Which Smiths song was inspired by the Chernobyl disaster? - RadioX

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    Which Smiths song was inspired by the Chernobyl disaster?
    13 June 2019, 16:07 | Updated: 13 June 2019, 16:11


    The nuclear power station’s accident in 1986 has been the subject of an acclaimed TV drama… but the real events prompted Morrissey and Johnny Marr to write one of their most famous songs.

    One of the most talked about TV series of 2019 is HBO/Sky’s Chernobyl, about the nuclear disaster that befell the Soviet power station in April 1986. The hard-hitting mini-series, written by Craig Mazin, and directed by Johan Renck, has prompted a lot of conversation about the incident - but did you know it inspired one of The Smiths’ most enduring hits?

    One of the most rabble-rousing of The Smiths' songs, Panic was one of the Manchester band’s biggest hits, making Number 11 in the UK charts in the summer of 1986. The song - a stomping, guitar led tune that owes a lot to Metal Guru by Marc Bolan - talks of civil unrest around the country and bemoans the fact that “the disco” and “the DJ” play music that “says nothing to me about my life”.

    The music press at the time took this to mean that The Smiths - and Morrissey in particular - were attacking hip hop culture and black music in general. Paolo Hewitt in the NME wrote: “When he starts using words like disco and DJ, with all the attendant imagery that brings up for what is a predominantly white audience, he is being imprecise and offensive." Even as recently as 2012, Buzzfeed called the song a “condemnation of dance music”.

    Morrissey may have courted controversy before and after this furore, but the genesis of Panic was down to an exasperation at 1980s pop culture in general.


    An angry Johnny Marr put the record straight in the NME in February. He explained that the song was inspired by the news reports about Chernobyl, and the terrible accident at a nuclear power plant in the then-Soviet Union.

    In the early hours of 26 April 1986, a safety test at the nuclear facility went catastrophically wrong, causing the core to explode and radioactive material was released into the air. An inxperienced team and inadequate designs at the plant were later found to be the cause - the quest to find whose fault it was is a key part of the Chernobyl TV series.


    Hundreds of people were affected by the accident, including deaths from acute radiation sickness and the effects were felt as far away as the UK, where radioactive traces were found in parts of Northern Ireland, Wales, Northern England and Scotland. It remains, with the Fukushima accident in 2011, the worst nuclear disaster in history.


    Marr recalled that he and Morrissey were listening to Radio 1’s Newsbeat programme giving the latest updates on the disaster - and at the time, people in the UK were worried about clouds of radioactive material heading their way.

    He remembered: “The story about this shocking disaster comes to an end and then, immediately, we're off into Wham!'s I'm Your Man. I remember actually saying 'what the fuck has this got to do with peoples' lives?'

    “We hear about Chernobyl, then, seconds later, we're expected to be jumping around to I'm Your Man... And so: 'Hang the blessed DJ'."

    Marr went on: “I think it was a great lyric, important and applicable to anyone who lives in England. I mean, even the most ardent disco fan wouldn't want to be subjected to that stuff, would they?"

    Morrissey and Marr were sufficiently outraged to put pen to paper and call out the inanity of daytime radio and pop music in general in the UK.

    It must have been odd to hear Panic on the radio then - among the songs that Morrissey and Marr were criticised. Thankfully, despite hitting the Top 20, The Smiths didn’t perform Panic on Top Of The Pops, sparing them no end of embarrassment.

    Panic went on to become a live favourite, thanks to the addition of second Smiths guitarist Craig Gannon, and Morrissey rammed the point home by cavorting around the stage with a noose to emphasise the chorus of "Hang the DJ, hang the DJ..."

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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anonymous, Jun 14, 2019.

    1. Deleted member 27456
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    2. Anonymous
      Oh daddy Jax you could at least have posted something cause that was so passive aggressive at the biker bar from you.
    3. marred
      What a crock of shit.
    4. Deleted member 27456
      Deleted member 27456
      I know, some people will write/post anything these days to get a click.

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    5. Anonymous
      Sure will though no clicks here Jax. Sorry for being too lazy having not taking pics of the articles about ME (and some other young men) but have patience and don't fret.

      The post you replied to was about this article being fabricated but you just had to hijack it so who is desperate for attention here Jax?

      I see you in a gym with arms full of muscles and being oh so mad while training in your Fred Perry top.


      Nah, the gym doesn't work still got those tennis arms.
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      you really need help you fucking half-wit, what are you doing on this site anyways? I know what marred was referring to, ain't all about you. Oh and by the way, I don't wear f.perry, Paul smith is my prefered choice. Now fuck off back to that pokey little shithole you crawled out from under, no ones listening to you, you sad sad little boy, mummy not love you? Aaaaw never mind. You'll grow up one day.
    8. Anonymous
      Bonus picture for you, sorry it is small but it had to match you Jax:


      Do you have a shiny glowing rod too?
      I refuse to grow up, thought you knew. Watch it or those arteries will pop.
    9. Anonymous
      Rolf loved the surname Hirst or Hurst and pronounced it Hujst like they did on some movie I believe.

      Marry me Jax Hujst. Vivi will tell me how to become a woman.
    10. Deleted member 27456
      Deleted member 27456
      morrisseysolo.coms resident village idiot strikes again.
    11. Anonymous
      So stop doing it fool.
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    12. Anonymous
      You were so great as the village idiot in this great classic swedish drama:

      Policeman will sing now
      policeman will sing now
      sing now
      sing now

      And sings he does:
      "14 years old and drilled already
      hej faderalla hej"
    13. The Truth
      The Truth
      Kramer? At the gym?
    14. Anonymous
      Jeremy in the movie "Naked". Abusive Morrissey fan raping fans of The Cure.
    15. Anonymous
      I'm so sorry people for not producing the pictures of me and my friends at Forsmark nuclear plant in January 1987 as promised but they are in the storage in another house here in my area and we plan to clear that place out a bit and I have placed those paper articles aside and just need to get them and take pics of them.

      So prepare to see me young and alive at that nuclear plant as both local papers published articles about us. The paper Folket "The People" (socialist rag) is long gone since then but their reporter was a very funny man.

      Urbanus, Ola and "Fish Lips" will feature.
    16. Anonymous
      I have a treat for you soon!

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