Friday, 16 May 2014

Short List

I haven't done one of these for ages.

Today's Short List is "Pop/rock songs with a World War II theme"

To get the ball rolling, I can think of:

OMD: "Enola Gay"
Pere Ubu: "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo"
Motörhead: "Bomber"
Paul McCartney: "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"

10 comments:

Invicta said...

The Exploited: Hitler's In The Charts Again

proglodyte said...

I suspect you're not going allow this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K56soYl0U1w#t=87

The Stigler said...

Not sure if it counts, but Hazel O'Connor did "D-Days".

proglodyte said...

This one qualifies (just)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=n1wfoMKd_M4

This one doesn't (WW1), but what the hell - it's a classic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPGuVxEduNQ

JohnM said...

Omaha - Moby Grape. [Not sure if it counts]
Elegy for Dunkirk - Jeff Beck
El Alamein - Neurosis
Stalin wasn't Stalling - Robert Wyatt
Stalingrad - Robert Wyatt

JohnM said...

There's also a Sex Pistols song that never made it to an official release involving Belsen.

DBC Reed said...

Pink Floyd "When the Tigers broke free"

Mark Wadsworth said...

Thanks everybody, this is turning out to be a rather long list.

Prog, JohnM, they all count. If you think they count, they count.

JM, do you mean "Belsen was a gas?" or "Einmal was Belsen vortrefflich"? That was on most versions of "The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle".

DBC, I think there are a few songs on The Wall which are WW2-themed (Bring the boys back home, Vera).

I also remembered:

Ted Nugent: Stormtroopin'
Boomtown Rats: I never loved Eva Braun

DBC Reed said...

If you're going to include pre- rock and roll era songs like the mighty "Stalin wasn't stalling" (Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet 1943), I would nominate the wartime hit "Rum and Coca Cola"(Andrews Sisters and others) for its jolly depiction of the deleterious effects(to morals) of the arrival of GI's.

JohnM said...

do you mean "Belsen was a gas?" or "Einmal was Belsen vortrefflich"? That was on most versions of "The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle".

Didn't know that. I guess I assumed Malcolm had some limits!