Depeche Mode really hates Richard Spencer
Not that Richard Spencer, the white nationalist leader who finds himself being punched out on camera these days, needs any more enemies, but he has them now in the form of Depeche Mode.
That’s right, Spencer, you’re gonna want your own personal Jesus after you hear what Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan and the boys think about you.
Well, actually I can’t print what they called you in a family-friendly blog. Those Brits can be a little cheeky with their profanities. (Just google it if you’re really interested.)
It appears the trouble started back in late February when Spencer declared that “Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right.” Whether Spencer was kidding or not, the band felt the need to set the record straight.
“That’s pretty ridiculous. Depeche Mode has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt right and does not support the alt-right movement,” a band rep told Esquire.
This week, in an interview with Billboard, Gahan clarified his position:
“I think over the years there’s been a number of times when things of ours have been misinterpreted -- either our imagery, or something where people are not quite reading between the lines,” Gahan said. “If anything, there’s a way more sort of socialist -- working class, if you like -- industrial-sounding aesthetic to what we do. That’s where we come from.”
Gahan went on to say that though today’s political climate feels other-worldly, he didn’t feel it was the craziest era he’d lived through.
“It was just as crazy when I was a teenager and [Margaret] Thatcher came into power,” Gahan told Billboard.