What a Ding Dong
For Ged Hawes getting “Ding Dong…” To No. 1 is a joke he just doesn’t get. Here he explains why.
So the UK music buying public have spoken. Ding Dong The Witch is Dead is hurtling towards the Top 5 in this weeks charts and may even make number 1. An internet campaign launched after (maybe even before) Margaret Thatcher died seems to be bearing fruit and the baying masses are going to make their point. The point being that… erm… Margaret Thatcher was no more than a fictional character. That’s the point right?
I remember “Ding Dong The Witch is Dead” as my go-to comedy moment song that I shamelessly stole from Naked Gun 2. Now I need to find a new one. But that’s not my main problem with this. It’s a waste of everyone’s time and money and gives her yet more attention that in truth she does not deserve.
Some say the campaign is an embarrassment to the left. Do we genuinely believe that “the left” set up the campaign and went paying their hard earned cash to download a song from a 1930’s musical? First up – no, because they probably already had it. Second up – just no! I think it’s a slur on most of the educated people in this country that doing this would be a responsible repost to a woman who had an incredible and despicable ability as a head of government to remove humanity from her decisions and deliver them with a smile. I’m actually surprised we haven’t had any announcement from the Witches Union in protest.
Let’s get this clear – it’s a bad idea but it looks like it’s happening (see the mock state funeral for other examples of bad ideas we can’t stop). This “movement” is not by the left, it’s by people who think it will be funny. It is not a political statement, it’s a joke and I for one don’t get it. These folk will probably not have the motivation to vote in the next general election but will be Sky plussing the next X factor final.
It’s not the first and won’t be the last campaign to get a song to number 1 but maybe what hurts the most about this idea is that, if successful, it will have taken the work of just 34,000 to get it to number 1. 34,000. That’s nothing. There’s the embarrassment.
And what happens after Sunday? Do the roused masses revolt against the Thatcher ideology still at play in today’s government or do they wait for the next Farmville? Thatcher divided a nation but inspired a generation of musicians and it’s a shame one of those songs isn’t hurtling towards number 1 this week instead.
All words by Ged Hawes. You can read more from Ged on LTW here.