You Hit Me Like An Atomic Bomb

radiation

Want to hug and kiss you and give you a squeeze

You make me radioactive in my knees

Fay Simmons was a young girl from Philly, about 21, when she recorded You Hit Me Like An Atomic Bomb.  The first thing is the crazed organ intro, with its funky sycopations. The perfect foil for Fay’s sultry croon, as it explodes all over the record. Fay lays back, just a moment, behind the action with a touch of coolness which makes her singing sound like a line she’s given to more than one guy. That doesn’t matter though since it would work now as much as I’m sure it did then. The only bad lines are the ones that don’t work.  She practically coos in your ear:

You hit me baby like an atomic bomb

I surrended honey ’cause you have won

This was 1954. Recording records tell us this was put down on a late August evening. Philadelphia. The city cooked. Fay slow burned.


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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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