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With all the tension between the West and Russia, it’s time to revisit this Frankie Goes to Hollywood video

The early 80s were an extremely tense time between the West–specifically the U.S.–and the USSR. Nuclear threats were going back and forth and there was a real fear of what Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko may have done in 1984-85. If you remember those days, it was a time when everyone was talking about nuclear annihilation.

One of the best depictions of that era was this Frankie Goes to Hollywood video for the song “Two Tribes.” Substitute Joe Biden for Reagan and Vladimir Putin for Chernenko, and the message is just as relevant.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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