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Love That Bomb: Dr. Strangelove and the Fallouts [1964]

This deliriously wacky song was released as a promotional tie-in to the 1964 Stanley Kubrick classic 'Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb).' The tune with its bent lyrics and sound effects certainly captures the anarchic spirit of the film and then some.

As indicated in the Columbia Pictures pressbook for 'Dr. Strangelove,' this single, as well as a limited distribution'lobby record' version of the song were good marketing tools for the movie: "Colpix Records is releasing a special recording of the song 'Love That Bomb' as sung by ' Dr. Strangelove And The Fallouts.' Reverse side of the recording carries 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,' played by Laurie Johnson And His Orchestra…"

The B-side of the 'lobby record' version substituted the Laurie Johnson track found on the Colpix release with commercial spots for the film. According to the pressbook, the record was supposed to be used in conjunction with another promotional gimmick, a red "hotline" telephone that was to be prominently placed in the theater showing the film: "…This disc will also contain a lobby spot announcement, repeated several times, for use in the 'hot line phone' stunt described above…"

Dr. Strangelove And The Fallouts was presumably a studio band concoction that possibly included Kubrick's regular music collaborator, The Laurie Johnson Orchestra.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Love That Bomb: Dr. Strangelove and the Fallouts [1964]

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-Zero
Whoopee!
Maniacally: Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…

Love that bomb
(Yea, yea)
I got a strange love for that bomb
(Yea, yea)
Not the tiny toy from Word War I
This one is a million times more fun

Love that bomb
(Yea, yea)
I got a strange love for that bomb
(Yea, yea)
Not the burst of joy from World War II
This will keep you laughing your whole life through

Strange love, strange love
I got a strange love for that bomb

Love that bomb
What a sweet sensation
Just push the little button,
For complete annihilation!
(La la la la la la la la, La la la la la)

Love that bomb
(Yea, yea)
I got a strange love for that bomb
(Yea, yea)
I can hardly wait ‘til World War III
Here's the way we think it's gonna be…
(Sinister laughter)

Love that bomb!

Whoopee
Ha, ha, ha, ha, haa, haa…

Dr. Strangelove and the Fallouts [1964]
Love That Bomb (Suggested by Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove)
(Carter-DeWitt)
Colpix CP-723

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