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This box set may save your life! ‘Atomic Platters’ is the result of a years-in-the-making musical ‘Manhattan Project’ that collects over 100 vintage Cold War songs and more than two dozen frighteningly naïve civil defense Public Service Announcements (many of these PSAs are voiced by celebrities such as Groucho Marx, Bob Hope, Pat Boone and Johnny Cash, to name just a few!) from the paranoid period that brought us fallout shelters, survival biscuits and uranium fever.

The artists who sing about the Bomb and the Red Scare on this set run the gamut from well-known stars like Bill Haley and His Comets, The Louvin Brothers, Marty Robbins and Wanda Jackson to fascinating obscurities like The Goldwaters, Janet Greene (The Right Wing’s answer to Joan Baez!) and Dr. Strangelove and the Fallouts. In addition to music and PSAs, ‘Atomic Platters’ includes two unintentionally hilarious full-length spoken word civil defense ‘scare’ LPs: ‘If the Bomb Falls’ and ‘The Complacent Americans.’

But why stop with mere sound? The Cold War was a multimedia horror show and Atomic Platters tops off its mushroom cloud of entertainment with a DVD (NTSC, Region Code 0) of nine bizarre civil defense and anti-Communist short films from the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Summing all this strange material up is a 292 page hardcover book featuring numerous arresting images from the Cold War era with intriguing text by Bill Geerhart of CONELRAD (, an organization devoted to the preservation and examination of atomic popular culture.

This collection is for anyone mystified by the current excesses of U.S. Homeland Security who wants to hear and see where the madness all began! You CAN beat the A-Bomb (again)!



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