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Ace of Base Was Inspired by National Socialism 15 Jul 2020 20:22 #1

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Ace of Base Was Inspired by National Socialism

July 13, 2020

Remember in the 90s when Ace of Base’s “The Sign” was playing non-stop? I was 10 years old when it was released, and though I might not have admitted it at the time, I really liked it. I recently heard it on the car radio and decided that now is a good time to share this interesting story about the Swedish band with you.

Ulf Ekberg was a founding member of Ace of Base, and he caused something of a scandal after the band became super famous, since it was eventually discovered that Ekberg had a history of being a “neo-Nazi” and singing in a White Power band named Commit Suicide (very uplifting, I know).

A translation of lyrics from one of their songs is:

Men in white hoods march down the road, we enjoy ourselves when we’re sawing off niggers’ heads/ Immigrant, we hate you! Out, out, out, out! Nordic people, wake up now! Shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot!”

Ekberg was also a member of the Sweden Democrats, which was founded by National Socialists who tried to mainstream their movement. Anders Klarström was a former head of the party and was also a member of Commit Suicide with Ekberg.

When confronted with his “Nazi” past, Ekberg would distance himself from it. In a documentary from 1997 he said, “I told everyone I really regret what I did. I’ve closed that book.” Not letting his past keep him down, Ekberg has continued performing with his band (and also worked on the marketing campaigns of some major international brands, such as BMW, Fiat, IBM, LinkedIn, Canon, Motorola, and Nokia).

It has never been confirmed that the other members of the band were aware of Ekberg’s past at the time they founded their group, but I find it hard to believe that would not have known. In fact, it appears that they harbored the same sympathies as Ekberg!

To start, let us consider the very name of the band. Why were they called Ace of Base? In music, one would expect a reference to “bass” and not to the military “base”. Well, it turns out that the Third Reich had a “base of aces”! From Cracked:

The name is most likely a reference to the Keroman 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.”

If you follow the link at the end of the quote and search for “base of aces” you will see that indeed the Keroman Submarine Base was referenced as such.

Now let’s consider some of the symbolism in the song “All That She Wants,” which is about a greedy, lazy woman who preys on men by having them impregnate her, so she can leave, collect money, and then does not have to work. We find out the female is jewish right at the beginning of the music video, as she is fondling what appears to be a necklace full of six-pointed stars.

Given what we already know about Ekberg and the origin of the band’s name, this cannot just be a coincidence.

Check it out for yourself:

Perhaps “The Sign” might have had some cryptic messages in it? The first lyric definitely makes me think of Ekberg and his transformation from Neo-Nazi to pop star:

I, I got a new life, you would hardly recognize me, I’m so glad

Then there is the famous chorus:

I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign
Life is demanding without understanding
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign
No one’s gonna drag you up to get into the light where you belong
But where do you belong?

What is the sign being referenced? Everyone wanted to know. In the music video, there are ankhs on the screen, which shows that they could be talking about a sign that is a visual symbol. Perhaps the sign is actually the swastika! In the song it sometimes sounds like they are singing, “I saw the sun,” which would be appropriate since the swastika is a sun symbol.

I, under the pale moon, for so many years I wondered who you are
How could a person like you bring me joy?

I have to wonder, is this referencing Hitler? Hitler did have Strength Through Joy, and many people since his death have found inspiration and joy by finding out the truth about the most hated man in official history.

Maybe this is a stretch, but maybe not.

I saw the sign and it opened up my mind
And I am happy now living without jew
I’ve left jew

Okay, I edited the lyrics to let you know how I hear them.

“The Sign” was a single from the album Happy Nation. Many people in America might not realize this, since the album was released as The Sign here, seemingly to capitalize on the hit single’s success. (By the way, the album sold over 23 million copies worldwide, 9 million in the US, and reached the #1 spot in 14 countries.)

“Happy Nation” is also the title of a song on the album and its lyrics are definitely interesting.

Happy nation, living in a happy nation
Where the people understand
And dream of the perfect man
A situation leading to sweet salvation
For the people, for the good
For the mankind brotherhood

I sure wish I was living in a Happy Nation, dreaming of the ubermensch to come. The song makes it clear that “we’re traveling in time,” which means that we very well could be listening to a song about the past.

And over time we’ve learned from the past
That no man’s fit to rule the world alone
A man will die but not his ideas
Happy nation

Hmm, who was the leader of a happy nation? Who died, but had his ideas live on?

In the music video for the song, we do not see Adolf Hitler when the lines about ideas living on are sung, but there is some telling text.

The full title of The Origin of Species is On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. The ideas that live on involved the preservation the favored races!

“Living in Danger,” another song from Happy Nation makes it clear that allowing “strangers” into one’s “happy nation” brings danger.

You’re living your life in peace and in harmony
You making your own decisions
That’s how it’s got to be for you and me
So many people are running around and ’round
Without no sense of logic
I see li-es
In the eyes of a stranger
You’ll be living in danger
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