Contact Us

Tom Lehrer Takeoff. It’s The Bomb.

By: Evening Standard Hulton Archive

Does the name ring a bell?  If it doesn’t,  go on Amazon or Itunes or maybe your local CD store (remember those?) and try one of his recordings. Tom Lehrer was a former Harvard math professor-turned-piano playing song satirist. He had a huge cult following in the ’60s, writing about some of the controversial issues of the day.As a kid I used to listen and giggle uncontrollably  to his many songs, like “Pollution“, “The Vatican Rag”   and “Be Prepared (the boy scouts song)”.  There were times I didn’t even get the jokes being so young, but I used to laugh anyway and try to mimic his words in front of a mirror (weirdo, I know!!)

He also did one back then called “Who’s Next?” and it listed all of the countries who were aquiring nuclear devices.  Although the facts are dated, the concept was fantastic, so I thought I would try to write something in the same style but make it more current.  Maybe I shouldn’t try to compete with the master.   Actually this sounds like Tom Lehrer meets Randy Newman, another writing hero.  Be that as it may, hope you enjoy it.  Pretty grim comedy, I admit!!!

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of WGNA

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Fanatics quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Fanatics contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.