[freedomtowernight_edited.jpg] 26th Parallel: Nuclear Valdez - Summer

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Nuclear Valdez - Summer

Continuing the musical nostalgia of some of my recent posts, I present to you another song from the 80s with a political bent to it.

Nuclear Valdez - Summer

For those of you who may not remember, Nuclear Valdez is a Miami rock band that released a couple of albums in the late 80s and early 90s, then went into obscurity until a few years ago when they resurfaced and released a new studio CD.

Comprised mainly of Cuban-Americans, their first single and video, Summer, received plenty of airplay on South Florida radio. They even caught the attention of MTV, which played the video on fairly heavy rotation, as well as featuring the band in one of their "Unplugged" programs.

Summer deals with the Cuban revolution, from the perspective of Cuban-Americans. Most of us can certainly relate to these lyrics:
War fell upon an island
When a single handed man
Raped the land of simple men

In the year 1959
Red was more than just a stain
It became hunger pains

As they flew away up high
Tears fell from the sky
And it rained and it rained and it rained all summer
It rained and it rained and it rained all night

Hope soon becomes a poison
Working in a factory
Sewing dreams to memories

Far away, in a dying place
A wife will miss her husband's face
Curse her race for their disgrace

As they flew away up high
Tears fell from the sky
And it rained and it rained and it rained all summer
It rained and it rained and it rained all night
Simple but direct and heartfelt lyrics sung with tons of emotion by Fro Sosa. I love the melancholic urgency (there's a phrase for you!) of the music, which conveys both the sadness and frustration that Cuban-Americans feel.

Check out the video below (chock full with domino fichas being slapped down by cigar-chomping, cafe-drinking viejitos...most certainly Ana Menendez's worst nightmare!). The title which appears on the video incorrect labels the band name as Nuclear Assault. :)

The full version of the video with a couple of extra seconds at the beginning can be found here.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Srcohiba said...

I remember them well. My band at the time was in a battle of the bands with them at the old button south back in the mid 80's before they got their deal. nice guys. (we won that battle though - I think it was a WSHE contest)....

:-p

10:37 AM, May 01, 2007  

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