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Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security
Atomic Platters: Songs from the Space Race

SONGS: SPACE RACE



Satellite: Teresa Brewer [1958]
There were seemingly numerous 'satellite' songs released in the wake of the October 4, 1957 launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik...

Satellite Baby: Skip Stanley [1956]
In a genre rife with guilty pleasures, this strange sci-fi/rockabilly hybrid is near the top...

Satellite No. 2: Carl Mann [Recorded 1958]
Not much political commentary can be gleaned from this opportunistic rockabilly rave-up that uses the name recognition of Sputnik as an excuse for a song...

Sputnik (Satellite Girl): Jerry Engler and the Four Ekkos [1957]
A rocking rockabilly number that imagines a guy and his girl circling the earth on the famous Russian satellite. No, the lyrics don't make a whole lot of sense, but the tune certainly moves...

Sputnik Baby: Roosevelt Sykes [1957]
One of the best Cold War blues records ever released, this punchy, electric track diverges with most other political blues songs of the era in that it...

Sputnik II: Al Barkle with the Tri-Tones [1957]
This goofy love song to the Russian satellite is probably the dumbest Sputnik song ever written, but it is undeniably catchy...

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...



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