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Revenge Of The Atom Spies

(The Flames Of Discontent)
March 10, 2007
John Pietaro/Laurie Towers
Though John Pietaro wrote this song originally several years ago--in fact shortly after Resident Bush was forced on us--the song truly became complete after Laurie Towers added her counterpoint. It is interesting to note that the lyric of 'Revenge of the Atom Spies' came almost verbatim from a statement released by scientists during the terrible McCarthy years as the Rosenberg's trial hung over us like a brooding cloud.


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On this recording, John Pietaro's electric banjo can be heard in the 'rhythm guitar' role as well as for the James Bond-like lead part. We chose to name the entire second album after this song as it not only speaks of the 50s-70s Red Scare so clearly, but it encompassses so much of our musical influences, including '60s pop and rock, improv, global rhythm and punk spirit.Listen for the thundering bongos and congas of guest percussionist Rafael Figueroa, who builds the intensity level to a boiling point when confronted with Laurie's frenetic bassline and the spikey, frenzied rhythm electric banjo. Iin addition to being Cold War commentary, the Flames view this number as the alarm bell resounding protest of White House corruption, divisiveness and fear-mongering in our own time.
Revenge of the atom spies/the end of Cold War lies./Defend and organize/pretend atom spies.

Much confusion has surrounded/the nature of atomic secrets/not withstanding ther efforts of/the scientist who clarify the /public thinking.

For there exists the sorry notion/that the formula was just our nation's/no other land could discover it/and that's the nature of public thinking!

Revenge of the atom spies/the end of Cold War lies./Defend and organize/demonized atom spies.

Is American pride just so fragile/that government lies must be so agile/they deny what they don't know/close our minds and/just say "No!".

Manipulate and castigate/impregnate and then castrate/the people learn to tolerate/what you feed them, what you feed them, what you feed them, what you feed them!

Revenge of the atom spies/the end of Cold War lies./Defend and organize/demonized atom spies.