Love – Mushroom Clouds

Love were an amazing band. There was a Punk edge to their first album. They developed some beautiful harmonies and melodic songs.

Growing up in the Cold War with the constant threat of nuclear war was something that was hanging over you all the time. We lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis. Nuclear war was real.

Then back in the sixties we had the Vietnam war and suddenly there was a unified body of youth who no longer believed their governments. We thought they were warmongering and driven by greed. We no longer bought into their society based on inequality, greed, selfishness, hypocrisy and lies. We wanted something based on better values.

Mushroom clouds reflected that abhorrence of war.

Love – Mushroom Clouds Lyrics

Mushroom clouds are forming
And the sky is dark and grey

Little children dying
In a age of hate and war

We can love again
Only God knows when
Help us with our problems

I don’t need you bothering me
Can’t you tell me that I’m free

Mushroom clouds are forming
And the sky is dark and grey

8 thoughts on “Love – Mushroom Clouds

      1. Not so. It was voted as the best album by Love. That’s all.
        It has featured in some poll top 50 lists as on of the favourite best albums, but not at the very top and real physical sales have never matched that hypothesis.

  1. Could have done with a lot more thought input with these rather scant lyrics.
    They’ve done a lot better than that.

      1. I just happen to be a bit of a train spotter with these sort of things and I know you are mistaken.

        Considering Love, the band, didn’t actually record all the album themselves and were replaced by professional session musicians, I can’t think what poll that would be.
        That has a lot to do with it’s placing in Rolling Stones top 500 of all time list.

        This poll that you are sure you saw it on top of, I can’t think what it could be.
        It’s not for top albums in 1967, for best album released on the Elektra label, or for best album released by a band from LA.
        Or for best album CD remaster in 2001, because they made a mistake on one of the songs with audible distortion.
        It’s not Bruce Botnick’s best production as that award goes the The Doors’ L.A. Woman.
        The album sold poorly in USA and only reached #154 on the top 200 chart.

        As I said it has been included in some polls and has appeared on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, positioned at #40 in 2003.
        UK’s NME position it at #37.

        The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2011.

        This from Wikipedia:
        The 1979 edition of The Rolling Stone Record Guide gave the album a rating of five stars (out of five). It also received five stars in the 1983 edition of the guide and in the fourth edition that was published in 2004.
        In a special issue of Mojo magazine, Forever Changes was ranked the second greatest psychedelic album of all time.
        In the January 1996 issue, Mojo readers selected Forever Changes as #11 of the “100 Greatest Albums Ever Made.”
        Forever Changes was praised by a group of members of the British Parliament in 2002 as being one of the greatest albums of all time.
        Rolling Stone ranked the album 40th in its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in the December 11, 2003 issue.
        In 2013, NME ranked the album number 37 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
        In 1998, Q magazine readers voted Forever Changes the 82nd greatest album of all time.
        In a 2005 survey held by British television’s Channel 4, the album was ranked 83rd in the 100 greatest albums of all time.
        The album was included in the 2005 book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
        According to the New Musical Express, The Stone Roses’ relationship with their future producer John Leckie was settled when they all agreed that Forever Changes was the “best record ever”.
        So there you have it, #1 in the world of The Stone Roses and John Leckie.

      1. I always considered it a weak little ineffective and easily forgettable song.
        Music to exercise to? I’m not too sure it’s good to go for that purpose.

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