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When The Rivers Are Hot
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Nuclear Waste


When The Rivers Are Hot







This song has gone around the world, thanks to

Youtube’s Vinyl Maestro Ullar Siir’s

promotion of the 7” Vinyl Single.



The song was written initially about Nuclear Pollution,

where “Hot" means Radioactive,

however many Vinyl Aficionados now take it literally,


as referring to Climate Change,


which is okay with Ross Campbell, who wrote and performs it.


He still sells the last pristine 7" vinyl copies through Discogs.

If you are a Vinyl Collector, you can search

Fat Chants When The Rivers Are Hot


or contact Ross directly through this website.

If you like this song, you can


was Ross Campbell's


early Swing Band with


Allan Stein on


Guitar & Backup Vocals,


Mairi Maclean on Rhodes


Piano & Backup Vocals,

Ross Campbell on Lead Vocal & Guitar


Eric Leuke on Drums and


Darryl Goede on Bass

After Fat Chants split up, Ross decided to put this song on

The Ross Campbell FatBand's Vinyl LP


I'm Talkin' To You.

Produced by Claire Lawrence at


Pinewood Studios in Vancouver, 

also For Sale at

Producer Claire Lawrence had quite a profound influence


on both the basic musical structure AND the lyrics of this song.


He encouraged The FatBand's rhythm section to re-interpret


Ross's original bass line & reggae beat anchoring the song.



Claire also suggested that Ross write new "less political"


lyrics to make the song more commercial.


Ironically, this version is is not as popular


as the original version, especially in the


Global Vinyl Collectors Community.

Have a Listen---


Which version do YOU prefer?

When The Rivers Are Hot (Version2)

When the Rivers Are Hot Version 2
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If you like this song, you can





Ross Campbell sings the Lead Vocal and plays a dark haunting solo on his Tenor Sax,


Dave Pickell on Keyboards,


Norman McPherson

on Guitar,



Brian "Nuke" Newcomb

on fretless Bass,


Kat Hendrikse on Drums,

Alan Perkins on Percussion, &

Nancy Nash & Mary Saxton on Backup Vocals.

If you REALLY like this song, please send Ross a couple of bucks to help fund his next album of Original Music, where your name will be included in the Credits, and you will become a Member of his

 Thanks a lot!

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