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Sloan in mid The song references social issues of its period, including the assassination of John F. Kennedythe Vietnam Warthe draftthe threat of nuclear warthe Civil Rights movementturmoil in the Middle Eastand the American space program.
The American media helped popularize the song by using it as an example of everything that was wrong with the youth of that time. It was also banned in some parts of the United Kingdom. The song had initially been presented to The Byrds as a Dylanesque potential single, but they rejected it. The Turtlesanother L. Their version was issued as a track on their debut album It Ain't Me Babeshortly before McGuire's version was cut; it was eventually released as a single and hit on the Billboard Hot in The accompanying musicians were top-tier Los Angeles session players : P.
The vocal track was thrown on as a rough mix and was not intended to be the final version, but a copy of the recording "leaked" out to a disc jockeywho began playing it. McGuire recalled in later years that "Eve of Destruction" had been recorded in one take on a Thursday morning, reading lyrics scrawled on a crumpled piece of paper.
The following Monday morning he got a phone call from the record company at am, telling him to turn on the radio — his song was playing. After becoming a born-again ChristianMcGuire re-recorded "Eve of Destruction" as the lead track on his second Red Clay (Part 2) - Various - California Concert - The Hollywood Palladium Christian release: "Lighten Up".
He updated the lyrics when he performed at a reunion of folksingers, with the line about the Selma to Montgomery marches replaced by the words " Columbine, Colorado ", referring to the student massacre of In the first week of its release, the single was at on the Billboard charts. It reached its peak of 37 on the Billboard album chart during the week ending September That same day the single went to 1 on the chart, and repeated the feat on the Cashbox chart, where it had debuted at It went to 1 in Norway for two weeks.
In addition to its being banned in some parts of the U. A group called The Spokesmen released a partial parody and answer record entitled "The Dawn of Correction". A few months later, Green Beret medic SSgt. Barry Sadler released the patriotic " Ballad of the Green Berets ". Johnny Sea Eve Of Destruction - The Turtles - 25 Classic Hits spoken word recording, "Day For Decision", was also a response to the song.
The song was briefly featured in Stephen King 's miniseries The Stand. Eve Of Destruction - The Turtles - 25 Classic Hits a burning Des Moines, Iowaas a backdrop, Larry Underwood sits atop the hood of a car, belting out the song to amuse himself until interrupted by another survivor of the superflu.
A Joey Scarbury cover was played repeatedly in the original airing of The Greatest American Hero episode "Operation Spoil Sport," to encourage the hero to prevent an automated nuclear strike being triggered by a renegade U.
Due to copyright issues, the song does not appear in the DVD version of the episode. A French translation Diamond In The Rough - Alicia Bridges - Alicia Bridges used in the closing credits of Michael Moore 's film Sicko. Eve Of Destruction - The Turtles - 25 Classic Hits song is played during the fourth-season finale of The A-Team"The Sound of Thunder," when the team returns to Vietnam and flashbacks recall their tours of duty.
The song is featured in the fourth level of the Vietnam War video game Men of Valor. While the song is playing, the main character's lieutenant is dying of his wound on the battlefield. The song, like many other popular songs of the day, gave its name to a gun truck used by United States Army Transportation Corps forces during the Vietnam War.
The truck is on display at the U. Army Transportation Museum and is believed to be the only surviving example of a Vietnam era gun truck. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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