Gojira. The King of the Monsters. The greatest kaiju ever conceived by the mind of man. I know that for some, the idea of a giant monster is laughable; especially the notion of a giant monster played by a guy in a large rubber suit. And, given the kiddie-flick direction that Godzilla movies later took in the initial Shōwa series, that’s understandable. But it’s important to remember that in the original film, the Big G is representative of nuclear annihilation. Like a visitation of the Hand of God, taking land to deliver swift retribution on mankind for the sins of pride and destruction. A walking reminder of the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A warning about the dangers of nuclear proliferation.
And when we first see him, his head rising behind a mountain near a small fishing village, it scares the pants off of me.
In tribute to the King, here’s Blue Öyster Cult with “Godzilla.” Sure, for a BÖC song for Halloween, I could have gone in a few different directions. It’s early days yet. I still might.