As I write this, the world’s two biggest babies are having a boo boo and shouting ‘My button’s bigger than yours’ at each other.
So while we look at the back of the cupboards for our potassium iodine tablets that went out of date in the 1980’s, I thought I’d spend my time helping mankind, by putting a Spotify playlist together of some music to keep you company during the impending nuclear war.
Playlist // Songs for a Nuclear War
Here we go:
1. Barry McGuire: Eve of Destruction
2. Bob Dylan: A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
3. The The: Armageddon Days
4. Duran Duran: Planet Earth
5. Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Two Tribes
6. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Enola Gay
7. Bell X1: The End is Nigh
8. Kraftwerk: Radioactivity
9. Nena: 99 Luftballoons
10. Pink Floyd: Two Suns in the Sunset
11. Radiohead: 4 Minute Warning
12. Queen: Hammer to Fall
13. Iron Maiden: 2 Minutes to Midnight
14. The Postal Service: We Will Become Silhouettes
15. Yo La Tengo: Nuclear War – Version 2
16. Bob Dylan: Talkin’ World War III Blues
17. U2: Until The End of The World
18. The Byrds: I Come and Stand at Every Door
19. William Onyeabor: Atomic Bomb
20. Cigarettes After Sex: Apocalypse
21. Blondie: Atomic
22. Gang of Four: I Found That Essence Rare
23. R.E.M.: It’s The End of The World As We Know It
24. Bobbie Gentry: Come Away Melinda
25. Alphaville: Forever Young
26. The Clash: London Calling
27. Suede: Stay Together
28. Steely Dan: King of The World
29. Donovan: The War Drags On
30. Kate Bush: Breathing
31. Sheldon Allman: Radioactive Mama
32. Timbuk 3: The Future’s so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
33. Pete Seegar: Talking Atom (Old Man Atom)
34. The Louvin Brothers: The Great Atomic Power
35. Bob Dylan: It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
36. Moving Hearts: Hiroshima Nagasaki Russian Roulette
37. David Bowie: Bombers
So there ye go, now all you need to do is stock up on tins of baked beans and spam. If nothing else, at least it’s not zombies.
Listen on Spotify
Listen to ‘Songs for a Nuclear War’ on Spotify below or here’s a nice link for you.
It was Christmas Eve babe… Hope you’re having a fantastic time wherever you are, surrounded by friends and loved ones.
Thanks to you all for listening. Over the past year, The London Ear has grown, fantastically. We’re getting more members of the Irish community in London involved and getting more people sharing and listening to the show.
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I thank you.
The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM // Show 140 // Christmas Eve 2016 // Playlist
Here’s what happened:
1. Croupier: Carol of the Bells
2. U2: Baby Please Come Home
3. Blink: Happy Christmas 22
4. The Pogues: Fairytale of New York
5. Gar Cox: Too Late for Christmas
6. Mark Geary & Glen Hansard: Christmas Biscuits
7. Frankie Goes to Hollywood: The Power of Love
8. Raglans: Christmas Number One
9. Steve Lawson: Hark / Winter
10. Autamata: Liberty Bell
11. The Darkness: Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)
12. Keith Harkin: Have yourself a Merry little Christmas
Today’s show was also scattered with Jingle by George Michael.
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Its not necessarily a good idea for band trying to ‘make it’ to release a cover version. The Aftermath though, have just sent a radio only single to media. The band have already notched up three top twenty singles and a top twenty album with their own original music.What makes this different is its a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s classic ‘The Power of Love’ but more importantly, its bloody brilliant.
The Aftermath stay faithful to the original but singer Johnny Cronin brings a tenderness and frailty to this version that hasn’t been felt in the original song in a long time.
The production is clear, and crisp, and often quite haunting as the band have recaptured the essence of this 1984 classic.
You can’t buy it, I haven’t seen it or heard it online, the only way you can is to request it from your local radio station.
After The Aftermath having a great ‘noughties’ this is an immense way to finish off the decade and they show they are comfortable in their own skins by not being afraid of conquering this magnificent cover.
Can I give 10 out of 6?