Depeche Mode To Alt-Right: We Aren’t Your Official Band

On Thursday, white nationalist Richard Spencer was asked at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) if he liked rock music, and responded by declaring that Depeche Mode is the “official band of the alt-right.” But the feeling is definitely not mutual. In a statement, a rep for the band stated that Depeche Mode “has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt right and does not support the alt right movement.” Depeche Mode’s popularity with Spencer and the white nationalist movement (documented since 2016) is at odds with the band’s history. Lead songwriter Martin Gore is himself of mixed race heritage, and one of the band’s signature hits is the anti-racism anthem “People are People.” More recently, lead singer Dave Gahan harshly criticized President Trump and compared him to Hitler.

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