Eve Of Destruction (3:32)

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“Eve of Destruction” is a protest song written by P.F. Sloan in 1965. Several artists have recorded it, with the best-known recording being by Barry McGuire. The recording was made between July 12 and July 15, 1965 and released by Dunhill Records. The accompanying musicians were top-tier LA session players: P.F. Sloan on guitar, Hal Blaine (of Phil Spector’s “Wrecking Crew”) on drums, and Larry Knechtel on bass. 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 DJ, who began playing it. The song was an instant hit and as a result the more polished vocal track that was at first envisioned was never recorded.

The song is a grave warning of imminent apocalypse, and considered by some to be the epitome of a protest song. It expressed the frustrations and fears of young people in the age of the Cold War, Vietnam, the nuclear arms race, and the civil rights movement.

At the time the song was banned by some radio stations in the USA (“claiming it was an aid to the enemy in Vietnam”) and by Radio Scotland in the UK. It was placed on a “restricted list” by the BBC, and could not be played on “general entertainment programmes”.

The Spokesmen, an American pop music trio, scored a hit single in the U.S. later in 1965 with the tune “Dawn of Correction”, a patriotic answer to “Eve of Destruction”. The song was written by the group’s members, John Medora, David White and Roy Gilmore.


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The eastern world it is explodin', violence flarin', bullets loadin'
You're old enough to kill but not for votin'
You don't believe in war, what's that gun you're totin'
And even the Jordan river has bodies floatin'

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  • ColorCaptn

    Ich weis nicht aber in unserer Jugend war es ein Knaller !

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • ideur1

    Genau darum gehörte die MAO-Biebel auf jeden Döschwo-Rücksitz

    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • karnickel

    23 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ideur1

    schöne Erinnerungen: weisch no?

    26 Apr 2014 Reply
  • fanvonoldies

    immer aktuelles Thema

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ObmujSon


    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ASummerKiss

    Well said @ DarkMagickKarma!

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DarkMagickKarma

    Just an awesome song. I busked it often in my younger days & played a cover of it, along with Gimmee Shelter, in a band I was in. It was the epitome of the protest song, Barry's gravel-like voice and the passion with which he sings it has always sent shivers up my spine...pure genius...& kudos to PF Sloan for writing this at 19! There is such beauty in this song, poetic lyrics, a simple chord progression, showing you don't need to be Mozart to make musical magick. Live on and love on ya all! Stay free!

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • jomabbs

    Mankind have been destroying them selves since Cain and Able, there will always be some mad bastard, somewhere in this world, just waiting for his turn to rise into power and massacre some poor defenceless sod, who didn't deserve it.

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • spangles96

    Still very true today thanks to Bush and Blair

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • NitaD1

    Great track!!!

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nomoresongs

    Never heard the song you mention, Dead Kinksy, but I'm going to get onto it as soon as I can. How could anybody try to answer this? It's not exactly Billy Jean Is Not My Love!

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • ArthurEngel


    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DeadKinks

    I so wish this brilliant song didn't come to mind so often anymore.... His new Eve 2012 sounds a little too polished and kinda affected negatively by his religious shift, but it still ranks pretty high by today's standards. By the way, The Spokesman's Dawn of Correction (a twisted "answer" to this one that was also a hit in'65) is one of the most disgusting songs I ever heard. Comparable to Jan Berry's horrible pro-destruction tunes. I'm surprised some people here mentioned his and Dean's version as potentially better. How could they do it justice if they didn't get it?

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • sheafholme

    REMINDES me of my teanage years in the 50s nothing changed

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • nomoresongs

    I recently saw a YouTube video of Barry performing this song in 2012, which was amazing, his voice as great now as then, and every line so, SO relevant still, in some ways more so. And of course, PF Sloan takes the credit for the most amazing protest song lyrics ever.

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Suberu


    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • fanvonoldies

    Best Of The Best Ever And Ever

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • gungh0

    Over & over.

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
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