Hedgehoppers Anonymous were a UK beat quintet who had a hit in 1965 with this satirical protest song. The band formed in November 1963 as The Trendsetters, and became The Hedgehoppers the following year. Four fifths of Hedgehoppers Anonymous were in the air force and the band were named after RAF slang for the Vulcan bomber, which flew low to avoid radar. Playing a gig at Cambridge, they got signed by Jonathan King, a songwriter-producer new to the books of Decca Records. He'd gone Top 10 for them earlier in the year with "Everyone's Gone To The Moon
" and had penned another protest song, which he gave to Hedgehoppers Anonymous to record. "A strange song," singer Mike Tinsley told Mojo
magazine. "I was working on a nuclear base, and it was taking the mickey."