Richard Spencer Taps Group as “Official” Alt-Right Band

In an interview yesterday, before he was so rudely removed from CPAC, AltRight.com founder Richard Spencer playfully pegged Depeche Mode as the “official band”of the Alt-Right.

In a later Tweet, Spencer clarified he was only joking but identified himself as a fan of the band.

In the comments for the AltRight.com article covering the story, readers described Depeche Mode’s latest single as “pandering to SJWs” but provide much acclaim for the band’s 1990 release “Violator”.

Here it is:

So what do you think?

Personally, I see David Bowie, particularly his “Thin White Duke” persona, as more representative of Alt-Right culture. AltRight.com, for the most part, seems to agree, having published an article last month recognizing Bowie as such. However, that’s not to take away from Depeche Mode in any fashion. There’s no contradiction in any way.  Apparently Bowie was a big influence on Depeche Mode.

 

Joy Villa’s Bowie Connection

Joy Villa, the recording artist who wore the “Make America Great Again” dress to the Grammy Awards in honor of President Donald Trump last week, made such an impact with the public that for most of last week her 2014 EP “I Make the Static” was the #1 album for sales on iTunes and Amazon.  Concerning the reception she received, Joy told Breitbart:

Honestly, I did get some hate. I got some dirty looks. I got a guy who said, ‘I would like to step on it.’ You know. I got the negativity. But they didn’t come up to me and say anything except for that one person. The people who poured their heart and soul and actually came up to me and took photos with me and said I just wanted to tell you I love you. I love your dress. I love what you’re doing. Those were the overwhelming majority that day. Even at the Grammys.

Curiously, more digging about Joy uncovers a connection to the late great David Bowie, the Thin White Duke, whom we at IPR-X previously connected to Trump’s rise.  Joy is married to Danish photographer Thorsten Overgaard.  On his website, we find a multitude of articles featuring his photography, including some photos of Joy.  One article from February of last year titled “Remembering David Bowie” discusses the impact Bowie had on both Overgaard and Joy. Overgaard writes:

Joy and I happen to have had Ziggy Stardust as the soundtrack to our romance the first 6-9 months of our time together. When traveling from New York through Canada, Europe and to Asia we had it on repeat.

Apart from that period, Bowie haven’t filled our thoughts much of the time.

But when he died, you realize what you lost.

The article also shows Joy’s personal tribute to Bowie.  Just like her tribute to President Trump, Joy honored Bowie through a dress.  After last year’s Grammys, Overgaard and Joy visited Garbage Gone Glam where they created a dress on Joy’s body made up of Bowie album covers.

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Garbage Gone Glam’s Kristen Alyce creates the dress on Joy’s body

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Workshop photo by Mark Tenally

 

 

Joy Villa Wins the Night

Joy Villa rocked the Grammy Awards with a dress paying homage to President Donald Trump and the Make America Great Again movement.

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Joy is a mulatto singer-songwriter known for wearing interesting dresses.  Last year she wore an orange fishnet.

The designer of the dress is a Filipino immigrant named Andre Soriano.  He told the Hollywood Reporter:

We all live on this planet. I’ve never been in the political arena. However, it’s just so crazy that people are getting beat up because they voted for Trump, or this and that, someone wants to bomb the White House. I am an American, I moved here from the Philippines, and I highly believed in the trueness of what this country can bring. It’s about bringing people together, that’s the message.

Even though Joy did not win any Grammys, the most of which (5) went to the late great David Bowie, Joy certainly won the night with her courageous dress in such hostile territory.

Music Monday: Lazarus

On September 19, 2014, I wrote the following on IPR:

New York City — my old stomping grounds — a modern day $odom and Gomorrah — the sewers are cleaner than the streets — the Republican Party owns a suite in Trump Tower where they put on Burlesque shows every Thursday night. It’s nothing to worry about. Libertarians are fine.

“Come on up for the rising”

Years later, David Bowie released this song, with the title of my name (Lazarus) and a passage mirroring what I wrote above:

By the time I got to New York (my old stomping grounds)

I was living like a king (a suite in Trump Tower)

Then I used up all my money (a modern day $odom and Gomorrah)

I was looking for your ass (Burlesque shows)

This way or no way (It’s nothing to worry about)

You know, I’ll be free (Libertarians are fine)

Just like that bluebird (Come on up for the rising)

Now ain’t that just like me (Lazarus)

Did I inspire Bowie to write this song?  Maybe.  The thematic similarities between the song and my blurb on IPR cannot be denied.  Plus, the blurb was written before Bowie wrote the song.  Perhaps most telling, I used the name “Lazarus the Great” as the author of the blurb, while the title of the song is “Lazarus” even though this name is not mentioned in the song (it is an allusion to the story in the Gospel of John of Jesus rising Lazarus of Bethany from the dead).  There is a strong possibility Bowie read my post and then wrote the song (or at least the passage above) in response.

Kareem Caliente calls my 2014 blurb “prescient” not only because of its foreshadowing of “Lazarus” but because I made the connection between the Republican Party and Donald Trump before anyone had any idea he would run for President, much less become the Republican Party presidential nominee and President itself.  Perhaps with the sarcastic tone of the final two sentences I foresaw the death of Libertarianism (as Nathan Norman declared last week), and then with reference to the Springsteen song “The Rising,” I saw the rise of the Alt-Right from the corpse of Libertarianism, just like Lazarus.

Maybe I’m a prophet.  Or maybe I’m just lucky.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Donald Trump, the Thin White Duke is inaugurated as President of the United States.

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For the past few weeks, I’ve gone track by track of David Bowie’s album “Station to Station” discussing how each song connects to President Elect Trump.

Please listen again to each and appreciate its newfound significance:

Monday Entertainment: Wild Is the Wind #MusicMonday #MondayMotivation

The final track on “Station to Station“, “Wild Is the Wind” is the only song on the album David Bowie himself did not write.  Scranton-born Ned Washington authored its lyrics. Though a love song, just like the previous, its protagonist the Thin White Duke recognizes how tenuous love can be and how it can blow away in the wind like leaves from a tree.  Likewise, America, or at least the silent majority, currently loves President Elect Donald Trump, but that can change (my time was running wild) like the wind.  The love can last if as President, Trump does what he has promised, to Make America Great Again.

Like a leaf clings
To the tree
Oh my darling,
Cling to me
For we’re like creatures
In the wind
And wild is the wind
Wild is the wind