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Old 01-18-2016, 04:06 PM
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Default David Bowie's Early-Nazi Period

The Thin White Corpse
by Jim Goad

January 18, 2016



Another day, another dead British rock star who famously flirted with fascist symbolism.

Two weeks ago it was Lemmy, and now comes word that David Bowie has finally floated away into outer space for the last time. Ground Control has forever lost all contact with Major Tom.

Most of the eulogies are predictably lionizing Bowie for being a sexual pioneer, a cross-dressing male chanteuse who made bisexuality cool in the early 1970s with his gender-bending androgyny and rumored homo affair with Mick Jagger. They credit Bowie with helping to create today’s forward-looking society in which gender dysphoria and same-sex activity are not only accepted, they are framed as innately virtuous.

Bowie isn’t getting nearly as much press for his extensively documented mid-1970s fascist obsessions. At the height of his fame—I remember the boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ around 1975 when it seemed as if every other girl was wearing a “Diamond Dogs” T-shirt—Bowie ditched the “Ziggy Stardust” persona that made him famous and morphed into a character he called the “Thin White Duke,” whom he would later describe as “a very Aryan, fascist type; a would-be romantic with absolutely no emotion at all but who spouted a lot of neo-romance.”

In his earlier works Bowie had cited Nietzsche and Himmler, but a string of comments he made in 1975-6 really dribbled the Nazi basketball straight up to the hoop:

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Rock stars are fascists. Adolf Hitler was one of the first rock stars….Think about it. Look at some of his films and see how he moved. I think he was quite as good as Jagger. It’s astounding. And boy, when he hit that stage, he worked an audience. Good God! He was no politician. He was a media artist. He used politics and theatrics and created this thing that governed and controlled the show for 12 years. The world will never see his like again. He staged a country….People aren’t very bright, you know? They say they want freedom, but when they get the chance, they pass up Nietzsche and choose Hitler because he would march into a room to speak and music and lights would come on at strategic moments….I think I might have been a bloody good Hitler. I’d be an excellent dictator. Very eccentric and quite mad….I wouldn’t mind being the first English president of the United States, either. I’m certainly rightwing enough. (Interview with Playboy magazine, September 1976)
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You’ve got to have an extreme right front come up and sweep everything off its feet and tidy everything up. Then you can get a new form of liberalism. There’s some form of ghost force liberalism permeating the air in America, but it’s got to go, because it’s got no foundation at all, apart from a set of laws that were established way back in the bloody 50s and early 60s and have no bearing at all in the 70s….So the best thing that can happen is for an extreme right government to come. It’ll do something positive at least to cause commotion in people and they’ll either accept the dictatorship or get rid of it. (Interview with NME magazine, August 1975)

In early 1976 Polish customs officials searched Bowie’s luggage and seized autobiographies of Albert Speer and Joseph Goebbels. Bowie also allegedly claimed to be writing a play about Goebbels. Later in April, he told a Swedish journalist “I believe Britain could benefit from a fascist leader.” What drew him the most infamy, however, was an alleged Sieg Heil he flashed the adoring crowd that greeted him at London’s Victoria Station on May 2, 1976 as he returned to England from a self-imposed article. Until his dying day Bowie insisted it was only a wave rather than a fascist salute and that it was insulting that people thought he’d be stupid enough to make such a gesture in public. He also insisted that all the pro-fascist comments were merely the result of being “out of my mind, totally, completely crazed” from ingesting Himalayan-sized mountains of cocaine during a dark, paranoid time in his life when he was storing his hair and nail clippings in his refrigerator to help cast magic spells against the legions that wished him harm.

When it seemed as if his career was imperiled by making what modern society deems to be truly deviant comments, Bowie immediately backpedaled and made it quite clear that he was NOT a fascist and never had been one. A cross-dressing bisexual coke addict, sure, but NOT a fascist. He also explicitly denied being “sinister.” The lesson: It’s OK to be “transgressive,” but let’s not push it. You can step right over any line except the ones your masters have drawn for you. So be a good boy: Throw away that Himmler biography and go put on another dress.

Since no one with any weight in the musical industry held Bowie’s feet to the fire for the cross-dressing or the wiener-gobbling, he never blamed those things on the cocaine, only the fascism. And for the most part, his fans seemed to buy it—only someone completely zonked out of their dome on drugs would say anything nice about Hitler, right? At the time he claimed to be subsisting on “red peppers, cocaine, and milk,” so a demented lapse into fascist sympathizing is completely understandable from a dietary perspective. Some of his apologists went to hilariously convoluted lengths attempting to explain that Bowie was such a complicated artist that he was actually condemning fascism by appearing to endorse it.

In the wisest of his many wise career moves, Bowie killed the Thin White Duke, recorded some stupendously awful blue-eyed soul music, Christmas songs with Bing Crosby, a cringeworthy dance video with a former gay lover, and spent the last quarter-century of his life married to a Somalian supermodel. Whether it was all an elaborate effort to prove to the world that he wasn’t a Nazi, only Bowie and his hairdresser knew for sure.

The world has lost its most celebrated Typical Queer Nazi. David Bowie is dead, but “ghost force liberalism” still permeates the air in America. The Thin White Duke is now merely a Thin White Corpse.
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I read an article a few years ago that claimed both of Bowie's parents were Blackshirts. Dunno how true that was.
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I read an article a few years ago that claimed both of Bowie's parents were Blackshirts. Dunno how true that was.
I don't know about his father but there's a lot a stuff on the net about his mother being in the British Union of Fascists. Ziggy Stardust's lightning logo may have been inspired by the BUF logo. With the other fascist/Nazi Lemmy dying I think Eric Clapton and Morrissey should be worried. Morrissey's National Front Disco was inspired by the Bowie "fascist salute" incident in 1976.
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Ziggy Stardust Lightning Flash inspired by the BUF? You be the judge:



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Also this.



A bit like this too.

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A bit like this too.


KISS used the Nazi SS in their logo and two of the members were Jewish!

Sid Vicious would wear Swastika shirts on fucking television interviews!

Bowie was a major trendsetter and highly influential in the rock world but a fascist or Nazi sympathizer seems like a stretch. But, hey, they called Morrissey a racist too for singing "England for the English" so it doesn't take much to be called an eeeeevvviiiillll Natzeeeeee.
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