How A Pop Band Tricked 9 Million Americans Into Being Nazis PT. 1

Repost from Cracked.com

 

Donald Trump is modeling his entire presidential campaign and policy on how the Nazis took power in Germany. Sorry if that seemed like conspiracy theory nonsense and caught some of you off-guard. Also, here’s more of it. In fact, maybe buckle up for the next couple weeks or so.

Anyway, I really can’t blame anyone for landing on the side of the argument that Trump’s crazy immigration plan, or anything similarly Nazi-like, could never happen here. It really is inconceivable, even more so than the fact that it ever happened at all. But what if I told you we already kind of bought into it once? Not at all in the “extermination of an entire race” kind of way, thankfully. But a case study of sorts does exist which shows that, under the right circumstances, the American public is capable of completely ignoring or missing obviously hateful messages, provided they’re being delivered by someone who gives us something we want desperately enough. We talk about it on this week’s Unpopular Opinion podcast …

… where I’m joined by comic Lahna Turner, Cracked video superstar Katy Stoll, and musician Danger Van Gorder of the band Countless Thousands. Conveniently enough, I’ll explain it right here right now as well. OK, here goes nothing.

Do you remember Ace of Base? They were the ’90s band from Sweden who cranked out chart-topping hits like “The Sign” …

… “Don’t Turn Around” …

… and “All That She Wants.”

You remember them now, right? Maybe you were a fan. I wasn’t, personally, but I do get how hearing those songs again might evoke memories of a simpler time. A time when every food product was EXTREME! and winning a war in the Middle East was a thing we were still capable of as a country. So before you get too ensconced in your nostalgia, I feel like I should tell you something: Ace of Base was probably a bunch of Nazis.

Actually, that they have ties to the neo-Nazi movement isn’t in dispute, or at all a secret. A few years ago, Vice music editor Ben Shapiro wrote an article that revealed that Ace of Base founder Ulf Ekberg was once in a Nazi punk band called Commit Suiside. Here’s a sample of the band’s lyrics, as shared in his article:

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Vice covers way more ground in their write-up about Ekberg’s past, and I definitely encourage you to give it a read at some point. However, the piece ends with an interesting question: “Did Ekberg use Ace of Base’s success as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and erase his neo-Nazi past?”

I think I can answer that. Ekberg did not use Ace of Base to hide his Nazi past. Quite the contrary. Ace of Base was a Nazi band, too.

For starters, let’s talk about that name. It’s weird, right? Vaguely militaristic. “Bass” is the word you’d expect to be there, seeing as how it’s music-related and all. I think I can explain not only why they went with “base,” but also why it sounds so warlike. The name is most likely a reference to theKeroman Submarine Base, a massive U-boat launching and docking facility constructed by the Nazis in the French town of Loriant. It’s considered one of the most important and ambitious projects of the entire war for their side. In 1941, the missions that embarked from this facility alone were responsible for taking out more than 500 Allied ships. It was so well-constructed that the Allies built a new bomb specifically to take out this one facility. The bomb was called the “Tall Boy,” and it failed miserably. The Allies finally crippled the base, but only by literally flattening the entire city around it and blocking U-boats from accessing the station. We never took it, though. The Germans, despite eventually being completely surrounded by Allied forces, managed to hold onto the bunker through the end of the war.

If it reads like I was glowing with pride while writing all that, it’s because I want you to understand that this is exactly the kind of thing a closet Nazi would name his band after if he was trying to be clever. Now guess what they sometimes called Keroman Submarine Base? Because it was the place where Germany’s top U-boat captains carried out all of their missions, it was often called the “base of aces.”

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Ulk Ekberg – You cheeky Bastard!

Whoa! OK. Surely the band has a reasonable origin story for the name? When asked, the band’s answer is usually something about how the studio is a “base” and an ace is “like a master,” so the name implies that they are masters of the studio. In other words, they can’t even lie about it without using phrasing that brings Nazi ideals to mind. Why not “Base Masters” if that’s what you were trying to imply? It doesn’t sound any more or less stupid than “Ace of Base.”

Now, be completely honest with yourself while answering this question. What is more likely: That a confirmed former(?) Nazi just randomly threw two words together when coming up with a band name and landed on the perfect inverse of the nickname of one of the most impressive structures ever produced by the Nazi war machine by coincidence? Or that he knew exactly what his band name implied the entire time?

Why would someone use such an obvious Nazi reference as a band name if they were trying to put distance between themselves and their Nazi past, though? Because it’s not an obvious reference, that’s why. Like I said earlier, if you’re trying to fly under the radar while also paying homage to your Nazi leanings, “Ace of Base,” or anything based on the “base of aces” nickname, is a great way to be sneaky about it. See, it’s not a common nickname. I only know about it because there’s a series on Netflix right now called Nazi Mega Weapons. The second episode of the first season is about the Keroman facility.

That’s where I first heard it referred to as the “base of aces” and thought, “Ha, what if the name of that ’90s band is actually a Nazi reference?” From there, I found plenty of sources that suggested Ace of Base might have Nazi ties, but very few that referred to Keroman as the “base of aces,” although I did eventually see it in this passage from the 2003 book Hitler’s U-boat Fortresses. My point is, as far as Nazi references go, it’s kind of obscure. If some piece of shit Nazi started a pop band with the intent of spreading Nazi propaganda subliminally to the masses and thought he was so much smarter than everyone else that he could slip a Nazi reference right into his band’s name without anyone noticing, “Ace of Base” is close to an ideal choice. After all, it’s worked this long, right?

The boy must die

Whats good bro,

Despite the belief that beauty trumps brains in a man’s search for his ideal woman, I strongly believe that intelligence is the most important factor in what attracts a man, notice the keyword “man” it just depends on which side you seated – a boy wants boobs and ass, a man wants common sense and class.

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To be honest beauty is very easily attainable today thanks to modern plastic surgery magic but it’s also very short lived ask Lil Kim, but the brain is infinite. It’s hard to be around someone all the time and make togetherness work if they’re too stupid to put together a box, however, it would be a bonus to have beauty with brain but it’s a rare combination.

 

A relationship is best defined as a journey with mutual benefits that 2 loyal people embark on to improve each other, therefore the boy must die and become a man to realize that beauty is only in the eyes of beholder and although the criterion for being beautiful would differ from person to person – he alone can identify his “beauty” ….

There was a time that I was absolutely CONVINCED that I was doomed to live out my life alone. I had ZERO hope that a great girl would ever find anything attractive about me. I was CERTAIN that no high-quality woman would want to date me, let alone hang around for anything that could remotely be called a “relationship.”

Most painful of all…I truly believed that NOTHING WAS EVER GOING TO CHANGE FOR ME… that this lonely, unhappy, desperate existence was all that I had to look forward to in life. I only had that mindset because i was looking for the wrong things. Not good.

Well….If you know anything about me, you know that I eventually made a decision that would change my entire life, i decided that I was going to TAKE ACTION in a VERY big way…i decided to become a man.

Later bro

Think before you Ink (unedited)

Hey bro

You alright?

Though to share this with you

Tattoos : there really isn’t any need to define the word, we’ve all seen a few, large sleeves with detailed art, a small bird inked behind a lady’s ear. They come in different shapes and sizes, some look like works of art and precision, some like a sketch a 2 year old had drawn.
Recently there’s been a sharp rise in the number of people tatted, it seems like everyone’s getting one these days and being someone who already has 3, at 22, I’m grateful mostly because a long sleeve shirt will cover all 3 up perfectly, a lot of people cant say that, still i regret more now, at some point if practically you were to look at it, it became more popular when stars and celebrities all seemed to be getting inked, i’m not pointing the blaming finger at them – No, they live a life that contains the luxury of just being themselves, we don’t. Besides that even, tattooing has been in most cultures for years, the equipments might have been upgraded, but tattooing itself isn’t the problem, it’s the abuse we – common people – do to it that’s the problem. My opinion behind tattooing has changed over time but to anyone I know that’s planning to get something done, if it matters to you that much – get it done, but keep it simple and somewhere you can cover it up easily, You’ll thank me some day 🙂

Later bro✌

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Counterpoint.

Hey bro

I wrote this for booboo,

Bro trust me you’d like it as much as she liked it

It’s not perfect I know, but it’s like a rendition that plays on till today. Memoirs of life emphasised by contrast, but still end up making sense. So i wrote this purely from my thoughts.

To you – our counterpoint.

” A lot has been said, a lot has been done,
arguments lost and arguments won –
Riddled with false accusations – even if they were true,
can any of them really walk a mile in her shoes?

She remains strong, silently hoping,
Nobody knows, but she’s silently coping.
Problems compile problems never seeming to subside,
it’s hard to imagine she hasn’t been pushed to suicide…

He takes his time and grows fond of her,
to gain her trust and comfort her.
“She’s tainted” they say and he understands that,
But all he wants to do is fix her broken heart…

He speaks to her – honest & true,
and let her know to him she’s brand new.
That all the in the past, remain in the past,
so the love they’ve found could really last. “

An adage to life

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R-I-P Goldie
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Life’s short, cut the bull-shit, be attentive, care, love, give, because life’s short…in the blink of an eye…one wrong move, consciously or unconsciously…and it’s game over.

Be the “sour puss”…you are the “jack ass”…but never relent…life’s short.

When you come close to losing something you realize how important it is? Life’s short….it doesn’t hurt to always be nice ….no matter the outcome, life’s still too short, Heaven, the outcome, is forever….

 

when the fat lady sings

Chukkie in his hostel room (india)Its been one of those years,I don’t intend to sound melodramatic, but its been one tough year, got me thinking, what if this was it? What would people say when we’re gone, as odd as it sounds this must have crossed your mind (no, not when you were drunk or high) first off I was really bored that day, and this thought flashed through my mind, thoughts of the risks I’d taken, *sighs* what if it isn’t all worth it at the end? Its so cliche when I ponder or share experiences like this but we all know they do happen.

I don’t want to be remembered for the wrong I did,I don’t want to be remembered for trying and not accomplishing,don’t get me wrong, I get lots of love from family and friends but also despite and contempt from some few others, I want to be remembered for trying forgetting that I didn’t succeed, for forgiving forgetting I’ve wronged others, for giving and not expecting in return,forgetting I owe a lot to various friends.

“It isn’t over untill the fat lady sings” so when does, appreciate the times we had, forget about the times you couldn’t make it, the times you couldn’t be there, and for when you need me? live remembering the advice I would give if I were there, I’m not a saint or a mentor, I’m just the big headed igbo boy, who always made you smile when he could, appreciate me if you had my best interests at heart, because its always been mutual –
In the words of drake (or whoever he copied the quote of 🙂 )
“may your neighbours respect you…
trouble neglect you…
angels protect you…
and heaven accept you”

– Chukkie