Fake SNL Punk Band Releases Real EP

What a lot of people forget about Saturday Night Live is that longtime player and Portlandia star Fred Armisen didn’t start off as a comedian. He spent a good chunk of the ’90s playing in a Chicago post-hardcore punk band called Trenchmouth. So it comes as no surprise at all that when the show decided to do a fake rock-doc sketch about the one British punk musician who liked the late Margaret Thatcher, Armisen assumed the role. And the fake band—Ian Rubbish and the Bizzaros—actually did get the ’77 British punk sound down. The first few seconds of "Hey Policeman" sound like they could have come from any number of classic acts from the era.

Of course, the Bizzaros did deviate in that Armisen’s Johnny Rotten-lampooning Ian Rubbish was quite fond of the Iron Lady, even penning songs like "Maggie Thatcher," where they sing lyrics like "there’s a lady in 10 Downing / Check it out, she’s quite astounding" over a "Janie Jones"-esque beat. And who could forget that touching, Falklands conflict-referencing ditty, "Sweet Iron Lady?" Now, you or the non-Thatcher-hating special someone in your life can own these classics from these fake ’70s punk band absolutely free, thanks to the fact that said fake band recorded and released an EP of songs performed in the skit. You can download it here, at said fake band’s real website, and watch the original sketch below. 

Will the BBC Play ‘Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ in Honor of Margaret Thatcher?

First of all, the pop music charts in England are fucking nuts. Do you remember the crazy frog ringtone? That was, like, a number-one single in England. I don’t understand it, but you do whatever you need to do, U.K. Anyway, even though there are a handful of anti-Margaret Thatcher songs out there, those who are especially pleased about her death this week have turned to an old, universal favorite to express their glee: "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" from The Wizard of Oz. Yes, the song from the 1939 movie has hit the top of the charts, and now the BBC may have to awkwardly play the song on the network’s Official Chart Show.

Of course, this is creating some controversy over there.

John Whittingdale, a lawmaker from Thatcher’s Conservative party, told the Daily Mail tabloid that many would find the ditty "deeply insensitive."

"This is an attempt to manipulate the charts by people trying to make a political point," he said.

In a statement, the BBC said it had not yet decided on whether it would feature the song on its show — which normally plays all the week’s best-selling hits.

"The Official Chart Show on Sunday is a historical and factual account of what the British public has been buying and we will make a decision about playing it when the final chart positions are clear," the taxpayer-funded BBC said.

Not all Tories agreed that the song should be yanked.

"No song should be banned by the BBC unless its lyrics are pre-watershed," said former Conservative lawmaker Louise Mensch, referring to British restrictions on adult content.

Mensch, a prominent Conservative voice on Twitter, said in a message posted to the site that Thatcher, famously known as "the Iron Lady," would not have wanted it any other way.

"Thatcher stood for freedom," she wrote.

Yes, she sure did love freedom almost as much as bombing Argentinians. But did she love Ella Fitzgerald? This is a tough one. 

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Some Songs About Margaret Thatcher

Welcome to the internet, where lists published on Wikipedia can quickly be turned into blog posts. Did you know that recently deceased Margaret Thatcher was a very divisive figure in cultural history? I am sure you did, especially if you saw that terrible movie about her that starred Meryl Streep. Naturally, people wrote a lot of songs about her. Here are a few. 

Morrissey – "Margaret on the Guillotine"

Paul McCartney – "All My Trials"

The Beat – "Stand Down Margaret"

Pete Wylie – "The Day That Margaret Thatcher Dies"

Elvis Costello – "Tramp the Dirt Down"

Pink Floyd – "The Fletcher Memorial Home"

A Lot of People Think That Cher Is Dead

RIP, Margaret Thatcher, I guess. With the recent deaths of film critic Roger Ebert, designer Lily Pulitzer, and now Thather, this is about the damnedest Rule of Threes I’ve ever seen. Of course, it could be much worse, as a lot of people on Twitter are confusing the hashtag "#nowthatchersdead" to mean "now that Cher is dead." Easy mistake, I suppose, as there are a whopping thirteen people on Twitter who didn’t even know who Margaret Thatcher was in the first place. Can you believe it? I suppose I should compile my "Best Tweets About the Falklands War" post soon. In other news, this is going to be a profoundly obnoxious week on the internet.

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