Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Thatcher's musical legacy in focus

Reaction to the death of MARGARET THATCHER continues to reverberate across BRITAIN and the INTERNET.
Among the discussions are the attempts to describe her legacy left by musicians.
A generation of songwriters introduced us to protest songs specifically targeting "The Iron Lady."
I had THE BEAT'S "STAND DOWN MARGARET" playing in my head moments after learning of Thatcher's death.
I was not alone.
Countless stories have emerged about Thatcher's imprint on modern music. She provided plenty of grist for the proverbial mill.
Dorian Lynskey writes in the GUARDIAN:
"Musical responses to Thatcher came in three varieties. There were songs that took a hard look at the country, especially during the early 1980s recession and the Falklands war: the aimless dispossessed of 'Ghost Town,' the conflicted dockworker of 'Shipbuilding,' the struggling poor of 'A Town Called Malice,' the despair-poisoned citizens of The The's 'Heartland.' There were the character assassinations: Crass's incandescent Falklands response 'How Does It Feel to Be the Mother of 1,000 Dead,' the Blow Monkeys' somewhat premature '(Celebrate) The Day After You,' Morrissey's 'Margaret on the Guillotine' and Elvis Costello's venomous 'Tramp the Dirt Down.'"
We'll be hearing more about Thatcher's musical legacy in the coming days, I'm sure, with plenty of tunes to serve as examples.


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