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About This Time 30 Years Ago… It’s The Hits Of March-ish 1994!

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Hottest Hit On The Planet:

“The Sign”
by Ace Of Base

Okay, let’s sort this out.

Let’s put Google onto incognito mode – because I’m terrified to think of what crazy stuff they’ll try to sell me as a result of this rabbit-hole dive – and finally find the definitive answer to that burning question I’m sure you are all not asking at all: just how Nazi were Ace Of Base?

(Your welcome.)

It’s a difficult question to answer with any certainty, but let us try to find the truth anyway. To find the truth, and drag it up into the light, where it belongs.

But where does it belong?

It’s not as though Ace Of Base ever said anything especially racist or fascist in their media appearances at the time. I just watched a bunch of 1993 and 1994 interview clips and the most shocking revelation that I uncovered was that the blonde girl – Linn Bergren – is obsessed with Simply Red.

Linn, however, is not the member of Ace Of Base voted most likely to be a Nazi.

That would be Ulf Ekberg;

The only member of Ace Of Base not to be a member of the Bergren family. That Ulf was Nazi – once upon a time, during his misspent teenage years – is not a up for debate. He was.

This has been known for some time. He’s admitted to it. He says he regrets it. And not only because his pre-Ace Of Base Nazi band – Commit Suiside – was rubbish.

A compilation of Ulf Ekberg’s Commit Suicide nonsense – titled “Uffe Was A Nazi,” probably not the title he would have chosen himself – was released in 1998.

Ulf has argued that of the five songs on the compilation, only two of them were actually Commit Suiside tracks. And those two were the not-so-racist ones.

They weren’t the ones about “men in white hoods.” Ulf may have hung out with Nazis but he didn’t write “Rör inte vårt land” (“Don’t Touch Our Country”) I haven’t listened to it, but it’s probably a 1.

But people knew even before 1998. They knew in March 1993.

The scandal was in all the newspapers – or at least music mags – all across Europe. Ace Of Base needed a public relations strategy to get the public back on side.

So they wrote “Happy Nation,” describing it as an “anti-fascist song.” In the short term, the people seemed to be satisfied. In the long term, “Happy Nation” would be used as damning evidence in the Ace Of Base Were Nazis case.

Once you’ve stopped chuckling at the sight of Jonas lip-syncing to a Latin choir, it’s easy to see how. “Happy Nation” is foreboding, yet with a chorus so insistently catchy that it could only have been dispatched by an evil organisation hellbent on mass mind-control. And not for a second does it come across as an anti-fascist song.

But just in case it isn’t obvious why some might read fascist intent into a song like “Happy Nation”, I now need to direct your attention to the definitive article for Ace-Of-Base-Were-Nazis Conspiracy Theorists:

You should probably read it, if you haven’t already, before we go any further. Not necessarily because it is correct – in many critical ways it is not – but just so you understand the logic behind the theory, such as it is.

The main crux of Cracked’s argument is the name, Ace Of Base.

A name either thought up by Ulf, or simply adopted shortly after he joined the group. Prior to that, Ace Of Base were Tech-Noir, named after a café in Terminator.

According to the theory, Ace Of Base were named after the Keroman Submarine Base, a giant Nazi naval fortress so impenetrable that it was never destroyed – it’s still there, it’s used as a harbour for yachts – and which was nicknamed “the base of aces.”

This at least checks out. Keroman was referred to as “the base of aces” in a book called Hitler’s U-Boat Fortresses and in an academic paper from 2006 “Management of Historical and Cultural Heritage-The case of WWII submarine bases in France.”

And of course, in the Netflix Documentary, “Nazi Mega Weapons.” So it was the sort of fact that a Nazi enthusiast would know.

Likelihood of Ace Of Base being named after a Nazi Mega Weapon? Hmmm, I’d say about 50/50. But there’s so much that the Cracked article gets wrong!!!

That Latin chant at the beginning of “Happy Nation” for example. The Cracked article claims that it has been translated into a threat to kill people. Now, my Latin may be a little rusty – some might say it’s nullus.

But other, more qualified scholars have suggested that it comes from The Gospel According To Luke (my personal favourite gospel… it has the best Christmas story) specifically the scene where the arch-angel Gabriel breaks the news to Mary that she’s pregnant.

Still, the overall vibe of the song – foreboding, oppressively chirpy, dreaming “of perfect man” – does not leave the kind of impression that Ace Of Base were reputedly aiming for; that of a harmless pop group.

Because unlike most harmless pop group, Ace Of Base always seemed to be stridently trying to tell us something.

To spread a message about something. True, they were extraordinarily clumsy with their messaging – partly due to English being a second language – but there was definitely a message there.

You could tell by the way they sang like school teachers leading their students in chanting their multiplication tables. But what kind of message were Ace Of Base trying to send?

What is the message of medium-sized-and-weirdly-paranoid-hit “Living In Danger” (“I see lies, in the eyes of a stranger, living in danger”)?

According to The Sign: The Home Video – 30 minutes of hit clips and band interviews, revealing the innerworkings of the Ace Of Base hivemind! – Jonas, the one that looks like a bit of a boofhead, believes it’s about “don’t trust too much people, you do better on your own.”

Quite a depressing thought for a pop song. The brunette one – Jenny – has a more puritan understanding of the song. She says it’s about how “people tell us to drink and smoke, but it’s dangerous.”

Personally – and this may simply reflect my new tendency to look for signs in the lines of each and every Ace Of Base song – I think it’s an anti-immigration rant.

And what are we supposed to make of the cover artwork for “The Sign” single? Doesn’t it seem to be trying to transmit some coded message that only those in the know would understand? I am not in the know, so I do not understand, but seriously…

An Egyptian symbol (an ankh, for those playing at home, which apparently symbolizes eternal life, or death, or reincarnation, take your pick) inside of a giant blue eye, with five white doves – or maybe they’re seagulls? – soaring towards it. What’s THAT all about? It’s got to be about something right?

Of all their hits, the meaning of “The Sign” is probably the most obscure. The lyrics are so damningly vague, that the Genius website hasn’t even bothered to hazard a guess what they might mean!

I mean, I guess we are supposed to assume that it’s a defiant break up song. She sees “The Sign” that he’s been cheating and now she left you, taunting you with an “oh, oh, oh.” That’s certainly how Jonas described it in “The Sign: The Home Movie”.

Jenny, on the other hand, says was about going “on the road of life”, “you see signs in your life and that’s why you change direction.” It’s like the actual members of Ace Of Base can’t even agree on what “The Sign” is about! What hope do the rest of us have?!?!?

But once you start looking out for signs of fascism in Ace Of Base lyrics you start to see them everywhere, and I’ve started to think that maybe “The Sign” is another anti-immigration rant.

“Life is demanding without understanding”? If you don’t understand someone – like a foreigner for example – then life is demanding. Ergo, to make life less demanding, get rid of the foreigners.

“How can a person like me care for you?” “How can a person like you bring me joy?” What do you mean “like you,” Linn and Jenny?

“No one’s gonna drag you up to get into the light where you belong, but where do you belong?” Not in Sweden, one assumes. Honestly, that line could mean anything, it’s so weird.

So, ultimately, do I think Ace Of Base were Nazis? Honestly, I’m still not sure.

But hey, now that people are always talking about their neo-Nazi past, at least no-one is asking them about ABBA anymore. That must be a relief!

“The Sign” is a 7.


Meanwhile, in Gangsta Rap Land:

“Gin & Juice”
by Snoop Doggy Dogg

It is my aspiration to be Snoop Doggy Dogg.

Somehow, someway, he just comes up with funky ass shit like EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Or at least he did in 1993 and 1994. That day in 2010 when he came up with his rap for “California Gurls?” He skipped coming up with funky ass shit that day.

That Snoop was able to come up with funky ass shit like EVERY SINGLE DAY is even more impressive given that he was a member of the Long Beach Crips. There’s so much drama in the LBC!!

LBC might also stand for Long Beach-Compton.

It’s a little bit unclear. Snoop might not be entirely clear what he’s rapping about anyway… given that he’s totally blitzed and all.

The first sounds we hear on “Gin & Juice” are the bubbles of a bong, begging the question: has any era of pop music reeked of so much weed smoke as the early-mid 90s?

This was, don’t forget, only six months after Cypress Hill went to Number One with “Black Sunday”, an album that effectively served as a legalize-cannabis concept album.

The combined tetrahydrocannabinol content of an ounce plus a fat-ass j of some bubonic chronic that made Snoop choke, means that there’s probably more weed being smoked in “Gin & Juice” than gin being drunk – and there’s a lot of gin being drunk, not just Seagram but Tanqueray as well – but it didn’t make the title.

Snoop now sells a line of “Gin & Juice” cocktails, which feels like a far better brand-fit than his previous foray into mid-priced wine.

Even more on-brand for Snoop is his investment fund Casa Verde Capital. Described in its LinkedIn Page as “the leading venture capital firm focusing exclusively on the cannabis industry.”

At Snoop’s own LinkedIn page – yes, Snoop Dogg has his own LinkedIn page….

He suggests that “companies operating in the cannabis space may be able to benefit from his expertise and connections.”

Ya think? Snoop does after all, sell his own cannabis brand: Leafs By Snoop. Oh, and you can purchase Snoop designed canine fashion at Snoop Doggie Doggs.

And let us not forget the Snoop Cereal – Fruity Hoopz With Marshmallows – in relation to which Snoop is currently suing Walmart for constantly pretending they are out of stock in order to appease their Post Foods masters… or something.

I think we can fairly say that Snoop has his mind on his money and his money on his mind.

“Gin & Juice” is a 9.

*Some have suggested that Snoop’s reference to Seagram’s was due to Seagram’s owning Interscope Records, but that acquisition didn’t occur until 1996. Maybe the causation went the other way. Also it’s unlikely that Seagram’s would have directed Snoop to advertise their gin and then allow him to also advertise their competition Tanqueray – owned by Diageo – in the next verse.


Meanwhile in Rap-Queens Land:

“Whatta Man”
by Salt’n’Pepa & En Vogue

Cheryl James – that’s Salt to you – and Sandra Denton – you may know her as Pepa – really want you to know what their idea of an ideal man is.

They’d already given us a few hints in “Shoop” – Salt likes them “packed” and “stacked” “especially in the back”, she likes “in the three piece suit”, particularly if that suit includes “big jeans”, which give Salt “nice dreams” and makes her “wanna scream”

On ‘Whatta Man” they get very specific. Curiously, most of it was written by Hurby “Luv Bug” Azor, aka that guy on “Push It” who informs you that “this song isn’t for everyone… only the sexy people”, which always felt a little exclusionist to me.

Luv Bug’s standards have not dropped.

Pep’s man is smooth like Barry, presumedly Barry White. His voice got bass. Like Barry White.  He’s got a body like Arnold. With a Denzel face. These are some pretty high standards. Not only is he smart like a doctor, but a doctor with a real good rep! Pep’s man is so good, he’s not even trying to be a pimp! I could go on, but it’s all a bit intimidating. Does a guy like this actually exist?

“Let me show you the ways, baby.”

Salt’s man is so good that she doesn’t even care if he creeps around, as long as he does it on the down low. Salt’s man is highly proficient at creepin’ on the down low. Salt appreciates that. Salt also appreciates the fact that he gives real lovin’, spends quality time with his kids – because he’s secure in his manhood – and because his Mama taught him to respect women… presumedly by doing his creepin’ on the down low.

Spinderella’s man might be the best of all.

So good that from seven to seven he’s got her open like 7-Eleven, a curious line since those are no 7-Eleven’s opening hours – which is only fair, since she was the hottest. Hopefully this was a bit of a consolation for not having her name included in the band name.

On the other hand she got to be called Spinderella – an easy name to remember, which may be why her man knows that her name is not Susan – instead of being named after a condiment!

It took a while, but I have finally come to accept that I will never date either Salt or Pepa. Or, even more sadly, Spinderella. Their standards are simply too high.

Salt-n-Pepa were virtually a legacy act at this point.

They more or less started the pop-rap crossover era a decade earlier with “Push It,”, laying the groundwork for MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice and Sir Mix-A-Lot and Kriss Kross. That era was over by 1993.

Most of those stars had already tumbled down the dumper. Hammer was heading for bankruptcy. Gangsta rap was in ascendant. Yet Salt-n-Pepa were still there, having the biggest hits of their career. Sure, they would also be their last major hits, but still… these were hits so hot that En Vogue, almost certainly the hottest R&B group around – TLC were still several months away from dropping “CrazySexyCool” – were cool with playing second fiddle!

And for that, we’ve got to give them RESPECT!

“Whatta Man” is a 9.


Meanwhile, in Kooky Piano Genius Land:

“Cornflake Girl” by Tori Amos

Tori Amos never was a “Cornflake Girl.” Technically at least, this was true. Although she was in a 1985 TV commercial for Kellogg’s Just Right:

When you write a song like “Cornflake Girl” people are going to ask questions. Such as: what the hell are you going on about?

So Tori spent a large chunk of 1994 trying to explain just that. What was “Cornflake Girl” going on about? What is a “Cornflake Girl”? What is the difference between a “Cornflake Girl” and a “Raisin Girl?”

Here’s Tori:

“Cornflake girls are prudish, unconformistic and obedient to authority, whereas raisin girls are original, willful and sexual. A cornflake girl is wonderbread, whereas a raisin girl is wholewheat bread. In an American perspective the cornflake girl comes from a redneck-family from the midwest and the raisin girl would be the product of a multi-racial circle of friends from the big city.”

Cornflake Girl Tori Amos

Tori, needless to say, identifies as a raisin girl.

Anyway, the cornflake girls and the raisin girls are stabbing each other in the back. “Cornflake Girl” is about “the betrayal of women, by women.” “Cornflake Girl” is the encapsulation of Tori’s frustration with those women – many of whom identified as feminists – who were constantly chastising her for things like straddling the piano stool in an unladylike pose.

As for the rabbit? Turns out it’s not just another Alice In Wonderland reference – Alice in Wonderland being the pop culture reference of choice for kooky-girl pop…

…but “a Deadhead, who lives in Northern California. Rabbit is a girl. She lives in the forest, and makes beads, and she lives with Fox… I wished I could have been Rabbit!”

So for all the girls who dreamt of being Tori, just know that Tori dreamt of being a Deadhead living in the woods of Northern California.

But why wouldn’t you want to be Tori Amos?

The woman who – in the middle of the grunge guitar smashing era – made playing the piano seem like the most rebellious act of all!

The way Tori plays solo on top of solo over the top of “Cornflake Girl”… gasp… she was the ultimate piano hero!

“Cornflake Girl” is a 10.


Meanwhile in Brit-Pop Land:

“Girls And Boys” by Blur

Britpop. I’ve hot-taken about it before. And I stand by my hot-take.

Here’s my hot-take, based on my reply to a feature on Blur’s “Parklife” album in a Number Ones column for… um… R Kelly’s “Bump’n’Grind.”

“So I’m watching This Is Pop right, the Brit Pop episode? And it’s all about how Blur invented Brit Pop because they did this tour of the States – landing in America the day that Nevermind came out – and they don’t get the response to which they have become accustomed at home. So they suddenly become all defensive and patriotic and talking about British identity and then Alex James says – and this is a direct quote – “it just made us realize that British culture has been completely marginalized.”

Are you havin’ a laff Alex? British culture… marginalized?

In the year that fellow indie-ish band EMF have a Billboard Hot 100 Number One?

Not to mention the significantly less indie Londonbeat?

Do you know who was Number One on Modern Rock Tracks the week that “Nevermind” came out? Robyn Hitchcock. An Englishman.

And the Number One before it? The Psychedelic Furs.

And before that? Big Audio Dynamite II. And before that… I’ll save time and tell you there were seven British bands at Number One on Modern Rock Tracks in a row!!

You know who was Number One on Modern Rock Tracks for most of April and May 1994? Morrissey!!

Marginalized? The UK?!?! What about… literally every other country on Earth?

A couple of generations ago Britain had the World’s All-Time Biggest Empire! One generation ago, you had The Beatles! The members of Blur spent their entire lives living in the world’s second biggest pop-super-power! The equivalent to the Soviet Union in the Cold War of Pop!! And you think you’re MARGINALIZED?!?!

So then, what do you do…you go off and make an album harking back to a utopian past of such stereotypical Britishness that you might as well be Nigel Farage.

I think what I’m saying is that BritPop was basically Brexit: The Musical. Damon has said he felt “partially responsible” for Brexit, but that wasn’t because he encouraged a generation of Brits to dress in Union Jacks on “Parklife.” It’s because he didn’t tell everyone his hot take on it.”

Did I go too far with the Brexit comparison? Possibly.

None of this is to besmirch the music in any way, much of which – including much of Blur – was amongst the most addictive and obsession inducing music of the decade. It was music that made people with no known family connections with the UK dream of being British! I’m not referring to myself – my father came from Suffolk – but I’ve seen it happen!

And it all started with “Girls And Boys.”

Sure, some might say (ha!) that Blur had already kicked it off with “For Tomorrow” and point out that Suede had already released their debut album in 1993, but that shit was just the appetizer – a song written during another of Damon’s foreign sojourns.

This time a holiday, not in Greece, as the song lyrics might make you think, but in Spain. On holiday with Justine from Elastica. Where they were surrounded by crowds of British tourists being drunken twats.

Which means that the song that kickstarted a wave of some of the most patriotic British music of all time, was written as a critique of the British behaving badly overseas, an impression that their Oasis nemesisses would put a lot of effort into reinforcing.

Damon specifically had an issue with “all these blokes and all these girls meeting at the watering hole and then just copulating. There’s no morality involved. I’m not saying it should or shouldn’t happen.” He is though. Clearly, he is. “Always should be someone you really loooovvveeeee”? Clearly he thinks that it shouldn’t happen.

It also means that “Girls & Boys” is far more puritan than its Duran Duran disco production – and it’s spectacular disco-decadent Pet Shop Boys remix – may have made you think.

It also suggests that “girls who are boys who like boys to be girls” is not, after all, a celebration of gender fluidity.

But hey, authorial intent be damned! That’s what it is… and that’s why ten years later The Killers sorta-quoted it in “Somebody Told Me.”

I guess then “nothing is wasted, only reproduced” is not a reference to “Every Sperm Is Sacred” after all.

“Girls & Boys” is a 9.


Meanwhile in Things That Make You Go Mmm Land:

“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by Crash Test Dummies

“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by Crash Test Dummies: the song about teenage kids being ridiculed that itself became ridiculed. How meta!

  • You call THAT a chorus?!?” people would say, before giving “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” a wedgie.
  • “That’s not singing! That’s just humming!” they would continue, as they flushed its head down the toilet.
  • “Stupid ass song”, they would conclude, as they stuck a “KICK ME” sign to its back.

“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” was like a character in its own song!

To be fair, it does take a certain sort of courage to give a wedgie to a guy with a voice as deep as Brad Roberts. Because nobody – and I mean NOBODY – has ever hummed like Brad Roberts. Not even Barry White, probably, previously the title holder for the dictionary definition of baritone.

“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” is the dictionary definition of an alternative rock novelty song, of which the mid-90s had a plentiful supply. “Three Little Pigs” by Green Jelly. “Detachable Penis” by King Missile. “Push Th’ Little Daisies” by Ween probably wasn’t supposed to be a novelty song. But outside of the Cult Of Ween, that’s pretty much what it was. It’s probably unfair to include Blind Melon’s “No Rain” purely because of the bee-girl but it feels right.

“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” had everything you could possibly want in a 90s alternative novelty song. Or even in a serious 90s alternative ballad. It was about misunderstood kids. It was about how these freaks and geeks were just like you and me. It was basically Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” performed as a stand-up comedy routine.

I say a stand-up comedy routine, because the kids’ misfortunes – particularly when performed as part of a school recital – are quaintly humorous.

There’s this kid, whose hair has turned from black into bright white due to being a horrific car accident. Apparently this is something that can actually happen.

Wikipedia has an article on it. It’s called canities subita, aka Marie Antoinette Syndrome aka Thomas More Syndrome.

Sadly, under the “In Popular Culture” section, there is no mention of “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm.” Can anyone reading this with Wikipedia editing credentials please rectify this?

There’s also a girl with weird birth marks, a far more common source of mockery. But whether you have weird birth marks or are a kid with bright white hair, please find some comfort in the fact that there’s always someone worse off than you. Things could always be worse. You could, for example, belong to some weird Pentecostal cult, that your parents force you to be part of.

Part of the reason why “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” was much mocked was the freaky depths of Brad’s below-Barry bass and the exaggerated gravitas it gives to everything he says.

When what he is saying begins with “once there was a kid who” the experience is similar to that of listening to Nick Cave reading us a fairy tale.

“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” sounded so serious it was impossible to take seriously. It was so solemn that it became a novelty song. Which was exactly the sort of irony that Gen X was becoming famous for.

It’s not as though Brad isn’t in on the joke though. Just look at his fourth-wall breaking eyebrow raise during the 3rd “chorus.” He knows how ridiculous he’s sounding.

I’d love to report that Brad’s freak baritone was the result of his own freak accident. But Brad was himself in a car accident when he was a child – and would be in another whilst stoned as an adult – his voice did not drop infinite octaves as a result. Some people just have freakishly deep voices.

“Right here if you need me.”

I have previously been on record for giving “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” a 9, but I think I was partially trolling. It’s an 8.

What a crazy time to have been alive!


To hear these, and other 90s hits, tune into DJ Professor Dan’s Twitch stream on Saturdays, 8pm Melbourne time, which, now that it’s daylight saving is about breakfast time New York, still the middle of the night L.A., morning shift in London!

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Phylum of Alexandria
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March 29, 2024 7:35 am

Yeah, that Q interview was so embarrassing to read. Not because of the musicians, but because of such cheap and boorish writing. Sometimes I miss the days when everyone wasn’t so thoroughly focus-grouped in their language, and then I will stumble on some cultural artifacts from “the good old days.” Overcorrection is definitely a thing, but there were some things that merited some shaming.

But reading the article I got the sense that Bjork, Tori, and PJ all got along rather well. I’m sure Tori would be open to throwing carpets, bottles, and cutlery down a mountain cliff. And PJ spills the best T on the guys who are less than man-size.

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March 29, 2024 12:50 pm

How mesmerizing and simultaneously disappointing that Q could bring together such an amazing group of women just to create such a trash interview. I’m with Phylum… the good old days were anything but.

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March 29, 2024 9:28 pm

In real time, sometimes you don’t recognize how offensive an idea, image, or word can be. Sixteen Candles is my favorite example. Oh, no. Once upon a time, I laughed at date rape. John Hughes cast real-age actors. What would Almost Famous look like if Cameron Crowe cast children as groupies. I saw a clip of the Broadway offshoot. The actors look even older than Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin, Bijou Phillips, and, oh, no, where is my memory going…Fairuza Balk. Maybe Sarah Polley noticed. She turned down the role of Penny Lane. Polley would have been 21. But judging by her career as an actor and filmmaker, she’s always been an “old soul”.

Being on a general audience site is the worst. If I were to argue about the inappropriateness of the Q headline back home, inevitably somebody would call me a “snowflake”.

JJ Live At Leeds
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March 29, 2024 5:21 am

The fact that Ace Of Base may or not have had Nazi leanings completely passed me by at the time. If they did then I’m happy to say that listening to their songs did not instil any far right tendencies in me or my classmates.

Whatta Man, Girls And Boys and Cornflake Girl get top marks from me. Crash Test Dummies get a groan and muttered wish to make them go away.

Phylum of Alexandria
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March 29, 2024 7:44 am

I don’t think the other band members ever were.

As to Ulf, I am not quite sure. I totally agree that the author of the Cracked article sounds a bit cracked with paranoia. But still, as I understand it, Ulf never really conveyed a real sense of regret or contrition. He gave the standard PR apology, and then some Mel Gibson-esque irritation at the questions.

Still, if there’s an era that will out someone as fascist-sympathetic, this is it. The rise of right wing reactionaries movements and the rise of social media have gone hand in hand.

Has Ulf been…Kanye-adjacent…in his Twitter/X posts as of late? I’m not curious enough to go down that toxic rabbit hole, but in theory that’s the best source of any potential Signs to open up our eyes with respect to his crypto-Nazi garbage.

Phylum of Alexandria
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March 29, 2024 8:54 am

(except that the Nazis famously used tanks… 🤔🤔)

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March 29, 2024 10:51 am

I never understood the appeal of Ace Of Base. Nice melodies, I suppose, but “The Sign” in particular seemed like watered down Reggae. Can anyone enlighten me?

Salt ‘n’ Pepa ‘n’ Spinderella, on the other hand, were great. Fun lyrics, fun vibe, fun delivery. What more could you want?

Phylum of Alexandria
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March 29, 2024 10:57 am
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All of their stuff is glossy reggae, but…I dunno, it’s just great pop music.

That is my scholarly take.

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March 29, 2024 10:04 pm
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Damn. I don’t know how to imbed stuff. “Watered down reggae” is how I’d describe the regional genre “Jawaiian”. We have an alternate state flag; it’s green and yellow. I participated in a march to protest the Navy’s poisoning of our water supply. I wish the Hawaiian sovereign groups left their flags at home. It was locally-led, but we were supposed to be fighting for the naval families. Focus, people. They poisoned other neighborhoods. But today, it was supposed to be about the haoles. When I saw the group with the green and yellow flag, I knew there would be trouble. Sure enough, somebody shouted you like be one Rastafarian, why don’t you move to Jamaica? I have no dog in this fight, but the music is terrible. Alexander Payne, god bless him, did a superb job of curating Hawaiian music for The Descendants soundtrack. He and his producer spent three years in Hawaii. It really shows.

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