Did you ever read about David Bowie's flirtation with fascism? It is right there in his La Wik entry. Bowie later blamed it on drugs, but if you look at some other singers of the era, they shouted and stated some rather radical nationalist, fascist or racist things onstage or in print. Straight from the Playboy interview:
PLAYBOY: You’ve often said that you believe very strongly in fascism. Yet you also claim you’ll one day run for Prime Minister of England. More media manipulation?
BOWIE: Christ, everything is a media manipulation. I’d love to enter politics. I will one day. I’d adore to be Prime Minister. And, yes, I believe very strongly in fascism. The only way we can speed up the sort of liberalism that’s hanging foul in the air at the moment is to speed up the progress of a right-wing, totally dictatorial tyranny and get it over as fast as possible. People have always responded with greater efficiency under a regimental leadership. A liberal wastes time saying, “Well, now, what ideas have you got?” Show them what to do, for God’s sake. If you don’t, nothing will get done. I can’t stand people just hanging about. Television is the most successful fascist, needless to say. Rock stars are fascists, too. Adolf Hitler was one of the first rock stars.
PLAYBOY: How so?
BOWIE: 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 himself. He used politics and theatrics and created this thing that governed and controlled the show for those 12 years. The world will never see his like. He staged a country.
Really, I would like to be Prime Minister, but I think I’d have to set up my own country first. I don’t want to be Prime Minister of the old country. I’d have to create the state that I wish to live in first. I dream of one day buying companies and television stations, owning and controlling them.
Now isn't this rich. One other quote from the Wiki entry, "You've got to have an extreme right front come up and sweep everything off its feet and tidy everything up."You can find the full text of the Playboy interview with Cameron Crowe. Wasn't I just writing that Playboy sometimes published gems with their interviews? Bowie was always playing with the line of performer, product, art and whatnot. How much of this was him performing, and how much was Bowie legitimately considering the nature of fame and even political systems. This is only a couple of years the British "Winter of Discontent" era. This is the same national mood that inspired Alan Moore's V For Vendetta comic.
Bowie had another quote about Hitler being one of the first pop stars. Curious about all of this was these statements and this era of Bowie was when he was also the first white performer asked to perform on "Soul Train". He is not wrong in the cult of personality that was built around Hitler. This is what Bowie was getting at with his statements. It was a softer PC environment then compared to now, but it was a statement with any positive kind of connotation towards fascism, therefore it must be dealt with.
Later in life, Bowie would cover that period as drug induced crazy talk. His words did not destroy his career. This is an indictment of the modern entertainment and music scene. Mel Gibson is on the outside looking in, and as I will write this coming Sunday, music is in the midst of a SJW clean up of individual opinions. One of rock's last innovators and artists died. He is not just a last member of the peak era of rock but of another era when performers had a little bit of personality... and the progs were not out with knives the moment thoughtcrime was expressed.