PROTEST AND SURVIVE – A CHRONOLOGY OF PUNK ROCK AND NUCLEAR WAR

Punk rock and the prospect of humanity’s demise in nuclear fire have always gone hand in hand, so it seemed apt amid current tensions to cast my mind back to when this threat was very much imminent in the minds of punk lyric writers the world over. From early punk, through post-punk, hardcore and thrash, the theme of thermonuclear conflict runs like a rich, dark seam.

So here’s a collection spanning nearly 40 years, about the prospect of nuclear annihilation. For some reason there are none here from the 90’s (but feel free to point them, and others, out) but the dread seemed to start picking up again around the turn of the century.

There are bands like Sado-Nation and Zero Defex that should’ve had obvious entries, but songs like ‘Nuke Up Now’ and ‘Drop the ‘A’ Bomb On Me’ don’t exist as stand alone YouTube uploads, so… here lies fifty songs, see if you can make it to the end… before the end.

Cheers, Welly

THE AVENGERS – END OF THE WORLD (SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, 1978)

THE WEIRDOS – WE GOT THE NEUTRON BOMB (LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, 1978)

DICKIES – EVE OF DESTRUCTION (LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, 1978)

THE NUNS – WORLD WAR III (SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, 1980)

U.K. SUBS – WARHEAD (LONDON, ENGLAND, UK, 1980)

DEAD KENNEDYS – KILL THE POOR (SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, 1980)

D.O.A. – WORLD WAR 3 (VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, 1980)

MINUTEMEN – PARANOID CHANT (SAN PEDRO, CA, USA, 1980)

THE VAPORS – BUNKERS (SURREY, ENGLAND, UK, 1980)

THE SOUND – MISSILES (LONDON, ENGLAND, UK, 1980)

THE SPECIALS – MAN AT C&A (COVENTRY, ENGLAND, UK, 1980)

CRASS – NAGASAKI NIGHTMARE (ESSEX, ENGLAND, UK, 1980)

YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS – FINAL DAY (CARDIFF, WALES, UK, 1980)

T.S.O.L. – WORLD WAR THREE (LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, 1981)

FUNERAL – WAITING FOR THE BOMB BLAST (LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, 1981)

THE F.U.’S – CIVIL DEFENSE (BOSTON, MA, USA, 1982)

RIKK AGNEW – FALLING OUT (LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, 1982)

KRAUT – ARMING THE WORLD (NEW YORK, NY, USA, 1982)

M.A.D. (MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION) – HOLOCAUST (SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, 1982)

DISCHARGE – THE POSSIBILITY OF LIFE’S DESTRUCTION (STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND, UK,1982)

CHAOS U.K. – FOUR MINUTE WARNING (BRISTOL, ENGLAND, UK, 1982)

UPRIGHT CITIZENS – BOMBS OF PEACE (BOTTROP, WEST GERMANY, 1982)

FLUX OF PINK INDIANS – TAPIOCA SUNRISE (HERTS, ENGLAND, UK, 1982)

CHROME – ARMAGEDDON (SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, 1982)

THE INSANE – NUCLEAR WAR (WIGAN, ENGLAND, UK, 1982)

SCREAMING DEAD – THIS IS THE END OF THE WORLD / NUCLEAR APOCALYPSE (CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND, UK, 1982)

CRUCIFIX – PEACE OR ANNIHILATION (SAN FRANCSICO, CA, USA, 1983)

BLACK MARKET BABY – WORLD AT WAR (WASHINGTON DC, USA, 1983)

YOUTH BRIGADE – BLOWN AWAY (LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, 1983)

ICONOCLAST – DOMINATION OR DESTRUCTION (LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, 1984)

ADRENALIN O.D. – WORLD WAR IV (NEW JERSEY, USA, 1984)

ICONS OF FILTH – ONE SECOND TO MIDNIGHT (CARDIFF, WALES, UK, 1984)

SUBHUMANS – WHEN THE BOMB DROPS (WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND, UK, 1984)

TOXIC REASONS – DESTROYER (DAYTON, OHIO, USA, 1984)

THE DICKS – I HOPE YOU GET DRAFTED (AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA, 1984)

MOB 47 – KÅRNVAPEN (NUCLEAR) ATTACK (STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 1984)

M.I.A. – WHO WILL SURVIVE? (LAS VEGAS, NV, USA, 1984)

BATTALION OF SAINTS – DOOMED WORLD (SAN DIEGO, CA, USA, 1984)

NEON CHRIST – ASHES TO ASHES (ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA, 1984)

SIEGE – ARMAGEDDON (BOSTON, MA, USA, 1984)

MDC – MISSILE DESTROYED CIVILIZATION (SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, 1984)

ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT – BOMBS (SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA 1985)

S.N.F.U. – BLACK CLOUD (EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA, 1986)

DESECRATION – NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST (ARIZONA, USA, 1986)

AMEBIX – I.C.B.M. (BRISTOL, ENGLAND, UK, 1987)

RIPCORD – LIVE BY THE BOMB… DIE BY THE BOMB (W-S-M, ENGLAND, UK, 1987)

DIRECT CONTROL – WORLD WAR THREE (VIRGINIA, USA, 2003)

NO HOPE FOR THE KIDS – ANGELS OF DESTRUCTION (COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, 2006)

PSYCHED TO DIE – ONWARD ARMAGEDDON (NEW JERSEY, USA, 2009)

BEASTMILK – THE WIND BLOWS THROUGH THEIR SKULLS (HELSINKI, FINLAND, 2013)

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