Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Cold War Pop - A Video Playlist

Seems like quite some time since the end of the Cold War. The world continues to open up in so many ways. Been thinking about the Cold War a lot recently since watching "The Lives Of Others", so thought I'd put together a video playlist of some of the most memorable tracks inspired by that era.

Click over the jump for my Cold War video playlist

1. Sting - Russians

I never liked this berk, or this song. But there's those that do. Interesting period peice anyway.

2. Nena - 99 Luftballons (99 Red Balloons) 

Perhaps the most enduring song on the list. Here's the German version.

3. Elton John - Nikita

I visited Berlin a few years ago, on the site of Checkpoint Charlie there's now a sandwich bar called SnackPoint Charlie.

4. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes

Hell, everyone thought we were gonna die with a four minute warning. Not even enough time to play this!

5. Scorpions - Winds Of Change

Warning! - Contains a whistling solo.

6. The Beatles - Back In The USSR

Here's Beatle Paul playing this White Album track to a packed Red Square in 2003. Time change eh!

7. Billy Bragg - The Space Race Is Over

Kids don't want to be astronauts any more. 

8. Queen - Hammer To Fall

Fred & co get political. Cue one arm salutes.

9. Bob Dylan - A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall

Bay of Pigs etc. Apocalyptic!

10. David Bowie - Heroes

Young love prevails whether east or west.

11. Lou Reed - Berlin

One of the Dark Master's  best tracks.