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The 50 Greatest Protest Songs
On 26 April 1986 the nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine went into meltdown, bringing about a huge disaster, the consequences of which linger on to this day. Morrissey was listening to the news bulletin announcing the event on Radio 1, which was immediately followed by a typically cheesy bit of 80s pop (urban myth says it was George Michael's clean cut duo Wham!). The juxtaposition of genuine horror and vacuous tuneage led the Smiths frontman to pen Panic, which claimed that the radio DJs said "Nothing to me about my life". Some commentators later claimed the song was racist, as it attacked the growing DJ culture in the US which was making its presence felt in the UK, but it was more about Steve Wright In the Afternoon than Run DMC.