Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Maggie Songs!

Don Valley and the Rotherhides

A quick selection of songs about Maggie Thatcher (and now all of them are punk!). Even today, I’ve been amazed to see – once it’s all put in one place – quite how much hate and fury she still evokes, for everything she symbolises – the breaking of the miners, human rights abuses in Northern Ireland, privatisation, pensions cuts, education cuts, support for Pinochet, South African apartheid and Israel, the ‘end of society’ and just a fundamental arrogance and stomach-turning lack of any compassion or decency. Late and unlamented…

Special thanks go to Matt Fawcett for introducing me to the matchless work of Don Valley and the Rotherhides…

Elvis Costello – Tramp the Dirt Down

Pete Wylie – The Day Margaret Thatcher Died

Attila the Stockbroker – Maggots 1 Maggie 0 (Hallelujah!) – recorded at a Miners’ Welfare benefit

Mogwai – George Square Thatcher Death Party

Don Valley & The Rotherhides – Thatcher’s Dead

Hefner – the Day That Thatcher Dies

The Larks – Maggie Maggie Maggie (Out Out Out)

V.I.M. – Maggie’s Last Party

Alan Brady/Sean Brady – Mrs Thatcher Song

Morrissey – Margaret on the Guillotine

John McCullagh – I’ll Dance on your Grave Mrs Thatcher (not sure about the love for Arthur Scargill on this one but anyway…)

Renaud – Miss Maggie

English Beat – Stand Down Margaret

Crass – How Does It Feel (To Be The Mother Of A Thousand Dead)

Newtown Neurotics – Kick Out the Tories

The Sensibles – I’m in Love With Margaret Thatcher

Poison Girls – Another Hero

Pink Floyd – The Fletcher Memorial Home

The Varukers – Thatcher’s Fortress

Thatcher on Acid – Who’s Running the Show

Kitchens of Distinction – Margaret’s Injection

The Exploited – Thatcher You Cunt

And, of course, from The Wizard Of Oz

2 comments on “Maggie Songs!

  1. Sarah Irving
    April 8, 2013

    Anyone who wants to tell me I’m being tasteless etc, please leave it till tomorrow – I’m going to the pub to celebrate :-)

  2. Ola Bog
    April 17, 2013

    Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead!
    Greetings from Norway ~
    Ola Bog, Oslo

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