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Artist or CreatorMartin Rowson
Title or CaptionFollow the Yellow Streak Road ...
Extent1 item
Published byThe Guardian
Date15 Apr 2013
Embedded text or transcriptNo heart, no brains and no courage, but we can still terrify the BBC!
Person DepictedThatcher; Margaret (1925-2013)
Cameron; David (1966 Oct. 9-);
Duncan Smith; (George) Iain (1954-)
Osborne; George (1971-)
Implied textSongs: "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" from the musical The Wizard of Oz. The character The Tin Man was searching for a heart. The song from the same musical, "Ding dong the witch is dead" was in the music charts the week that Margaret Thatcher died.
Growth Sloth
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NotesNews: "It was the most talked about top 40 since Blur took on Oasis 18 years ago at the height of 1990s Britpop. But the speculation around Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead, the Wizard of Oz song which became the focus of an anti-Thatcher campaign on Facebook, was not just about where it would chart - but how much of it the BBC would play..... After the BBC's new director general, Tony Hall, intervened, the BBC played a seven-second clip of the song, part of a news item by the Radio 1 music reporter Sinead Garvan that lasted just over 90 seconds. ...... She added: "Some politicians said it was disrespectful to play it while others say it is because she stood for freedom and allowing people to have their say.".... In a decision sure to anger critics of the decision to censor the track, the BBC played a song at the centre of a pro-Thatcher campaign, in full and without explanation by the presenter, Jameela Jamil. The 1979 song, I'm in Love With Margaret Thatcher by punk band the Notsensibles, charted at No 35. Former Tory MP Louise Mensch was among those who urged people to download the song - which featured in the 2011 Thatcher biopic, The Iron Lady - in protest at the Ding Dong! campaign. Paul Robinson, a former managing editor of Radio 1 and ex-head of strategy at BBC Radio, was critical of the decision only to play a short clip of the Wizard of Oz track. "It sets a very dangerous precedent because they have taken an editorial view on a song in the Top 40. They have destroyed the idea that it is the people's chart and not the property of the BBC," he said. Other songs censored by the BBC include Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood in 1984, and God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols, banned in 1977. ... " John Plunkett, The Guardian
SubjectsBush House
ex-prime ministers
funeral processions
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