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Top 5 songs from the '80s for those with Inauguration Day jitters

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What's that line from Vigo in Ghostbusters 2? "What was will be! What is will be no more! Now is the season of evil!" For this infamous day, we've asked our resident doomsayer Dr. Dim to write a guest blog item. Take it away, Dim.

It's Inauguration Day and the world will witness the crowning... er... swearing in of the 45th President of the United States of America. With half of the American electorate feeling rather apprehensive about what the next four years will bring, I'm reminded of an Inauguration Day from 36 years ago. It was then that Ronald Reagan became America's 40th President and, although it was far less than half, a sizable number of the electorate in those days was just as apprehensive.

Many "Never Found" artists of the 80s worried about nuclear war, the economy, and how Reagan was going to destroy everything. And the Russians! What about the Russians?!

Sound familiar?

Today I will list five songs by some very anxious Never Found artists in hopes of demonstrating that we survived Reagan (economists and historians might quibble with me), we'll survive this other "leader with the famous face."

This was almost entirely a list of the fear of nuclear war songs, but our first song is more concerned about the American working class...

5. The Minutemen - This Ain't No Picnic
These California punkers describe the struggles of America's workers, while the video shows a smiling Reagan as a WWII fighter pilot strafing and dropping bombs on them. Oh, the symbolism!

4. Husker Du - Deadly Skies
From St. Paul, MN, Husker Du voiced a feeling of futility of protesting nuclear war, but what are ya gonna do?

3. The Three Johns - Atom Drum Bop
Instead of living in fear, English rockers The Three Johns encouraged us to dance while we awaited the C-R-U-N-C-H.

2. Time Zone - World Destruction
American hip hop pioneer and leader of the electro band Time Zone, Afrika Bamaataa recruited UK punk rock pioneer John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) to lend his unique vocals to this song all about how the world was heading for destruction. Pres. Reagan features prominently in this video.

1. XTC - This World Over
Of course, XTC has to top this list. Here the criminally underappreciated band from Swindon, England describe a post nuclear holocaust world, pinning the blame on all of those who were so willing to elect that "leader with the famous face" and were certain right was their side.

"Oh, well, that's this world over."

- Jim ‘Dr. Dim' Fitzsimons


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