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RADAR: Radiation-Related Music Page
It's really amazing. We have gotten so much done in the last couple of years putting this site together and making all of the information access so automated, we really have very little left to do with ourselves anymore. We probably should do some volunteer work in the community or something, but we decided that it would be more fun to make a compilation of radiation-related songs. Here's a list of the songs we found. If you have any suggestions for ones we could add, please let us know! We are not treating all songs dealing with nuclear weapons, just radiation directly.
Nuclear ThemesSay it with the President: "Nyu-kyu-ler". We are not going to cover every song about the bomb, nuclear war, etc., we will just stick to radiation/radioactivity songs.
Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, by Lee McCollum --- Recorded by at least a half a dozen artists, I like this one.
Nuclear Infected, by Alice Cooper --- "I'm nuclear infected, looking for a mate, so slip on something lead, babe, and go out on a date". "I'm nuclear infected, I need something to eat, a China Syndrome Salad with plutonium and cheese." Says it all.
Nuclear Guru, by Orange Goblin --- real cheery stuff - "Astro-palace, fourth dimension, neutrons gathered in a cosmagnetic shell, he's Satan's scientific offspring, nuclear Guru of interplanetary hell". Didn't Dolly Parton adapt this for a Christmas special?
Watching Joey Glow, by Steve Goodman --- Submitted by Jeremy Boak. "Down here in the shelter, we've got everything we need. Mom put up her peach preserves, Pa's got a book to read. Sister knits some bandages, and we turn the lights down low, and play some Scrabble, watching Joey glow." Brilliant!
Nuclear Waste, by Oi Polloi --- slightly misguided anti-nuke song. Hard to understand how it can be sung, it's quite wordy.
Nuclear Love Machine, by Ugly Americans --- could not find these lyrics, but the title is promising, eh? If you have a link to these lyrics, let me know.
Nuclear War on the Dance Floor, by Electric Six --- Not much to this one, but there is some limited literary value: "Electric lovin a sex crime, You're a pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty girl. You can do a lot of things with that." Memorable, well, in a 'Memento' kind of way.
Two Monstrous Nuclear Stockpiles, by Discharge --- The song has two lines. The title is almost longer. These guys weren't overachievers, I guess.
Just the X-rays, Ma'amX-ray, by Black Lab --- I don't know if that's 'Lab' for 'Labrador' or 'Laboratory'. And I don't much care. Nice enough little song, though.
X-ray, by The Kinks --- More introspective than one would expect from a rock song. They pegged me with the "inside every straight upright citizen a tormented emotionally impaired psychologically damaged personality resides", wellllll, OK, except for that "upright citizen" part.
X-ray Man, by Liz Phair --- An OK little song.
X-ray Eyes, by Guster --- We have four, count 'em four, "x ray eyes" to get through. This one's a bit funky.
X-ray Eyes, by Kiss --- Standard, formula rock 'n' roll.
X-ray Eyes, by Randy --- An OK, nostalgic piece.
X-ray Eyes, by The Bee Gees --- Oh yeah, here we go, this is nice. "She's kind of supernatural, a human laserbeam. A magical phenomenon that penetrates my dreams" and more "ah-ee-ah-ee-yah"s than you can shake a stick at. Good stuff.
X-ray Mind, by Mad Season --- A little bit dark, but not enough to get moved to "The DARK Side", below.
X-ray Blues, by Ray Charles --- Mr. Class. But major bummer, I could not find these lyrics. Any suggestions for a site are appreciated. Someone suggested that it might be just an instrumental. If anyone knows, tell me, OK?
[CAUTION, OFFENSIVE LYRICS] X-ray Specs, by The Sweet --- You may want to rinse off after reading this one.
X-ray Style, by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros --- A lively sounding little piece. Good band name.
X-ray Mirror, by Voivod --- Very interesting imagery. Borders on actual poetry for me. Then there's....
Neutrino, by Voivod --- This borders on disjointed stream of consciousness: "dark neutrino, low frequency, false memory, no compromise, all hope denied, planet creation, psycho transformer, subject retention, reset dead people". If you get it, please don't tell me, K?
Little Neutrino, by Klaatu --- "I am someone you'll never know, I am the little neutrino, And now I'm passing through, The one who is known as you". Kinda cute.
X-ray Hamburger, by The Network --- Sketchy, some sci fi imagery. I really don't know what they are trying to communicate.
The Man with the X-ray Eyes, by Bauhaus --- Vague, sort of angry song. "The atomic open house is really here" - if you say so, son.
Childhood Memories, By British Sea Power --- "no a little electricity won't hurt...God help us if the radiation leaks, God help us if nobody knows for weeks..." Kind of a disturbed childhood, I guess. A little therapy wouldn't hurt, either.
Redemption Song, by Bob Marley --- "Have no fear for atomic energy, 'Cause none of them can stop the time. How long shall they kill our prophets, While we stand aside and look? Ooh!" Bob only gets so angry, ya know? Could have to do with a certain mellowing substance oft nearby.
[CAUTION, OFFENSIVE STUFF] I Saw An X-Ray Of A Girl Passing Gas, by the Butthole Surfers --- I tried to keep this site, and page, classy. This is trashy, but you gotta put it in, dontcha think? No, the lyrics don't get classier than the title, as you might imagine. Confused, but perhaps fun if the shoe fits (see note above about "impaired psychologically damaged personality").
[CAUTION, OFFENSIVE LYRICS] Your X-Rays Have Just Come Back From The Lab And We Think We Know What Your Problem Is, by Jets To Brazil --- o-o-o-o-o-k. Just one bad word in an otherwise interesting little ramble which, however, has nothing much to do with the title, as far as I can tell. Just some general commentary on societal problems. "I am the rabbit wrapped in panic actor"? I think I would like to hear this one sometime, but I could be wrong.
The DARK SideThank God For The Bomb, by Ozzy Osbourne --- "Nuke ya, nuke ya", a cheery sentiment by our wild and crazy brother Ozzy.
Birth by Radiation, by Deceased --- Yes, yes, 'Birth' by 'Deceased'; you think too much. Good, nasty heavy metal imagery. Gotta be some heavy, pounding guitar music to go with this one, I'll bet.
Electric Funeral, by Black Sabbath --- "Flashes in the sky turns houses into sties, Turns people into clay, radiation minds decay." It's Black Sabbath, you were expecting maybe kittens and flowers? Of course I don't know what that last phrase is supposed to mean; they probably didn't either.
Radiation Sickness, by Nuclear Assault--- The feel-good hit of the new millennium. Yup, these guys are current. If you're having a tough day, just sing a little chorus of "Die, slow, death, Die, slow, death, Die, slow, death, Die, slow, death" and you'll perk right up. Well, at least if you are Invader Zim, I guess.
[CAUTION, OFFENSIVE LYRICS] Radiation Sickness, by Repulsion --- Two great tastes that taste great together, radiation sickness and repulsion. Another really uplifting ditty. Just one bad word, lots of dark imagery.
Radioactive Toy, by Porcupine Tree --- There seems to be a group called 'Cemetery Scream" (who apparently recorded at the 'Gamma Studio' in Krakow, Poland, can it be??) that has a song by the same name, but I can't find their lyrics. Not sure a lot of searching is worth the further depression of my nervous system should I succeed.
Unfinished Radiation, by Gore --- I don't think this is Al Gore, and I KNOW it ain't Tipper. Al always has some unfinished business, or some other excuse for making a speech, but this seems a bit dark for him, even if he's thinking of George on his Radiation Ranch. There are some other, ahem, cute lyrics by this apparently disturbed group of, ahem, individuals, but we cannot fail to mention......
Attenuated Mutant Worms, by Gore --- Their grasp of radiation attenuation physics and radiation biology may be a bit weak, but they get FIRST RUNNER UP for the best title on the page.
Radioactive, by Septic Flesh --- Two great tastes ... wait, I used that dumb joke already. 'Septic Flesh'? OK, whatever. A delightful song of minefields, shattered limbs and cockroach eggs. Do we sense a literary trend here? Do we want to change jobs suddenly??? I think I need a shower, hot one, very hot.
Your Love is Like Nuclear Waste, by Tuff Darts --- Jim Herrold transcribed the lyrics for us (what a guy!) Here's some: "Your love is like nuclear waste. Your body is a danger to the human race. They should stamp 'contaminated' right across your face." "I'd rather crawl through poison ivy or grab high tension lines, cut my legs off at my knees or set myself on fire than be between the sheets with you, for any time or feel your scaley flesh moving onto mine." Hopeless romantics, obviously, but can they sing?
Miscellaneous BitsWhiskey-Faced-Radioactive-Blowdryin'-Lady --- Well, this one is way out there. Not a really great song by any stretch, but a way cool song title, no? Our **WINNER** for best song title on the page.
The Radium Dance, by Jean Schwartz --- Originally done in a musical called "Piff! Paff! Pouf!". A nice description can be found at the PTP historical collection website on this topic.
Radioactive, an album by AM Radio --- Original, hand-written lyrics, scanned in. Can't tell if there is really much about radiation.
The Atomic Cafe --- Billed as "satirical documentary on the subject of American propaganda". Includes a soundtrack with songs like "Jesus Hits Like an Atom Bomb", "Atom Bomb Baby" and "Sputniks and Mutniks". Supposedly available on DVD now.
Cs-137 --- Check out this duo! According to their bio, "Isaac Glendening and Matthew Cargil formed Cesium-137 in 1998. Experimenting with various forms of dance music and making an effort to generate new tones within their compositions, the duo began performing at various underground nightspots in their native Philadelphia area." I didn't see much in their lyrics about radiation, but they do report a "chemical high, demons in my mind".
The Radioactive Goldfish --- An early 1990's band....and the corollary...
The Radioactive Cats --- Also a 1990's band, not much about radiation I can perceive. This is, however the name of an interesting art piece of some acclaim, by Sandy Skoglund:
The Radiators --- A late 1990's band.
David Lindley & El Rayo X --- Current band.
Do not fail to notice the all time winner, of course, for Song of the Site, scrolling by below....