It’s not particularly surprising to hear that Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister has a large collection of Nazi paraphernalia. Umlaut enthusiasts who write songs named “Killed By Death” and title their albums Bomber and 1916 should be expected to have an interest in the darker aspects of world history. That said, there’s little excuse for wearing a Nazi cap in a photo promoting an upcoming show in a Germany–and thanks to that little whoopsie, the Warted One is now under criminal investigation. Was Lemmy just making a fashion statement or indulging in “anti-constitutional propaganda?” According to the Kilmister, it’s the former, baby! “I mean, the SS uniform is fucking brilliant! They were the rock stars of that time. What you’re gonna do? They just look good.” Hey, a similar sense of futility is what got Germany in trouble the first time, dude.
I don’t only collect Nazi stuff, I collect objects from all the ‘axis countries.’ Also from countries who aren’t even mentioned anymore as former part of the axis. Like Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Hungary. OK, in the end, they all said, ‘We’re no Nazis’ when they saw that the Germans were losing it. But five years before that, they went, ‘Yeah!’”
…I’ll tell you something about history. From the beginning of time, the bad guys always had the best uniforms. Napoleon, the Confederates, the Nazis. They all had killer uniforms. I mean, the SS uniform is fucking brilliant! They were the rock stars of that time. What you’re gonna do? They just look good. Don’t tell me, I’m a Nazi ’cause I have uniforms. In 1967 I had my first black girlfriend and a lot of more ever since then. I just don’t understand racism, I never thought it was an option.
Ah, the old “some of my best lays were black” defense. Haven’t heard that in a while.