| D E S T R O Y | H I T | F A C T O R Y |
(12" Fats Waller record, white paint)
The smallest thing
" In reality, the song has little to do with Nagasaki, other than as a
reflection of the Western image of exoticism (eroticism?) associated with
Pacific ports-of-call. It could just as easily have been called "Shanghai"
or "Honolulu"--and, indeed, Warren later wrote melodies about these cities
as well. The song's value lies not in its accurate portrayal of Nagasaki
in 1928, but in the insights it offers concerning the development of music
in America during the years of the Great Depression."
there was a time when it was beleived that the atom was a tiny indivisable
unit of matter. man made something smaller than the atom by splitting some.
they also made somethig very large and complicated.
This song was written by Warren and Dixon in 1928. Fats Waller first released
a version in 1935. Nagasaki was the location of one of two nuclear attacks in
1945. this record was pressed in 1984.
Hiroshima was not planned to be bombed in 1945. the targets were nagasaki
and kyoto. kyoto was changed to hiroshima as the former had been the
location of a us air force officers honey-moon.
the trivialsation of the complicated and the horrorific seem vitally relevant
to the polorisation of scale involved in the mechanics of an atomic explosion.
listen here [.]