Terça-feira, 9 de Abril de 2013

A banda sonora dos anos Thatcher


The Epping-based anarchist collective were among the most strident musical opponents of Thatcher. How Does It Feel … was one of two singles that addressed the Falklands war (along with Sheep Farming in the Falklands), and provoked Conservative MP Timothy Eggar to ask in parliament whether the band could be prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act. The key verse? "Your arrogance has gutted these bodies of life/ Your deceit fooled them that it was worth the sacrifice/ Your lies persuaded people to accept the wasted blood/ Your filthy pride cleansed you of the doubt you should have had/ You smile in the face of the death cause you are so proud and vain/ Your inhumanity stops you from realising the pain/ That you inflicted, you determined, you created, you ordered/ It was your decision to have those young boys slaughtered."

Although Stand Down Margaret only appeared on single in a dub version – as a double-A side with Best Friend in 1980 – it remains possibly the single best known anti-Thatcher song, and one that was performed on TV comedy shows (as seen in the clip), as well as being a political rallying call. That the Beat were already issuing such an unequivocal demand only a year into her premiership shows the divisive power the nation's prime minister was already wielding.

The Blow Monkeys, you might recall, were minor mid-80s chartniks, purveying soul-flavoured pop in nice clothes. Their third album might be best remembered for the No 5 hit It Doesn't Have to Be This Way, but look at the record's title and you'll realise they were concerned with more than shoulder pads and early mobile phones – it was called She Was Only a Grocer's Daughter. The politics was given plain voice on this duet with Curtis Mayfield, released as a single and promptly banned by the BBC because it was put out to coincide with the general election campaign.

There were pop musicians who embraced the Conservative government of the 1980s. Gary Numan was a natural conservative, and Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate went so far as to appear at a Conservative party rally. But you'll search in vain for the heartfelt musical tributes to the Iron Lady. Even those groups one might associate with the yuppy boom – the likes of Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran – steered well clear, the former not least because their songwriter, Gary Kemp, was a committed socialist. And so in the name of balance we are forced to turn to a novelty punk song by a band from Burnley. It should be noted the song was released in April 1979, before the titular heroine was elected, though it became an indie hit a year later.

Publicado por Alexandre Guerra às 00:03
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Da autoria de Alexandre Guerra, o blogue O Diplomata foi criado em Fevereiro de 2007, mantendo, desde então, uma actividade regular na blogosfera.


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