Radioactive Mama

sheldon allmanSheldon Allman’s career is difficult to sum up. Do you remember the aliens at the end of the Twilight Zone episode The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street? He was one of them. How about the singing voice of Mr. Ed? That was Sheldon. The lyricist to George of the Jungle – you know the song – Sheldon wrote it. He came out of the screwball comedy era of the 1950s and with songs like Crawl Out Through the Fallout and the following Radioactive Mama became one of the first to completely subvert the atomic song genre. Sheldon was obvious and clever at the same time. He plays this song straight with a ham-fisted rock-n-roller beat that could have been pasted over a Happy Days sock-hop scene, but you never heard anything this dirty from Fonzi. It works the way great pop songs always do. The kind that’s so simple anyone could have written it, right? The cliches about reaching critical mass and mushroom clouds are here, but the best joke is in the end. It’s not really a metaphor about how hot his girl is, she really is radioactive.

Radioactive Mama

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About Iaan Hughes

Iaan Hughes is a deejay on 91.3 KBCS in Seattle. He plays country & western music.
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