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This weekend I’ll also be listening to… songs about Thatcher and Thatcherism April 13, 2013

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

There are many, so feel free to add to them as you see fit. I’ll start off with some obvious ones, Robert Wyatt’s version of Elvis Costello’s Shipbuilding which is still at this remove a stunning piece of work, and with it the pretty great Heaven 17 and Fascist Groove Thing, and by the way Heaven 17 were a remarkably political group too and one deeply antagonistic to Thatcherism. Also fans of Tony Benn.


1. Brian Hanley - April 13, 2013

This deserves a mention. Paul Weller and some of his mates recorded this as the ‘Council Collective’ to raise funds for the miners in December 1984. Its an ‘eclectic’ collection of styles, including rap, but what will strike you (if you make them out) is the lyrics- ‘if your from the working class this is your struggle too’ Junior Giscombe asking ‘just where is the backing from the TUC?’ and Motown legend Jimmy Ruffin asserting that ‘not supporting the miners’ is betraying the legacy of the trade unions. And this was on Top of the Pops!
‘As for solidarity, I don’t see none…’


2. Brian Hanley - April 13, 2013

The ‘Modfather’ is a bit of a bore these days but he was pretty bang on in the mid-1980s. This from 1985 I think.


WorldbyStorm - April 13, 2013

Both brilliant…


3. JOEKERMAN - April 13, 2013

Sorry Brian and worldbystorm – you’re both too polite .

Try this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1cErGWtd_A

This one will never make it to number one , but as a socialist , a republican and most importantly – A closet Wizard of Oz fan i’m not complaining !


WorldbyStorm - April 13, 2013

Nice one Joekerman. Re politiness I’m thinking one track by The Exploited is out of the question… but this’ll do


4. Tomboktu - April 13, 2013

21 Incredibly Angry Songs About Margaret Thatcher


Each of them is posted as a YouTibe film on the bizzfeed site:

The Not Sensibles, “I’m in Love with Margaret Thatcher” (1979)

The English Beat, “Stand Down Margaret” (1980)

The Blues Band, “Maggie’s Farm” (1980)

The Specials, “Ghost Town” (1981)

Poison Girls, “Another Hero” (1981)

Klaus Nomi, “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” (1982)

Newtown Neurotics, “Kick Out The Tories” (1982)

Pink Floyd, “The Fletcher Memorial Home” (1983)

The Varukers, “Thatcher’s Fortress” (1984)

The Larks, “Maggie Maggie Maggie (Out Out Out)” (1985)

Crass, “How Does It Feel?” (1986)

Thatcher on Acid, “Guess Who’s Running the Show” (1987)

Morrissey, “Margaret on the Guillotine” (1988)

Elvis Costello, “Tramp the Dirt Down” (1989)

Kitchens of Distinction, “Margaret’s Injection” (1989)

Sinead O’Connor, “Black Boys on Mopeds” (1990)

VIM, “Maggie’s Last Party” (1991)

Billy Bragg, “Thatcherites” (1996)

Hefner, “The Day that Thatcher Dies” (2000)

Frank Turner, “Thatcher Fucked the Kids” (2006)

Pete Wylie, “The Day that Margaret Thatcher Dies” (2011)

(And other suggestions in the comments under the post on buzzfeed.)


WorldbyStorm - April 13, 2013

I’d forgotten KOD’s Margaret’s Injection.

Here’s another slightly obliquely political one…


5. JOEKERMAN - April 13, 2013

And how could I have forgot this one :

Due to the line – “The Iron bastard , she always gets her way” in one version of this the good old beeb banned this.

This great band are finally returning to Irish shores later this year so that’ll be one not to miss.


6. Michael Carley - April 13, 2013

Robb Johnson, one old one and one new one:

Undefeated (Thatcher era, despite the added images):

Ding Dong Thatch:


7. JOEKERMAN - April 13, 2013

The story told at the beginning in this clip is so true – my copy of the EP arrived yesterday , just like that nice lady promised .

See you over on E-bay !


8. JOEKERMAN - April 13, 2013

and lest we forget –

and finally , because I’m sure theres a protest I have to be at –


9. eamonncork - April 13, 2013

Everyone else has far too much good taste for this kind of thing but I have to admit that when I heard she’d died this was the first song I thought of and I remembered nights singing along to it in various Irish pubs in London in the late eighties. Apologies, mea culpa and all that but I cannot tell a lie.


eamonncork - April 13, 2013

Next week, I’ve Mostly Been Listening To Foster and Allen.


eamonncork - April 13, 2013

Though on a more aesthetically and politically pleasing note, mention of the great Fatima Mansions, made me think of this late Microdisney song, I think it’s Coughlan’s best lyric and it not only captures the despair of the Thatcher years for a lot of people but is also pretty appropriate to the situation we find ourselves in at the moment. Such talent.


10. eamonncork - April 13, 2013

And two of the very greatest songs inspired by Thatcher’s Britain. I’d say quite a few of us spent some time there, six years in my case.


11. eamonncork - April 13, 2013


12. Starkadder - April 13, 2013

The Pop Group, “She is Beyond Good and Evil” :


13. AS - April 13, 2013

Here’s a great one from Ewan MacColl for the folk fans. The Grocer:

“Dracumag” is another good MacColl and Peggy Seeger one, but I can’t find that online anywhere.


AS - April 13, 2013

Sorry – looks like your comments don’t like the embed code: http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/The+Grocer/3gtyaD?src=5


14. Brian Hanley - April 13, 2013

Good call on the Housemartins Eamonn. Another one I thought of


15. eamonncork - April 13, 2013

And maybe the most overtly political of them all. A Marxist and a genius.


16. maddurdu - April 13, 2013

Wot no Crass??!!

Sheep farming in the Falklands

Do they owe us a Living?


maddurdu - April 13, 2013


Smiley Culture – Westland Helicopter


doctorfive - April 14, 2013


17. Dr.Nightdub - April 13, 2013

Always thought these articulated the rage of ’80s Britain better than most…


18. WorldbyStorm - April 13, 2013

Late entry… Robyn Hitchcock’s depiction of Thatcher’s Britain as a sledge ride…

The ones on top are comfortable (Yeah)
They’re sitting on a human chain, a human chain
They’re sitting on a human chain
Their limbs, compressed in icy slush,
Are freezing in a raw meat groove


19. Starkadder - April 13, 2013

Even Boy George got in on the anti-Thatcher act, with
“No Clause 28”:

The Blow Monkeys with Curtis Mayfield:
“Celebrate (the Day After You) :


20. Starkadder - April 13, 2013

Oops, they didn’t come up. Here they are:


21. irishelectionliterature - April 13, 2013

Played by Billy Bragg in Dublin the night she resigned


22. Tox Aven - April 13, 2013

UB40 Madam Medusa


Dr.Nightdub - April 14, 2013

Great shout


23. Tox Aven - April 13, 2013

This is England opening credits


24. doctorfive - April 14, 2013

comment of mine got sucked into spam I think


Tomboktu - April 14, 2013

It did indeed. Restored now.


25. crocodileshoes - April 14, 2013

Great portrait of the mighty Wyatt by Irish photographer Ivor Prickett.


26. steve McCann - April 14, 2013

great call dr nightdub the redskins spent most of their time raising funds for the miners and fighting fascism, keep on keepin on


27. steve McCann - April 14, 2013


28. Eamonn Crudden - April 14, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxhmT05bgnA Test Dept. A Statement. Heard this yesterday for the first time. Scary and Powerful.


29. John O'Farrell - April 15, 2013

As the oldest person here, I’m surpirsed you young hooligans missed this:

Also, take the opportunity to explore the greatest socialist songscribe of the 20th Century




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