Unexpected Source Of A Grimly Ironic Song About Impending Nuclear Armageddon Of The Weeeeek

This is an Anglicised cover version of a song originally by American singer-satirist Peter Scott Peters, which casts an arched eyebrow over the 1960s threat of the western world being destroyed by atomic bombs.

And which architects of the satire boom are responsible for this? Dudley Moore and/or Peter Cook? Bird and Fortune? Bernard Levin… well, maybe not Bernard Levin, clearly.

No, none of those.

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That’s right, the duo behind “Mike And Bernie Winters In Toyland”, and “For Mums And Dads Of All Ages”, putting out a single about a hipster shelter dweller blinkeredly anticipating how well he’ll be able to cope as soon as the big one drops. Hurrah! Also: Brrrr.

I'm not scared
I'm prepared
We'll be spared
I've got a fallout shelter, it's 9 by 9
Hi-Fi set and a jug of wine
Let the missiles fly from nation to nation
But it's party time in my radiation station
A 14 day supply of multi-purpose food
A TV set I'm sure to include
Build a bomb bungalow, one of your own
With no down payment and a government loan
Let the tests go on in the atmosphere
In my fallout shelter, I'll have no fear
My baby and me, cozy we will be
Away from radioactivity
20 megatons is the size of the boom
And if they let it go, I'll feel no doom
Let the cats run about, helter-skelter
I'm gonna, live, live, live in my fallout shelter
I'm not scared
I'm petrified
We'll be spared
20 megatons is the size of the boom
And if they let it go, I'll feel no doom
Let the cats run about, helter-skelter
I'm gonna live, live, live in my fallout shelter
So if you want to be full of confidence
Get survival jazz and civil defense
You'll live like a king in your fallout pad
'Till the all clear sounds, we're swingin', dad
We're swingin', dad
So what?

Mike & Bernie Winters [1961]
Fallout Shelter
(P. Scott-Peters)
Oriole 1718

[Lyrics and info taken from AtomicPlatters.]

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