PIFCO, EL: Meltdown: 7”

A reissue of an Australian band’s sole single on the fortieth anniversary of its release. The title track, written in the wake of the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster, is a smart aleck love song comprised of an extended series of nuclear references and metaphors set to a mellow tune that all but screamed for inclusion in a Dr. Demento playlist. The flip, “Bananas,” is a love song along the same lines, with the titular fruit serving as replacement metaphor set to a bouncy quasi-Caribbean rhythm that recalls the Modern Lovers. –Jimmy Alvarado (Metallic Rainforest)