Many baby boomers will remember air-raid sirens, bomb shelters, and the fear of a nuclear holocaust.
However by the 1980s, artistic expressions of a nuclear apocalypse had become passé.
The style of music in this track is also a throwback to classic rock of the mid 1970s and 1980s. So of what relevance is it today?
The thing is: Just because artistic expressions about the threat of nuclear war have become passé, doesn't mean the problem has gone away. For those of us who still think it matters, the prospect of nuclear warfare appears to be looming larger and more sinister than ever.
At the time I was assembling this video, President Trump was pulling out of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty with Russia and Los Alamos was gearing-up for renewed nuclear weapons production. Also, a Russian missile testing facility blew-up and several radioactivity monitoring stations went offline. Yes folks, this was all happening in August 2019.
This song was first written in 1985, and performed during 1989 when I was heading the Calgary underground alternative band 9 DAZE ( not to be confused with any current band by the same name ).
It was inspired in part by the political climate during the 1980s surrounding what was then generically known as the Star Wars program.
Officially known as the Strategic Defense Initiative ( SDI ) the project was an ICBM defense system under development my the United States military involving a wide array of advanced weapon concepts, including particle beam weapons, ground and space-based missile systems, sensors, high-performance computer systems, and hundreds of combat centers and satellites spanning the globe. A number of these concepts were tested through the late 1980s, and some reasearch continues to this day.
The idea that in the event of a nuclear attack, that there would be no time to run first made its impression on me during grade school when we learned about the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two cities in Japan during World War Two. We were told that the intense flash etched shadows onto surfaces, and that many people died instantly.
Today there are so many nuclear weapons that if there were a nuclear war between superpowers, both sides would be obliterated. This became known as Mutually Assured Destruction ( MAD ), hence "Nothing fight for. Only to Die for."
With all this seriousness, Why then did I decide to open and close the video with a scene of a young couple on a beach talking?
The intent was to provide a shocking contrast that takes the viewer back in time using actual archival footage, so that by the end of the video, when it wraps around to the present, it is like saying that it's not too late.
Young people are the next generation of anti-nuclear protesters, and the very fate of modern civilization may now lie in their hands. By the end of the video, we can imagine that what they may be talking about is something more important than what we might have imagined at the start.
There is a lot more to be said about the threat of nuclear weapons, and this track along with the video can be used royalty free by any anti-nuclear lobby group. Please also feel free to comment on the YouTube page.