Tuesday Afternoon Music: Robert Wyatt’s Shipbulding
I don’t really want to prolong the picking over the bones of the Thatcher legacy, but since the American right seems desperate to exploit her passing to defend its post-Thatcherite concensus, as embodied in Reaganomics and all the other worldwide fallout from her time in office, I wanted to post this song, written by Elvis Costello and Clive Langer in response to the Falklands War, and sung by a one-time member of the Communist Party with the voice of a weary angel.
A lot of very vibrant, overtly angry music and art came out of the Thatcher years—along with a lot of biting satire. There’s plenty of anger and despair behind this song, but it proves that if you have the heart and you’re skilled enough, you can transmute those emotions into wry, timeless, deeply human beauty that stands on its own.
If you like, you can use this thread to continue boggling at the ludicrous claims being made about Maggie’s Farm by those who never experienced it in real life, suggest some other songs or clips from that era (and I’ll post them if they can be embedded), or talk about anything else whatever.
Update: New Youtubidity from the comments after the fold!
Carlita Carrota suggested “Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher”:
The video EP of “The Final Cut,” did you say, Oregon Beer Snob? Alrighty then:
I’ll add this clip from yesterday’s comments. Satire doesn’t get much darker than this:
As a follow-up, here’s Pulp’s “Last Day of The Miners Strike”:
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