Features and food editor Ty Bannerman and I met in distinguished professor Gerald Vizenor’s mixed-level American studies course at UNM, The Atomic Bomb: Los Alamos to Hiroshima. During that academically and emotionally intense semester, I cultivated a fondness for atomic kitsch in aural form. Archival website conelrad.com enabled my uranium rock dependency. It remains the definitive source for information on these so-called atomic platters. (“Platter” was 1930s slang for a “record” aka an album ... on vinyl.)
Stream a Spotify mixtape including several of these Cold War-era gems below. My personal favorites among these 11 tracks are: Ann-Margret's ribald "Thirteen Men," Little Jimmy Dickens' "patriotic"