A protest song written in celebration of the death of Baroness Thatcher's death was performed at Glastonbury Festival today, just months after her funeral.
Elvis Costello, playing an afternoon set on the main Pyramid Stage, Costello introduced Tramp the Dirt Down by saying at the time he wrote it, many years ago, he thought everyone would have jetpacks by 2013.
The controversial song was broadcast as part of the BBC's coverage of the festival.
Costello, whose fans watching onstage included Mary McCartney and the Arctic Monkey's Alex Turner, told the audience that while he would not wish dementia on anyone: "The things she did to this country are still being done today."
He added: "It's not about burying someone underground, it's about burying an idea in the ground."
Costello also performed hits including Oliver's Army in his hour-long set.
The Beat: Stand Down, Margaret
Dave Wakeling of The Beat told songfacts.com: "[Mrs Thatcher] fell head over heels with her teenage heartthrob, Ronald Reagan, and went about trying to dismantle any sense of social unity that England had: breaking the unions, letting people go out on strike and starve. And in a very few short years she managed to turn people in England from neighbors to competitors."
The Style Council: Shout To The Top
Paul Weller's "glorious celebration of worker solidarity" set to a soul soundtrack was part of The Style Council's rejection of the Tories in the 1980s. Weller recalls: "Thatcher got into power in 1979, and from the Falklands war onwards, that was her wielding her power, the trade unions were being worn down, we had the miners strike, there was mass unemployment... You couldn’t sit on the fence. It was very black and white then. Thatcher was a tyrant, a dictator.” (paulweller.com)
Robert Wyatt: Shipbuilding
Written by Elvis Costello and Clive Langer, Robert Wyatt made ths tune famous with his powerful, poignant version. The song examines the contradiction between declining shipbuilding areas being revived by the need to replace ships lost during the Falklands Conflict, whilst at the same time sending the men of these areas to fight and possibly die in those same ships.
Morrissey: Margaret On The Guillotine
The former Smiths singer has had some pretty strong things to say about Mrs Thatcher over the years, including this after the failed assassination attempt by the IRA in Brighton in 1984: "The sorrow of the IRA Brighton bombing is that Thatcher escaped unscathed." (rolling stone.com)
Billy Bragg: Which Side Are You On?
Billy Bragg could have his own top 10 of anti-Thatcher songs but perhaps this one best sums up his early career and the early Thatcher years. Written in 1931 by Florence Reece, the wife of a union organiser, Bragg added his own lyrics to reflect the deepening dispute between the Conservative government and theeunions.
New Model Army: Spirit Of The Falklands
Still a fixture on the British music scene, New Model Army were one of many 1980s bands to voice opposition to Mrs Thatcher's Conservative administration. Their anger at the Falklands Conflict is clear: "There's dead men in the South Atlantic, Doesn't it warm your heart, To think that they died for you and me, Oh god, what a farce."
Spitting Image: The Go Now Song
Spittign Image never held back with their satire and Mrs T was very much in charge during the programme's heyday. This track sees her Cabinet, led by Michael Heseltine, helping her on her way out of office.
Simply Red: She'll Have To Go
Not averse to drawing criticism himself, lead singer Mick Hucknall has long been a critic of the former Tory leader. Here is one of his tracks inspired by his dislike of Mrs Thatcher, set to some unistakeable upbeat light, fluffy 80s tune which reflects the contradicitons of the time.
One of the leading lights in the Red Wedge movement, Communards were unwaveringly anti-Tory. Reprise was a haunting vocal track backed by piano and cello that Jimmy Somerville and Richard Coles dedicated to Mrs Thatcher.
Hefner: The Day That Thatcher Dies
We will laugh the day that Thatcher dies, Even though we know it's not right, We will dance and sing all night. I was blind in 1979, by '82 I had clues, By 1986 I was mad as hell.