The Music I listened to and loved in the 80s had an influence on me, it’s undeniable. Along with the books I read, the television shows and movies I watched, the people I met, they all helped shape create the foundation of who I am today. Would I be me today if I hadn’t seen “The Day After” at a young age and had a near-obsession level of paranoia over my skin getting peeled off in a nuclear blast? Who’s to say? Did the artists of the music I listen to and their speaking out on political and social matters shape me? Absolutely.
I stumbled across Stereogum‘s list of 80s songs about nuclear war and it was nostalgia on full volume for me. Their list included songs I may not have realized at the time were as political as they were, but now with adult eyes and 30+ years of hindsight, I am grateful that they are. I hope you enjoy some of them as much as I do.
C.C.C.P. – “American-Soviets” (1986)
A German synthpop outfit, C.C.C.P.’s name was actually derived from translating “U.S.S.R.” The Cold War was baked into their DNA, including on their early single “American-Soviets.” Built on a persistent, throbbing beat, it’s another song that uses the chess metaphor to sketch the outsider’s perspective on the back and forth between the USA and the USSR.