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Ah-ha-ha, what a story, Mark!
Mine did, though! >:)
I don’t think that’s the case. I’m Dane and I’ve followed Iceage since their first EP (sorry, I’m not trying to sound like a douche though it may come out like that) and I experienced that it was only until Iceage had it’s US release that it became subject to these accusations.
The problem is really generalizations and this is difficult to explain without making some myself. I don’t experience any kind of xenophobic tendencies in Europe, but I believe – and this may not be true – that Europeans, or atleast Danes, has less focus upon the subject. That is why Iceage is less aware of what may be interpreted as ‘racism codes’ anywhere else in the world. Iceage’s lyricism is (among other things) about this sort of apocalyptic universe inspired from Nordic mythology, and while in Denmark ‘White Rune’ is something that is associated with some kind of historical heritage, the same exact things may have ‘facism’ written all over it in other more ignorant places of the world (and by “ignorant” I don’t mean to say anything negatively about Americans – they just experience and interpret the same things differently than Europeans… that’s just my point). That is why Iceage got it’s fingers burnt when the record hit American streets.
If we don’t respect metal and rap how will we ever respect people of different colors? I think that’s Tom’s point.
i love indie but i prefer codie