For a moment I thought that this blog was starting to have real effect. Three weeks ago I wrote that ‘It’s Raining Men’ by the Weather Girls is one of the most important artworks of the 1980s (see 'Party Streamers'). Now the song has suddenly re-appeared at number 31 in the UK charts.
It turns out, though, that this is the result of the latest Facebook hit single campaign. In January, the UKIP councillor David Silvester claimed that the floods that have beset Britain since Christmas are divine retribution for parliament having passed the gay marriage bill. Playing ‘It’s Raining Men’ as often as possible is a fitting response to his idiocy. It’s also evidence of the song’s continuing power. God bless Mother Nature!