Wednesday

HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR - 65 Years Ago Today..

- AUGUST 6, 1945: U.S. AIR FORCE BOMBER 'ENOLA GAY' DROPS ATOMIC BOMB ON HIROSHIMA, ULTIMATELY KILLING 166,000 PEOPLE.


(photo actually of Nagasaki blast)


The Hiroshima bomb was nicknamed 'Little Boy'.

A second bomb was nicknamed 'Fat Man'.



Three days later Enola Gay drops Fat Man on Nagasaki.

Six days after Nagasaki bombing, Japan announces its surrender to the Allied Powers.



- JUNE 10, 1959: FRENCH FILM DIRECTOR ALAIN RESNAIS RELEASES 'HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR', A DRAMA ABOUT AN INTERRACIAL FRENCH-JAPANESE COUPLE, SEPARATING AFTER A BRIEF RELATIONSHIP.



Through a series of long conversations between the two lovers caught in a ill-fated relationship, it recounts effects of the Hiroshima bomb blast (loss of  life, friends and relatives, etc), and compares and relates them to the relationship.

It became an early example of the La Nouvelle Vague (FRENCH NEW WAVE) school of filmmaking in the 1950s and 1960s, through its use of innovative editing, narrative, and visual styles.

- JANUARY 1, 1977: BRITISH NEW WAVE BAND ULTRAVOX RELEASES 'HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR', ON THEIR SECOND ALBUM 'HA HA HA'.



It signified a departure from their earlier 'artschool/glam/punk' style, and was an early example of the 'synthpop' sound later embraced by such bands as Depeche Mode and Heaven 17, and also the New Romantic/New Wave movement of the late 1970's and early 1980's.



- SEPTEMBER 26, 1980: BRITISH SYNTHPOP BAND 'ORCHESTRAL MANOUEVRES IN THE DARK' (OMD) RELEASE 'ENOLA GAY', A CRITIQUE OF THE USE OF THE ATOMIC BOMBS.



"Enola Gay, you should have stayed at home yesterday
Aha words can't describe the feeling and the way you lied

These games you play, they're gonna end in more than tears someday
Aha Enola Gay, it shouldn't ever have to end this way

It's 8:15, and that's the time that it's always been
We got your message on the radio, conditions normal and you're coming home

Enola Gay, is mother proud of LITTLE BOY today
Aha this kiss you give, it's never ever gonna fade away

Enola Gay, it shouldn't ever have to end this way
Aha Enola Gay, it shouldn't fade in our dreams away

It's 8:15, and that's the time that it's always been
We got your message on the radio, conditions normal and you're coming home

Enola Gay, is mother proud of little boy today
Aha this kiss you give, it's never ever gonna fade away"

*"LOST AT SEA NYC DOES NOT SUPPORT OR CONDONE THE USE OF ATOMIC WEAPONRY EXCEPT IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS WHEREIN WE OURSELVES WOULD BENEFIT."

4 comments:

  1. dear mr/ms editor,

    i believe a retraction is in order for this mornings corrections.

    hold fast,

    loyal reader

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