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Sputniks and Mutniks: Ray Anderson and the Homefolks [1958]

Ray (Stalin Kicked The Bucket) Anderson returned to topical recording in this 1958 masterpiece of hillbilly paranoia concerning the second Russian satellite. In the frantically paced song, the singer wonders aloud if Sputnik 2 is "atomic" and then, for no apparent reason, champions the "American hound dog" over the Soviet "mutnik," Laika. If ever there was a song that illustrates the absurdity of the space race, this is it.

Sputniks And Mutniks and its flipside Dreaming were recorded for the Mountaineer label with band members from The Osborne Brothers at the WWVA studios in Wheeling, West Virginia. For whatever reason, Mountaineer decided not to use it and made a deal with Don Pierce of Nashville to release the single on Starday.

See entry for Anderson's "Stalin Kicked the Bucket" for the artist's biographical information.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Sputniks and Mutniks: Ray Anderson and the Homefolks [1958]

Sputniks and mutniks flying through the air
Sputniks and mutniks flying everywhere
They're so ironic
Are they atomic?
Those funny missiles have got me scared

The strangest looking objects I ever saw from space
With a dog inside that got to ride into the USA
To see our hound dog or American groundhog
That Russian canine can't stand the pain

Sputniks and mutniks flying through the air
Sputniks and mutniks flying everywhere
They're so ironic
Are they atomic?
Those funny missiles have got me scared

Our scientists have admitted that we're five years behind
And if that's true I'm telling you, this hiding place is mine
Don't care if it's roomy, just so it's roomy
And so it's somewhere Sputnik can't find

Sputniks and mutniks flying through the air
Sputniks and mutniks flying everywhere
They're so ironic
Are they atomic?
Those funny missiles have got me scared.

Ray Anderson and the Homefolks [1958]
Sputniks And Mutniks
(Anderson)
Starday 342

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