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ANTI-NUKE SONGS AND SONGS ABOUT NUCLEAR ENERGY, NUCLEAR WASTE, RADIATION, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AND NUCLEAR WAR

RATINGS... for each clip are out of a possible 5, based on overall song quality, relevance to the theme, and perceptibility of that relevance.

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BEST NUCLEAR SONGS

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good “Hot Spot” ... by Phil Manzanera

Hot Spot is a particularly stark juxtaposition of our modern distractions—in this case, a nightclub—with the consequences of leaving the reigns of power in the hands of madmen who have the keys to the nukes and other weapons of mass destruction.

L Y R I C S   S N I P P E T

I said "Hey, baby what you need the needle for?"
She said, "It used to be illegal, now it's a law!
We're all shooting atropine to make damn sure,
Everyday since they started up the third world war..."

See full "Hot Spot" lyrics on GP

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album cover for K-Scope Watch 'Hot Spot' music video

From the album K-Scope
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Rating: 4 of 4 -- Very good “Godzilla” ... by Blue Oyster Cult

A fun classic. The eco spin is Godzilla's origins—genetic mutation from radiation.

L Y R I C S   S N I P P E T

History shows again and again
How nature points out the folly of men . . .
Godzilla!

See full "Godzilla" lyrics on GP

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album cover for Spectres Watch 'Godzilla' music video

From the album 'Spectres'
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Read GP's 'Spectres' album review

Rating: 4 of 4 -- Very good “The Sun Is Burning” ... by Simon & Garfunkel

The song starts out with pastoral images of everyday life, culminating in the terrifying end described in the lyrics below. A great anti-nuke song from the 1960s folk-rock era.

L Y R I C S   S N I P P E T

Now the sun has come to earth,
Shrouded in a mushroom cloud of death.
Death comes in a blinding flash
Of hellish heat and leaves a smear of ash . . .
And the sun has come to earth.

See full lyrics on Sing365

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album cover for Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. Watch 'The Sun is Burning' music video

From the album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good “Underground” ... by Wishbone Ash

A great song, with that comments on the absurdity of politicians suggesting we do the bunker hunker so they don't have to actually solve the little problem of nuclear apocalypse.

L Y R I C S   S N I P P E T

Fireball, there's going to be a fireball...
There won't be a sign,
There was never a time like this before...

See full lyrics on Sing365

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album cover for Tracks 2 Watch 'Underground' music video

From the album Tracks 2
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good “Barrel Of Pain” ... by Crosby, Stills & Nash

When Graham Nash lived in San Francisco, he loved the bay view—until he found out they'd been dropping barrels of nuclear waste in the water.

L Y R I C S   S N I P P E T

I can see the sea begin to glow;
I can feel it leaking down below;
I can barely stand it what you're doing to me...

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From the album Allies

 

MORE GOOD NUCLEAR SONGS

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good “Fukushima Night” ... by Dalia Kobelieva

A nice rocked-out song with an explicit message to The Powers That Be on how we feel about nuclear energy and weapons.

L Y R I C S   S N I P P E T

[To] the high and mighty—
Stop the nuclear night; if
This you don't do,
WE will stop YOU.

M O R E   O P T I O N S

Watch 'Fukushima Night' music video

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good “Fukushima Baby” ... by David Stephenson

A good rave-up where the girl of his dreams may be a little to hot to handle.

L Y R I C S   S N I P P E T

When she made landfall on the Oregon Coast,
I grabbed her hand and I held her close.
When it comes to love, some feel a pitter-patter,
But I felt the heat of her nuclear reactor.

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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good “I Come and Stand at Every Door” ... by The Byrds

L Y R I C S   S N I P P E T

I'm only seven, although I died
In Hiroshima long ago....
Death came and turned my bones to dust,
And that was scattered by the wind.

See full lyrics on Live365

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From the album Fifth Dimension
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good “Radioactivity” ... by Kraftwerk

German band Kraftwerk strikes a blow against the nuclear machine, overtly criticizing the nuclear operation at Sellafield—and nuclear power in general.

L Y R I C S   S N I P P E T

Chain reaction and mutation;
Contaminated population....
Stop—radioactivity
Is in the air for you and me.

See full lyrics on Metro Lyrics

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From the album Radio-Activity
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good “Talking Atom (Old Man Atom)” ... by Pete Seeger

A witty, world-wise tune from the master folkie.

L Y R I C S   S N I P P E T

The answer to it all ain't military datum,
Like who gets there firstest with the mostest atoms.
No, the people of the world must decide their fate—
They gotta get together or disintegrate.

See full lyrics on Metro Lyrics

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From the album Gazette, Vol. 1
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good “Shut ’Em Down” ... by Gil Scott-Heron

A direct message that the only good nuclear power plant is a dead nuclear power plant.

L Y R I C S   S N I P P E T

Did you feel that rumble? Did you hear that sound?
Well it wasn't no earthquake, but it shook the ground.
It made me think about power, like it or not:
I got to work for earth
For what it's worth,
'Cause it's the only earth we've got.
Shut 'em down!

See full lyrics on Wikia

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From the album Tour de Force
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MORE GOOD NUCLEAR SONGS ...
BUT HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO ADD BELLS AND WHISTLES

  • “Crawl Out Through the Fallout” ... by Sheldon Allman
  • “Everyday Is Like Sunday” ... by 10000 Maniacs
  • “Everyday Is Like Sunday” ... by Morrissey
  • “No Nuclear War” ... by Peter Tosh
  • “North Winds Blowing” ... by The Stranglers
  • “Nuclear” ... by Ryan Adams
  • “Soviet Snow” ... by Shona Laing
  • “The Neutron Bomb” ... by Arlo Guthrie
  • “Tomahawk Cruise” ... by TV Smith
  • “We Almost Lost Detroit” ... by Gil Scott-Heron
  • “Uranium Fever” ... by Elton Britt

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • “Do You Believe in the Westworld?” ... by Theatre of Hate
  • “Flame of the West” ... by Big Country
  • “Fukushima Song—Talkin' End Game” ... by Michael Montecrossa
  • “Generals” ... by The Damned
  • “Last in the House of Flames” ... by UK Decay
  • “Living Through Another Cuba” ... by XTC
  • “Nagasaki Nightmare” ... by Crass
  • “Two Tribes” ... by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • “Uranium Rock” ... by The Cramps
  • “Warhead” ... by UK Subs
                

 

IN THE REVIEW QUEUE ...

  • “Anti-Nuclear Blues” ... by Louisiana Red
  • “Don't Melt Down on My Baby” ... by Tru Fax & the Insaniacs
  • “Face the Fire” ... by Dan Fogelberg
  • “Geiger Counter” ... by Kraftwerk
  • “No Filthy Nuclear Power ” ... by Oi Polloi
  • “No Nuke Blues” ... by Vic Sadot
  • “Nuclear Blues” ... by Frances Plante-Scott
  • “Nuclear Blues” ... by Blood Sweat & Tears
  • “Nuclear Infected” ... by Alice Cooper
  • “Nuclear Reactor” ... by Birth Control
  • “Nuclear Waste” ... by Oi Polloi
  • “Nuclear Waste” ... by Sting & the Radioactors
  • “Nuclear Waste” ... by Tru Fax & the Insaniacs
  • “Playing with Uranium” ... by Duran Duran
  • “Power” ... by John Hall
  • “Radiation” ... by Evan Johns & the H-Bombs
  • “Radium Rain” ... by Bruce Cockburn
  • “Roulette” ... by Bruce Springsteen
  • “The Devil Made Three Mile Island” ... by Al & Jean Shade
  • “The Invention of Nuclear Power” ... by Peter Adams
  • “The Plutonium Song” ... by Malvina Reynolds
  • “Thumbnail Sketch of Atomic Energy” ... by Tom Glazer
  • “Uh Oh Plutonium” ... by Anne Waldeman/Hyacinth Girls
  • “Uranium Rock” ... by Warren Smith
  • “Uranium” ... by Kraftwerk
  • “Uranium” ... by The Commodores
                

 

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RELATED AUDIO

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 30.MAY.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Leid Stories

Hanford—America's Fukushima — The Hanford Site in south-central Washington state manufactured two-thirds of US plutonium during World War II and the Cold War. During those 40-plus years, a steady stream of industrial and radioactive waste was dumped directly into the surrounding air, the Columbia River, and the grounds of the 586-square-mile reservation. Now, the United States is faced with the largest cleanup in history, with little hope that it will totally succeed. Investigator Paul DeRienzo reports.
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GP comment:  The American political establishment shows no signs of phasing out—or even slowing down—nuclear energy and weapons.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.May.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 29.MAY.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

Godzilla and the Anti-Nuclear Meme — It's been six decades since Godzilla first hit the screen, and to celebrate the big guy's birthday, Rialto Pictures is releasing a restored version of Ishiro Honda's 1954 original Godzilla film. Critic John Powers discusses the advent of Godzilla in the aftermath of Nagasaki/Hiroshima, the era of American H-bomb tests in the Pacific, and specter of doomed children setting off Geiger counters. ~~ Steve Ryfle is the author of a book about the Honda Godzilla film and the many sequels. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2004, on the film's 50th anniversary.
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GP comment:  "History shows again and again // How nature points out the folly of men." -- Blue Oyster Cult

Original Show Pub Date: 02.May.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR, ENERGY — 25.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Green Power And Wellness

Energy Economics—Nuclear Failing, Solar Ascending — Michael Mariotte of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service explains why economics are driving the collapse of the nuclear power industry in Europe, the US, and Japan. No corporation will build a new nuke plant without subsidies. That's because they know the economics of nuclear energy are horrible. At the same time, we are witnessing an astonishing rise of solar energy due to ever-decreasing panel prices. Mariotte points out that it's now cheaper in many parts of the US to add solar to your rooftop than to connect to the grid.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   55:33

GP comment:  Got a 401K? Turn part of it into rooftop solar for your home. THAT is a diverse investment portfolio.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Apr.2014

 
 
     
     
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