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The Prince of Peace and the Nazi?

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There are some bizarre, peculiar & sometimes quite embarrassing Brits-Nazi- incidents, but don´t let them fool you, I don´t think there is any sympathy for Nazi ideology involved.

Wheter it is our skinny hero in partial SS costume, fueled with cocaine, smack and visions of Charlotte R., or Kula Shaker, with the weird act of burning huge swastikas onstage during their 1999 tour.

And don´t forget the late Lemmy Kilmister, the man had an extraordinary big collection of Nazi devotional objects. The Eisernes Kreuz around his neck was an original, I´ll bet you.

Last AND least: the bunch of bright looking young men of the Hells Angels party organisation, most of them wearing Wehrmacht or SS helmets, as seen on the 1969 Brian Jones Hyde Park memorial concert.

By the way, stormtroopers isn´t a correct & fitting translation for SS, Schutz-Staffel = Shield Squadron

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Vot is zis 'baby'?! Thing is, it only looks bizarre, peculiar and embarrassing from this perspective - because the context in which younger British people in the late '60s and early-mid '70s sometimes wore Nazi regalia has now been lost. From a 21st-century perspective, it's hard to grasp that people did this just to wind-up the older generation who never stopped banging on about how they'd 'defeated Hitler'. 
Prior to things like Rock Against Racism raising awareness of the racist connotations, the Nazis were just the faintly ridiculous baddies with the stupid marching and salutes that we'd beaten in the war.
And it made your granddad tetchy if the bassplayer from The Sweet wore a swastika armband on Top of the Pops. 
None of it was meant to signal any sympathy with Nazi ideology - I doubt if Steve Priest could spell 'Birkenau' if you paid him - which is why it all stopped once RAR, etc, managed to make people understand the implications. And when the penny dropped, you thanked God that your granddad had 'defeated Hitler' and you realised exactly why that generation reacted the way they did to daft kids sporting swastikas for what they thought was 'a laugh'.              

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Before the 80s and political correctness in Britain casual racism was the norm. It certainly didn't mean you supported oppression. 

As a consequence people could say and do pretty much anything outside violence and get away with it. Dressing as a Nazi was seen as a joke and not given a second thought. 

I often wondered if Jimmy got the Nazi gear from his mate Chris Farlowe who dealt in Nazi memorabilia for a living. 

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On 5/17/2019 at 5:05 AM, Brigante said:

it made your granddad tetchy if the bassplayer from The Sweet wore a swastika armband on Top of the Pops. 

Love your reference:). . that and the silver hot pants with a Hitler stash to boot. .It is all done for show. .which is why everything today sucks b/c weve seen it all. .

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Hmm, do you remember the shooting scene featuring Cole and Grant from the beginning of the movie, The Song Remains The Same?


Do you recall what happens to the dive guys playing some sort of strange, twisted Monopoly, complete with skull, watchtowers and swastika envelopes?

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