Anti-Thatcher 'Witch Is Dead' Song a Big Hit
Pro-Thatcher punk song enters charts at No. 35
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2013 5:43 PM CDT
In this Feb. 20, 1985 file photo, Margaret Thatcher turns to look at the crush of photographers in the Oval Office as President Reagan laughs during a photo session at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – So not everyone is weeping over Margaret Thatcher's death: The song "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" from The Wizard of Oz has climbed to No. 2 on Britain's charts and sold over 52,000 copies, the BBC reports. Meanwhile, a pro-Thatcher tune—the punk song "I'm in Love With Margaret Thatcher"—has entered at No. 35. All this proved a minor headache for decision-makers at BBC Radio 1's Official Chart show, who opted not to play the full 51-second "Ding Dong!" song.

Instead, a host played two parts of it during a news report on the song's online anti-Thatcher campaign. The report included two opinions from people on the street, one condemning the campaign as "disgraceful" and the other calling it "quite funny." But the report ran nearly 40 seconds longer than the actual song. "I'm in Love With Margaret Thatcher," however, was played in full. Neat factoid: "Ding Dong!" became the first song shorter than 60 seconds to reach Britain's top 10.

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Apr 15, 2013 9:20 PM CDT
You know, despite the fact that she did things that people thought were harmful or that they didn't like is not an excuse to hate her even after her death. Hatred is the cause of many problems in this world and we should seek to eliminate it.
Apr 15, 2013 10:05 AM CDT
Republicans, where is your sense of humor?
Apr 15, 2013 9:44 AM CDT
Only those that were of the Socialist ideal would oppose the Iron Lady ... most regarded as the best peace time PM in the history of Great Britain, and whose breaking of many of the government union's grip on industry, and whose bringing government spending under control, oversaw the biggest industrial expansion of Britain in a 100 years. Certainly Lefties who believe the umbilical chord to government nanny-ship will oppose someone with true leadership and enterprise, but there is no doubt GB benefitted greatly from the IRON LADY.