Part one of top 13 of anti Margaret Thatcher songs is here

6. Anti-Pasti: No Government

They may not have been as articulate and eloquent as Crass, but Derbyshire’s finest anarcho-punk band had the same aims. “No Maggie Thatcher and no government!”

7. The Exploited: Maggie

Wattie Buchan’s mob were very much to the point, and I agree with every word.

8. Chumbawamba: Fitzwilliam

Included on the excellent miners’ strike album Dig This, the Chumbas established their folk-punk credentials on this, plus their first three albums before going all pop.

9. The Beat: Stand Down Margaret

One of the catchiest anti-Thatcher songs made, The Beat (or English Beat, for American readers) had about a decade to wait before their wish was fulfilled. The lesser-known dub version allows more time to skank.

10. The Specials: Maggie’s Farm

A percussive, updated and somewhat atonal version of Bob Dylan’s version, which made the B-side of Do Nothing. The Specials and the whole 2-Tone movement proved a much-needed antidote to Tory misery, while Ghost Town provided the sonic backdrop to the 1981 inner-city riots.

11. Dead Kennedys: Kinky Sex Makes The World Go Round

A Crass-concocted tape hoax dubbed Thatchergate fooled the secret services into thinking it was the work of the KGB. There’s little doubt that the “secretary of war at the state department of the United States and Thatcher in this case aren’t genuine in this phone call ”€œ but Maggie probably had a few wargasms. And the rationale for war seems pretty genuine. “The companies want something done about this sluggish world economic situation”¦ we need to stimulate some growth.” The conversation is prophetic at times: check the mentions of Afghanistan and Libya. One to clear everyone out of the house at the end of your Thatcher death disco.

12. Public Enemy: Prophets Of Rage

After a decade of often defeatist protest songs, Public Enemy’s militancy and call for revolution (albeit a Nation of Islam one) was a breath of fresh air at the end of the Eighties. New York’s black power evangelists’€œ nor any rappers – didn’t focus their ire on an anti-Maggie song, but this bombastic masterpiece name-checks her for her Apartheid sympathies: “Mandela, cell dweller, Thatcher ”€œ you can tell her, clear the way for the prophets of rage/ Power to the people you say.”

13. Morrissey: Margaret On The Guillotine

Gordon Brown’s claim to be an Arctic Monkeys fan seemed a bit unlikely, but much of Dave’s electability seemed to rest on his passionate love for The Smiths and Morrissey. So does he sing this lilting ballad in the shower, reaching a climax on the refrain “when will you die”?

Part one of top 13 of anti Margaret Thatcher songs is here

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  1. I would add Julian Cope’s ‘Promised Land’ from the Peggy Suicide album. “The hate that she inspired had to be seen to be believed.”

  2. where s the brilliant woman in disguise by the angelic upstarts i have this and used to play it all the time back in the 80 s what a decade.

  3. There’s so many to choose from aren’t there! My own fave is the TV Personalities ‘only the grocers daughter’.

  4. The Blow Monkeys released a whole anti-Thatcher concept album – ‘She Was Only a Grocer’s Daughter’. Very good.

  5. looking for a miners tribute song to what shall we do with the drunken sailor, but words changed to Margaret thatcher and her then cabinet. Leon Britain, Geoffrey Howe etc. and of course Ian McGregor. any ideas where I CAN GET A COPY.

  6. Thatcher’s Dead by Sheffield band, Don Valley and the Rotherhithes is definitely my number one.


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