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Sat, Sep. 29th, 2007 11:37 am
The pop dictators

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33mhz
33mhz
The Queen of Overdub Kisses
Sat, Sep. 29th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)

HAHA, the bit about Blondie/Hitler's dog is totally new to me.

As Bowie gets at in the interview, most of the glam flirtation with fascism was less an embrace of specific politics and more about the power of music and spectacle to circumvent rational thought and control/compel the audience.

Then again, even outright propaganda like Hitler Youth Quex was hardly political in any deep sense-- communists were portrayed as scruffy and disorderly while the Hitler Youth were portrayed as peppy little boyscouts. The appeals it made were all on the aesthetic/emotional level. At its most overtly political, it only went as far as contrasting the nationalism of the National Socialists with the internationalism of the Communists.

The distinction between this glam flirtation with fascist imagery and actual fascist music becomes all the more clear when you consider groups like Prussian Blue, white nationalist loli-pop.


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Sun, Sep. 30th, 2007 11:16 am (UTC)

Darling, don´t take the fascists seriously, it´s what they want.


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Sat, Sep. 29th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)

tl;dr

Prussian Blue, like all fascism, and all glam, are absolutely hilarious.


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