Global Notes: Uncovering 25 years of Chernobyl-inspired rock

April 20, 2011

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The German band Kraftwerk was one of many inspired by the Chernobyl disaster.

This last year has produced a surprising amount of manmade and natural disasters: the Gulf Coast oil spill, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the U.S. federal budget, to name a few.  Catastrophe has always been fodder for musical creativity, but few have proven as tuneful as Chernobyl. On today's Global Notes, Jerome McDonnell and Radio M host Tony Sarabia uncover a surprising number of songs inspired by the world's worst nuclear disaster. 

We also want to hear your favorite Chernobyl-inspired tracks. Call our 24-hour hotline at 312.948.4880 or email us at Make sure to include your name, phone number and where you're from, as well as the artist and track title. If you're lucky, we'll play your song next week!


Track List

1. Ghost Town – Huns and Dr. Beeker

2. Chernobyl 1986 – North Aunt

3. Time Will Crawl – David Bowie

4. Radioactivity (Remix) – Kraftwerk

5. Radioactive Clouds – Skysonic Destiny