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12th Apr, 2013 at 9:51am
 
Should BBC refuse to play Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead?

ANTI-Thatcher protesters have propelled the Wizard Of Oz song, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead, into the charts.

It is nice Reagan did not sing well. Moonwalk
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Reply #1 - 12th Apr, 2013 at 10:54am
 
I've been following the developments too. The song is alive again, and right up there in the UK singles chart.

I don't see any reason why they shouldn't play it.
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Reply #2 - 12th Apr, 2013 at 11:42am
 
Some people love her, then prime minister, some people hate her, then prime minister. Some people hate her survive her, so, they push it. I love then prime minister and Reagan because I love Star War Plan.  Michael Jackson dancing

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Reply #3 - 12th Apr, 2013 at 12:17pm
 
That's the way it should be, people should have a choice whether they hate or love their leaders.

Everyone in Laos must love the Lao Prime Minister in Mr. Thongsing Thammavong or they won't see the light of day again.
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Reply #4 - 12th Apr, 2013 at 12:26pm
 
Admin Saovaluck wrote on 12th Apr, 2013 at 12:17pm:
That's the way it should be, people should have a choice whether they hate or love their leaders.

Everyone in Laos must love the Lao Prime Minister in Mr. Thongsing Thammavong or they won't see the light of day again.


I can feel that. But, I really love Star War.
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Reply #5 - 12th Apr, 2013 at 12:36pm
 
Fair enough.
Not my kettle of fish, my taste in movies is a bit different. Cool
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Reply #6 - 12th Apr, 2013 at 12:59pm
 
I read your profile, you love Roxxette. that is like Star War music.

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Reply #7 - 12th Apr, 2013 at 1:14pm
 
Roxette has many good songs.

I haven't heard the Star Wars music.
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Reply #8 - 12th Apr, 2013 at 1:25pm
 
Ding dong over anti-Thatcher song

Fury as BBC set to play Witch Is Dead
ditty just three days before her funeral

THE BBC plans to play Thatcher protest song Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead just three days before her funeral — sparking fury among her supporters.
The track is expected to be aired on Radio 1’s chart show on Sunday night after a rush to buy it by hate-filled lefties saw it surge into the top ten.

The move will pit the Corporation against Lady Thatcher’s fans who have branded it the first major test for new director general Lord Hall.

Sir Gerald Howarth, Maggie’s former private secretary, told The Sun it would be a “complete dereliction of duty” by the BBC to play the Wizard of Oz ditty, hijacked in a protest against the ex Tory PM.

He said: “Lord Hall has got to get this right. If the BBC stoops so low as to broadcast this song it will offend a great many people.”

But Tory MP Rob Wilson said the Beeb should play the track.

He tweeted: “While unpleasant, BBC right to play leftie-hate song re MrsT. She didn’t free millions to censor tiny no. of nasty idiots.”

BBC insiders said a final decision will be taken on Sunday morning but execs saw “no reason” not to play it if it gets high in the charts.

Lord Hall told BBC staff yesterday he would “keep an eye” on the situation but said Radio 1 managers would make the decision.

A source said that as many of the station’s young listeners did not know who Lady T was, a reporter would explain why the hit was in the Top Ten — a station first.

Ding Dong — at 51 seconds one of the shortest songs to ever chart — was yesterday set to reach No4, up from No10 a day before, said the Official Charts Company.

A BBC source said: “The higher it charts, the more chance it will get played. It probably will be.”

A spokesman said the BBC would not make a decision to play it or not on grounds of taste or politics, adding the chart show is a “historical, factual account” of public sales.

But the Beeb banned Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood in 1984 and the Sex Pistols’ 1977 punk anthem God Save The Queen.

It also barred three Beatles’ hits in 1967 and Rihanna’s racy S&M from daytime play in 2011.

Ding Dong’s sales will make about £10,000 for Hollywood giant Time Warner — which owns The Wizard Of Oz movie copyright.

The song was written for the 1939 film with words by Yip Harburg and music by Harold Arlen.

The Munchkins sing it after Dorothy’s house kills the Wicked Witch of the East — making the Wicked Witch of the West seek revenge.

The song row was condemned globally yesterday. The Washington Post noted: “There were no similar scenes of jubilation after the 1994 death of Richard Nixon, a polarizing figure.”

Meanwhile, the BBC had 227 complaints that its coverage was biased against Maggie, 268 moans it was pro-Lady T, and 271 that too much time was devoted to her death from a stroke on Monday aged 87.

Should the Beeb play it?
YES
MICK HUME, Freedom of speech campaigner

IT is gross stupidity to imagine that getting Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead to No1 is a meaningful political protest.

But a BBC ban would be even more stupid.

Buying Ding Dong! isn’t a political act. Banning it would be.

NO


IF the BBC plays it then, like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, they have no heart.

Bosses must say: “We are not going to play a song to celebrate the death of an 87 year-old woman.” How hard a decision is it for them?
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Reply #9 - 12th Apr, 2013 at 1:34pm
 
I love Roxette songs, nearly all of them. I think it has still many old and young hardcore fans around the world. Last time, I heard Fading Like A Rose when nosing around in a gift shop in Brazil amazon region. Then I whistled with the rhythm, at cashier, she asked me if I love the band, I said yes, and I got 15% percent discount. I only regretted I had not taken more gifts.  Grin


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Roxette has many good songs.

I haven't heard the Star Wars music.

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Reply #10 - 12th Apr, 2013 at 1:46pm
 
It's somewhat hilarious for a song from the 1930's to be popular again. Time Warner will be happy about it.

That's nice of the cashier, Roxette has songs that you never get sick of listening to.
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Reply #11 - 12th Apr, 2013 at 1:57pm
 
This Year Best Hit? I think so. Grin
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Reply #12 - 12th Apr, 2013 at 4:33pm
 
It could be United Kingdom's best hit of the year, but probably not globally.

It brings Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz back into the media.
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Reply #13 - 13th Apr, 2013 at 1:20am
 
Prime Minister Thatcher was one of the greatest leaders for any nation that is in my lifetime. 

That's what so great about living in the free world = freedom of speech.
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