Monday, February 11, 2013

Wacky & Weird- "FALLOUT SHELTER" Record...

Dearest Readers,

I happen to stumble upon this little A-side "None-hit-wonder" on the big auction site, until finding it I had never heard this song before so I snapped it up for less than $5.00.

Vocals by Billy Chambers a 24 year old Florida Southern College Student in 1962. This gem came about during the height of the Cuban Missal Crisis in October of that year, and from what I've found wasn't played but by a hand full of DJ's in Florida only a few times because of it's morbid nature. Once the "Crisis" subsided, the record and its vocal star fell into the footnotes of historical obscurity. Albeit corny, it really is kind of a chilling song when you think about it... very much in the style of late 50's and early 60's "teenage tragedy- you jump I jump" songs (you know, like "Teen Angel" and "Tell Laura I love her").

"I'd rather die with you, than live without you, 
and I hope that you feel the same..."
(Makes you want to hold your 'steady' close, doesn't it?)



Dana@Mid2Mod said...

Yikes...that really is kinda morbid, but I remember those days well, and there really was a pervasive fear of The Bomb.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Couple of things...
1.) it reminds me of the episode of "HAPPY DAYS" ...When Mr. C was buying a fall out shelter ...the roped it off and had drills; The Fonze came and brought all his girl friends and then Richie wouldn't get inside the roped off region! Hilarious...but poignant!
2.) With all the talk in the news of Korea and there threats... I would think Fall Out Shelters would be coming in vogue again. I own a fall out shelter, we call it a storm shelter...but same thing.
I use it for storage.

I listened to the song, have never heard it. Thanks for linking it.
Food for thought, I guess.

wacky tacky said...

That is so awesome!!! Morbid? Maybe. But it's got a good beat and I can dance to it! It makes me want to hear more obscure songs about the missile crisis - the "obscurer" the better!