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Atomic Platters: Red Scare Songs

SONGS: RED SCARE



Advice to Joe: Roy Acuff [1951]
The particularly pointed and harsh lyrics of this track reflect with crystal clarity the extreme tensions that existed during the early Cold War...

This silly track lampoons the tragic teen songs of the late '50s and early '60s by recounting the melodramatic travails of the titular anti-heroine...

Bear Flew Over The Ocean, The: Jimmie Driftwood [1959]
This repetitive country song urges the 'bear' of the title (read: Khrushchev) to spread the word to the Russian public of America's free and peaceful people. Fat chance...

Death Of Joe Stalin (Good Riddance): Buddy Hawk and his Buddies [1953]
Another celebratory tune in dishonor of the deceased Soviet dictator...

Fiery Bear, The: Jack Holden & Frances Kay [1950]
Another stern warning to the Soviet Union that casts the U.S. as the responsible adult in the Cold War balance of power...

Get That Communist, Joe: The Kavaliers [1954]
The McCarthy era with its witch hunts and blacklists is justly remembered as one of the darkest periods of American history, but it also happened to inspire at least two classic, if incredibly obscure, novelty songs...

Hammers And Sickles: The Charades [1966]
A sweetly sung anti-Communist plea for the future of America's children...

I'm No Communist: Carson Robison [1952]
Scotty Wiseman's I'm No Communist is ostensibly a condemnation of Communism, but it is equally harsh on what the song's protagonist...

Khrushchev Meets The Devil: Jay Chevalier [1962]
A rolling, bouncy rockabilly number, the lyrics of this tune imagine Khrushchev calling Satan on the phone...

Let's Keep The Communists Out: Ferlin 'Terry Preston' Husky [1950]
An essentially spoken word song that has the courage to finally tell the truth about the underlying fear that drove the Cold War: That if the Communists were to ever take over, they would place Santa Claus in a gulag...

Mr. Khruschev: Bo Diddley [1962]
The genre of Cold War music could be considered complete without this track featuring Bo Diddley weighing in with a number performed with his trademark beat...

Mr. Stalin You're Eating Too High Off The Hog: Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith and his Crackerjacks [1950]
This song serves as yet another advisory to the Soviet dictator. Two other such country numbers (No, No Joe and Advice To Joe) can be found in this database which begs the question...

The letter song was an old tradition by the time of the Cold War and this tune is but one of several issued during the period...

Poor Left-Winger: Janet Greene [1966]
This satirical first-person lament about a liberal duped by an unkempt Communist folksinger was produced in a modern country style and is notable because it is performed by an artist whose stage persona was manufactured to be a kind of right-wing answer to Joan Baez...

An amusing song written by folk artist Tom Glazer that seeks to find common ground with the Soviets before they use their missile...

 
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