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Atomic Platters: Straight out of Hollywood - Atomic Records

SONGS: ATOMIC



Atomic Telephone: The Spirit of Memphis Quartet [1952]
This gospel number repeats the theme of the divine-atomic nexus and uses the specially powered telephone of the title as its symbolic teaching aid...

B. Bomb Baby: The Jewels [1956]
Another tune comparing a woman to an explosive device, this rousing R&B tune extols the simple virtues of the song narrator's "B. Bomb Baby"...

Bert The Turtle (The Duck And Cover Song): Dick 'Two Ton' Baker [1953]
In 1952 the executive producer of the seminal civil defense film 'Duck And Cover' (starring a cartoon turtle named Bert), Leo M. Langlois, tried to negotiate a royalty arrangement with the government to distribute, as a "give-away," the theme song to his famous educational movie...

Bikini: Dexter Gordon [1947]
How this snarky, piano/sax driven bop number got its unusual name is almost as interesting as the tune itself...

Brush The Dust From That Old Bible: Bradley Kincaid [1950]
This fire and brimstone song advises the listener to return to religion, to "brush the dust" off of a seldom read bible, before the inevitable atomic holocaust...

Crawl Out Through The Fallout: Sheldon Allman [1960]
As evidenced by this tune and his other platter, 'Radioactive Mama,' Sheldon Allman really knew how to write an amusing atomic lyric...

Dawn of Correction, The: The Spokesmen [1965]
An unfashionably optimistic answer song to Barry Maguire's hit EVE OF DESTRUCTION...

Fallout Shelter: Billy Chambers [1962]
Pop culture historians and music scholars have long noted that the so-called teenage 'death' songs of the late 1950s and early 1960s (1959's Teen Angel, 1960's Tell Laura I Love Her 1962's Patches, etc.) were, in effect, allegorical Bomb songs...

Fallout Shelter: Mike and Bernie Winters [1961]
This hilarious and satiric tune is a British take on Peter Scott Peters' American original (the UK version eliminates verses about the American FHA and CONELRAD) that was released the same year on Lute (6020)...

Fallout Shelter: Dore Alpert [1962]
Before Herb Alpert defined his well-known style as a pop jazz artist, he issued this atomic ditty under the name Dore Alpert...

Fifty Megatons: Sonny Russell [1963]
Fifty Megatons is a singularly bizarre rockabilly record about a man who is blown out of bed by the Bomb and winds up on the moon being swallowed by a "floating space alligator"...

Fujiyama Mama: Wanda Jackson [1957]
This blistering, take-no-prisoners rockabilly tune is one of Wanda Jackson's best loved recordings...

Great Atomic Power: The Louvin Brothers [1952]
This beautifully harmonized, gospel inflected song likens the advent of atomic power to that of the second coming Christ...

H-Bomb: Unidentified [1998 / recording date unknown]
This rockabilly Bomb song is unusual in that it isn't just another senseless rave-up. The lyrics actually have some embedded social concern...


Hydrogen Bomb: Al Rex [Recorded 1959]
This memorable, if slight rockabilly tune by a former Bill Haley Comet blends hep-cat lyrics about "Jonah and a crazy whale" and religious doom...

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