Price paid: $6
Purchased at: The Bop Shop, rochester NY
‘Atomic’ was the fourth single released off of the band’s fourth studio album, 1980’s ‘Eat to the Beat.’ It only reached #39 on the US charts, but went all the way to #1 (and gold) in the UK.
The bonus B-side track ‘Heroes’ was recorded live at the Hammersmith Odeon in January 12th, 1980. Robert Fripp provides guitar on this track.
The sleeve art is simply stunning; it’s objects like this that make collecting such a joy. Simple and bold, Debbie Harry’s visage could easily steal away the attention from even the largest radiation-infused mushroom cloud. And it does.
This is the UK 12″; it’s unclear whether a US picture sleeve 12″ was ever made. 12″ Basically the same front sleeve art was used here as on the US, UK, and French 7″ versions… only much bigger and impressive. The back sleeve art differs greatly from the US 7″, but is very similar to the UK and French art.
The sleeve warns that ‘YOU SHOULD NOT PAY MORE THAN 49P FOR THIS RECORD.’