Song 50 Ultravox

Nuclear Devastation Week!

Ultravox - Dancing with Tears in My Eyes, 1984

'The man on the wireless cried today. It's over, it's over...' I'd remembered this video as being about nuclear war. Instead it's a power plant that has become unstable, there's no way to outrun the blast, and...everybody dies.

Okay, here's the difference between watching something like this at 14 and at 42: I had NO CONCEPT of mortality back then. None at all. I probably saw this and thought, 'What a shame,' or, 'How scary.' Now, I want to go lie down in a dark room. (Admittedly, this is not the first time that an 80s video has inspired this reaction in me, but it's usually something to do with hair-related shame.) Perhaps I'm proving my colleague who claimed that 80s teenagers never worried about nuclear war right. How can people too young to understand death take on the end of the planet? Um...happy Thursday!

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