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6.30PM News - The Topp Twins Sing 'Radiation' at the Beehive

Television (Excerpts) – 1985

In 1985 entertainers The Topp Twins toured Aotearoa, throwing their star power behind two causes close to their hearts; supporting New Zealand's nuclear-free-zone policy (alongside Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett) and the Homosexual Law Reform Bill. In this excerpt from TV One's primetime news, the twins perform their anti-nuclear anthem 'Radiation' in the Beehive Theatrette, at the centre of political power. The focus is solely on the Twins' effortless harmonies and the song's stark imagery. The multi-generational audience listen attentively, the mood sombre and reflective.

The weather is upon us now, and winter's turned to spring, and we can only wait and hope to see what summer brings, I only hope that we don't die with radiation burns...
– The opening of Radiation Song