Richard Spencer claims Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right. Depeche Mode does not agree.
On Thursday at the CPAC, alt-right member Richard Spencer claimed that "Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right." That's according to Olivia Nuzzi, a journalist for New York Magazine, who tweeted about the exchange.
Richard Spencer, asked if he likes rock music, says "Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right."— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) February 23, 2017
Depeche Mode? The alt-right? If it sounds weird that Depeche Mode would have anything to do with the alt-right, that's because it's not true. A rep for the new wave band's label told Gothamist, "That is a pretty ridiculous claim. Depeche Mode has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt right and does not support the alt right movement."
In February, Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler in an interview, saying,
The things that he’s saying sound very similar to what someone was saying in 1935. That didn’t work out very well! The things that he’s saying are cruel and heartless and promoting fear.
Richard Spencer later clarified he was kidding about Depeche Mode being the official band of the alt-right, he just happens to like them a lot.
@JefferyXMartin— Richard 🐸 Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) February 23, 2017
I was joking obviously. I'm a lifelong Depeche Mode fan.
Depeche Mode is probably about as psyched that Richard Spencer is into them as Rage Against the Machine was to find out Paul Ryan was a superfan.
And for your viewing pleasure, here's the video of Richard Spencer getting punched in the face, set to Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough."