We Are Living Through the Worst Eighties Reboot: Cold War Dread Is Back

7/3/2022 5:03:00 PM

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is bringing back dark memories of the nuclear age — for the MTV generation, it’s a nightmare that never went away

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is bringing back Cold War anxiety, and thinking the unthinkable is transforming pop culture all over again. Read robsheff on why we’re living in the worst Eighties reboot ever.

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is bringing back dark memories of the nuclear age — for the MTV generation, it’s a nightmare that never went away

“Kyiv Calling.”“Drop The Bomb.”His.” (As Rolling Stone noted at the time, “Frankie say nuclear war is no good mostly because it would rule out any future orgasms.”) The crabby old men at the controls were falling apart, physically and mentally. One day in 1984, Reagan felt frisky before a radio broadcast, so he cracked a joke: “I have signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever.

.If all you had were those 5 minutes, you needed to pack in as much living as possible.A quintessential New Wave one-shot like Haysi Fantayzee could score a hit likenovelty bop, but as they explained, it was “a party song about dressing up after the bomb has dropped.” (

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robsheff It’s a reboot of the late 70’s with Jimmy Carter you tired old hacks😂 robsheff robsheff The problem now is the large population of Americans who support Putin’s plan to build back the USSR and the spread of fascist authoritarian rule. robsheff Cold War ended USSR, new war needs to end putin and his thugs

robsheff The Cold War brought America together as a whole against Communism. This ain’t that. Mainly because of how corrupt Ukraine is, and the fact that many ppl think we shouldn’t even be involved robsheff Unlike the cold War people in Ukraine are dying everyday of russian rockets and missiles, women,children are assaulted ,schools and domestic areas are destroyed..so it's much worse than cold war, which didn't destroy ussr completely..

robsheff 🤣 ven en como EEUU metió su cuchara en un conflicto q no debió escalonar a guerra🤦🏻‍♀️. Pero la vida gringa debe llevarse a todos lados. Próximamente a Uganda y por qué por el oro😉. Who is the bad guy 🤔 robsheff Rolling Stone forgot that the Cold War was meant to stop the spread of communism. A reboot of the Cold War would have China as the villain.

robsheff Too bad Rolling Stone can't publish a quality magazine with vetted stories in print any more...like they used too..in the 80s !

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.The artist Geographer, whose name is Mike Deni, started his music career in San Francisco.most medium and large continental reptiles suddenly disappeared at the end of the Triassic , when temperatures plunged and decade-long eruptions clouded the air with sulphur.Kardashian also took to her Instagram story to address her “scary and emotional week.

“Breathing” hit Top of the Pops in 1980, the same year the Clash were on the radio ranting against atomic doomsday in “London Calling.” (The Ukrainian punk band Beton just fittingly turned it into “Kyiv Calling.  "The Bay Area -- for me, when I think about the things that I love -- it's really the beauty of the place," said Deni.” ) It was there in the go-go scene, where Black artists and dancers in Washington D. These dinosaurs then expanded across the world throughout the Jurassic, taking the place of large non-insulated reptiles, which had been wiped out.C. And it's great, but you don't get to experience the city that you're in.—the city everybody knew was first on the red-button list—gathered by night to chant Trouble Funk’s “Drop The Bomb.

” When the big one drops, it falls on all the party people—the Freak Crew, the Technicolor Crew, the White Boy Crew, the Sugar Grit Crew, and all the other cliques who get shouted out in this song, because everybody’s blowing up together. You're like, 'I don't know what Baltimore is like, because I just went to the venue and I left. “Polar dinosaurs are not on the margin. Trouble Funk released their “Drop The Bomb” 12-inch on the hip-hop label Sugar Hill—a moment where NYC and D.C. The oldest musical festival in the Bay Area set in a natural amphitheater has drawn capacity crowds every Sunday this summer for its weekly free concerts. were on the same page.” Journal reference:. When Brezhnev died, his replacement Yuri Andropov expired after 15 months. Deni got his start performing at open mic nights at the Hotel Utah in the city's South Park neighborhood.

* His * replacement Konstantin Chernenko croaked 13 months later, barely surviving long enough to see himself get eviscerated by Frankie Goes To Hollywood in their video for “Two Tribes .” (As Rolling Stone noted at the time, “Frankie say nuclear war is no good mostly because it would rule out any future orgasms. And then wait all night, watching all these other great artists.”) The crabby old men at the controls were falling apart, physically and mentally. One day in 1984, Reagan felt frisky before a radio broadcast, so he cracked a joke: “I have signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. And that's where I met my first band mates, and my friends," said Deni. We begin bombing in 5 minutes.

” [https://www. Like many artists, he spent much of the pandemic performing virtually and on Instagram Live.youtube.com/watch?v=0VQgbMOezqA] When you read these words, they seem merely stupid, but hearing him say it, the zest in his voice, the way he drools at the punch line, this man is quite clearly deranged. You wouldn’t trust him with your car keys, much less ICBMs. As Phil Collins put it, this was definitely a .

That’s why Eighties music had so much desperation behind the hedonism, even when it was disguised to pass for zany shenanigans. If all you had were those 5 minutes, you needed to pack in as much living as possible. Duran Duran declared, “We want to be the band to dance to when the bomb drops.” The Smiths sang, “If it’s not love, then it’s the bomb that will bring us together.” A quintessential New Wave one-shot like Haysi Fantayzee could score a hit like —it might seem like just a fun novelty bop, but as they explained, it was “a party song about dressing up after the bomb has dropped.

” ( The writer Matthew Perpetua has assembled an excellent of Eighties bomb-paranoia pop, fittingly titled “Melt With You.”) But the songs and movies stayed popular after the Cold War ended, even as the nation tried to forget it ever happened. Prince classics like “1999” or “Sign O’ The Times” were more beloved than ever. Nuke imagery seemed so harmless, the kiddie rap duo Kris Kross could put a mushroom cloud on the cover of their 1993 album Da Bomb , without any controversy in this country. (The Japanese edition censored the artwork.

) The fact that all these ICBMs were still stockpiled out there , still ready to go off, faded from the public imagination. There was plenty other shit to get upset about. But now that panic is back, forcing America to confront long-cherished myths about the past, along with buried fears about the future. (As Steve Kandell wrote in , it’s “the gritty reboot of Gen X’s nuclear nightmares.”) Yet the Cold War revival is a shock to the cultural imagination.

America has clung to the fantasy that the threat was over and the good guys won. The idea that this history had a happy ending, or any ending at all, has taken a beating in recent years—like when Donald Trump proudly paraded as Putin’s BFF, while treatening other countries with nuclear war on a well-known social-media site. There was a hit movie a few years ago called Yesterday , a hugely popular rom-com about a world where the Beatles have disappeared into a memory hole, so there’s only one person alive who knows their songs. When he plays a gig in Moscow, the crowd happily sings along with “Back in the U.S.

S.R.,” even the line, “The Ukraine girls really knock me out.” This was already beyond belief in 2019 —nobody involved knew Russia and Ukraine weren’t the same country any more? Or that thousands of people had been killed fighting over it? Yet that oblivion wasn’t just an oddity in a rom-com. It was America’s fantasy of the world for a long time.

A fantasy where the Cold War was over and the U.S. won. A fantasy where America spent thirty years. But that fantasy was yesterday.

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