The Stand Down Margaret

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The Stand Down Margaret

The funniest thing I read today appeared in an article about 80s Anti-Thatch pop in this month’s Uncut:

It’s 1980, and The Beat are scheduled to play “Stand Down Margaret” on the early evening kids’ TV show, Cheggers Plays Pop.
“We had to get the song on by stealth,” laughs lead singer Dave Wakeling. “Our genial old Jamaican saxophonist, Saxa, explained to presenter Keith Chegwin that The Stand Down Margaret was an old Caribbean dance. ‘Come now, Cheggers,’ he was saying. ‘Let me show you how to dance The Stand Down Margaret…’ and he invents some ridiculous little dance routine. Then we start playing the song and unzip our jackets and we’ve all got T-shirts emblazoned with pictures of Maggie Thatcher…”
Here’s The Beat performing Stand Down Margaret (sadly, not on Cheggars Plays Pop but the late-night ‘adult’ Tiswas, OTT):

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My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.

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