Hey Mr. DJ: Iron Lady Edition

Another once-powerful leader dies. The fact that the gifted leaders of the world pass on doesn’t exactly trouble me. Nobody is immortal, regardless of his or her accomplishments. The problem I have is that every time we lose a Reagan or Thatcher it becomes more and more obvious how weak and ineffectual the leaders of this time really are by comparison. We aren’t replacing or succeeding them. “Helpless” may be the most appropriate term for today’s heads of state.

Thatcher was certainly not helpless. Just the opposite: she over-reached and wouldn’t back down. And she’s been a “former PM” ever since. None of the West’s leaders have balls like that. Losing power for the sake of ideals? No, they just won’t gamble that. Fucking wets.

This thread is dedicated to her with music by and about the mighty Rebas. All the strong women you bitches can’t handle. In the absence of “strong and positive role model”, I will also accept “terrified the men around them with ruthless ball-busting”. Or even just redheads.

Feel free to also share some British music from the time she was PM (1979 to 1990). You have the whole 80’s to work with here. Wow. I would think “strong women” would be an easy one for you to find some decent songs, but you can certainly fall back on 80’s Britpop if you’re that misogynistic and desperate. See if I care.

Depending on your outlook, you may also choose to note the hubris that ended her political career or even the ghoulishness of those who celebrated her death.

There are no dedications this week, being that it is a death thread.

The Greatest by Cat Power

Walk in the Sky by Bonobo (w/Bajka)

We Don’t Need Another Hero by Tina Turner. Yes, this song completely fucking sucks by her standards and she looks totally ridiculous in that costume, but she’s a strong female role model and the song is from the movie about Thunderdome. Work with me. I’m tired.

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  1. Section8

    Ding dong the witch is dead is currently number one in the uk……

    How civilized.

    Remember the days here when some thought cheering Bin Laden’s death was “weird”. Wasn’t you, but others here know what I’m talking about. It’s perfectly OK in this case though because she was a “bad, bad” woman. Or maybe it’s just because she’s a woman.

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  2. ilovecress

    If I may humbly approach the bench to threadjack for a moment and ask for some advice IRL – this seems like the place to do it…

    I’ve been asked to sing/play at a wedding next weekend – an older couple who’ve been together for 30 years and are having a small ceremony – mainly as an excuse for a party.

    Anyway – I need song ideas. Something that suits an older couple, isn’t too squishy (he’s a true Kiwi farmer type) and can be played acoustically. I’m thinking something country, but not too obscure so the guests get it too?

    Any ideas?

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  3. pfluffy

    Well she looks strong and she has a powerful voice…

    Good one, MY! Her Christmas stuff brought tears to my eyes. That is hard to do. Here’s one back for you. Shirley Bassey is 70+ years old and owns this Pink tune …

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  4. CM

    It’s perfectly OK in this case though because she was a “bad, bad” woman. Or maybe it’s just because she’s a woman

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    I think the celebrations over Thatcher’s death are obscene. Which is far different from ‘a little weird’. If you’re trying to have a go at me.

    Thanks pfluffy – she’s an Aussie but I’ll happily claim her!

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  5. Mississippi Yankee

    pfluffy, have you ever tried Celtic Woman?

    They did a Christmas Special in Dublin about 7 years ago that was incredible BUT… Their live outdoor concert from Slane Castle – Ireland will touch place you didn’t even know you had. This is the closing song.

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  6. Mississippi Yankee

    I think the celebrations over Thatcher’s death are obscene.

    Why must you display the fact that you’ve become a vile, petty little man almost daily?
    I’d call you an asshole (in the Ed Kline vernacular) but you are nothing like me.

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  7. pfluffy

    There are no dedications this week, being that it is a death thread

    Given the solemnity of the theme, you get a pass, but I expect that to be compensated for next week. I mean, bitch is dead .. I’m still here:

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  8. Mississippi Yankee

    pfluffy!

    What a shallow, callous unfeeling thing to say. Tsk, Tsk, Tsk.

    Thrill, Me too buddy, don’t forget me too…

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