Having seemingly given too much attention to the Ding Dong The Witch is Dead issue last week, it is only fair and in the interest of balance that I also mention I’m in Love with Maggie Thatcher by the Notsensibles.
Supporters of the late Baroness calling themselves I’m In Love With Margaret Thatcher for #1 have pushed the 1979 punk track as a rather frantic paean of praise for the Iron Lady.
I’m not sure if it was entirely the right song given the sentiments behind the lyrics. According to the band it was ‘meant as neither a pro- nor anti-Thatcher song. It revolved around the idea that no-one was too sacred to get the piss taken out of.’
The Notsensibles were one of those not entirely serious punk bands and formed in 1978 in Burnley, Lancashire. One of the founders was lead singer Michael ‘Haggis’ Hargreaves. (When I was young, anyone with the surname Hargreaves or Hague was dubbed with the nickname Haggis.)
The band reformed on 2005 (official website) and I’m in Love featured in the Meryl Streep film, The Iron Lady, in 2011.
Obviously I couldn’t leave this post without playing the song so below is a video specially recorded for Trevor at Hebden Bridge Trades in October last year.