A two-fer about eighties music - I'm looking for eighties songs about the cold war, Reagan, Thatcher, US foreign policy, etc. Also looking for music I'll enjoy if I like eighties cellist composer guy Arthur Russell.
I'm working on a mix tape of music with an eighties cold war feeling - especially left/alternative/punk/post-punk/experimental songs. So far, I'm including a song by Sisters of Mercy
, both the Seven Seconds and the Nena versions of "99 Red Balloons", some Dead Kennedys (probably "Terminal Preppy" and "Kill the Poor"), Billy Bragg's "To Have and Have Not", plus some more obscure songs about the 1984 Miners' Strike, plus a few songs that just feel
Cold War to me - Lene Lovich's "Let's Go To Your Place", for example.
(Not really looking for Peter Gabriel/U2 - level radio pop, even if big and important.)
What songs say "Cold War" to you? They need not be directly about nuclear war, Russia and so on - but they should strongly convey the mood of the Reagan/Thatcher eighties.
As part of this project, I've been listening to some Arthur Russell
, whose work seems to capture the end of the seventies and the start of the AIDS epidemic. I really, really like Arthur Russell - the way his cello sort of squeaks and wanders, the way his voice is croaky or sometimes thready and his lyrics allusive and melancholy, the way even his dance tracks are sort of cerebral. Who else should I listen to?