I'm also wondering on what bands they would class as "neo-Nazi"?
Do they have a list?
I've heard ballads by bands that might be considered "right-wing" about the forced exodus of Germans from Eastern Europe post-World War II, or about
the terrible suffering of young conscripts in the Russian campaign.
But nobody else seems to sing about that, yet those were some of the experiences of my grandparents.
Millions upon millions of ordinary people - very young conscripts and civilians - also died and suffered in World War II.
Must they be negated from history?
I'm also a fan of a German punk band called "Gigi" and some of their songs, although a lot of their songs are about parties, or re-working old folk
songs, and even the political songs are so diffuse in critique that it's hard to say what they really want.
At the end of their greatest hits album they say they actually want dialogue.
Yeah, some of their songs are racist and offensive, but so was Guns 'n' Roses and many other groups.
I never liked songs, or shared songs, that are about hating any group of people.
I have posted historical songs which might be banned in Germany, for example in my thread on songs from World War II, but that context was obviously
for historical interest with a range of international music.
But still, in Germany that might not be allowed?
I watched some German documentaries on kids who got involved in the extreme right scene, and here I did hear some terrible music that was literally
about shoving Jews into the oven.
I'd never condone or listen to something like that (even if it may be satire).
It showed how quickly "normal kids" could turn into violent Nazi thugs, and there was a focus on music as the "gateway" into "harder things".
On the other hand, there were scenes where I felt the parents were over-reacting, and basically kicked their kids out for listening to music in their
bedrooms, and thus possibly drove them to street gangs.
It seems the parents probably came from a left-wing past (with its own history of Baader-Meinhof terror in Germany), and their initial reaction was
probably worse than some Christian preacher finding his child listening to Black Sabbath.
Forbidden fruit tastes sweeter, and nothing makes rebellion more worthwhile than episodes of true oppression.
Sure, for some kids it's a sign of real problems and gang behavior.
But is that a reason to censor music for all?
I mean music and power-points by all kinds of cults and sects can be found, some of whom molested thousands of children, launched terror attacks, or
cleared out people's bank accounts and nest eggs.
Those cult-leaders are still quoted daily on Facebook, for example.
Are they any less harmful?
One cannot treat a symptom, while ignoring the underlying causes of unhappiness in society that drive people to such groups.
Of course that's not to undermine the parents and families who have a real problem with somebody involved in extreme politics, or violent gangs.
I'm sure that must require an intervention.
But can one just blame it on the music?
I'd think not.
I don't live in Germany, but I'd find it strange to live anywhere where I can't turn up my favorite band at the end of a long week, and let go of my
frustrations, whether it's experiences of homophobia, albophobia, or the wrong I see being done to another group of people out there.
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