Cocktail,” “Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb,” and “My Fallout Filly With The Atomic Kiss.”

In his words, “One musician told me, ‘We’re just using a new subject – the bomb – to write about an old subject, love.’”

Geerhart says 1966 marks the end of the innocent side of atomic music and says that’s when Bob Dylan and others made bomb songs more political and less danceable.

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