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"Ding Dong! the Witch Is Dead" controversy

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Unlike the old days when you had to walk to a record store and purchase a 45 in order to goose the charts, you can now do it instantly on your computer. If only 100,000 UK citizens were to purchase the Wizard of Oz classic "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead, the song would reach #1 on the charts, and the state-sponsored network, BBC Radio 1, would have to feature it on their countdown show.

So it was that shortly before Margaret Thatcher's funeral, the song was at #2, held off by Duke Dumont with "Need U (100%)."

The BBC, loathe to disrespect the dead but also obligated to play the hits, played just a few seconds of the song, quickly moving on to Dumont's hit after a brief explanation of the controversy.


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