). What about songs about the Cold War from the
A friend and I, both born after the fall of the Berlin Wall, were talking about the cultural legacy of the Cold War, and that inspired me to start making a mix tape for him with contemporary songs about it. Obviously there a lot of songs written during the Cold War about the Cold War, but I'm curious about how the symbols of the Cold War--the space race, US/Soviet spies and foreign policy, nuclear threat--have been repurposed in songs written after the Cold War's end.
For example, both Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
and Wolf Parade - Yulia
use Soviet space imagery with varying directness to convey isolation; the spy background of The Decemberists - The Bagman's Gambit
lends extra glamour; who knows what Destroyer - Bay of Pigs
is about, but supposedly it was inspired by a vision of Jackie Kennedy, drunk off her ass. What other fairly recent songs use Cold War imagery?
Obviously my taste runs to "insufferable indie," but please give me anything! This friend especially likes electro/pop/new wave. I'm not really looking for political songs for this mix, but I'd still be curious to hear them.