Video Review: Blondie “Atomic”

Standing on the porch in the ruins of his neighborhood, a young man stands advertises Blondie’s show with a hand painted sign for 25 units. The color on the screen blurs into a watery blend of sea green and blood red while as a second young man gets off his horse.

A singed orange explosion of smoke erupts in a field.

Blondie perform on stage somewhere in the city. Metal squares sway in the center of the stage. Debbie wears a black garbage bag as a jacket. She holds the microphone up as she sings.

A kelly green explosion of smoke erupts in the same field.

People jump and bounce around as they listen to Blondie’s music. One young woman wears circular wires around her arms. Debbie moves her arms back and forth as she performs. A second young woman with a bruised eye lifts her hand up, her mouth open in awe. A man wearing a black robot hat joins Debbie on stage.

A tangerine blast goes off in the same field.

Rating: 2/5

The nuclear blast was quick. People huddled inside their basements and closets for shelter, crying and hugging one another. It halved the population of the state within several minutes.

Those who survived rummaged through garbage, hunting for food and whatever objects they could find. The radioactive air caused strange behavior in people. Some people were fascinated with spells. Others wore robot heads, believing they had turned into a mechanical being. Although Blondie were some distance away, they had suffered some side effects. Their movements were choppy and robotic at times.

Nonetheless, metal and garbage bags were being traded in several states as clothes shortages continued. People designed their own outfits with protective rings in order to fight off the burgeoning criminal element. Music was the only reminder of the world that once was.

Director: N/A Year: 1980

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University and has been published in the White Wall Review.

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