Siouxsie & the Banshees:
Two Pop Songs for the Alt Right
June 10, 2016
As universal as pop music tries to be, there are some songs which cut into profit margins by drawing distinct lines between large groups of people and cast aspersions or judgment across those lines. And depending on how sanctified or protected the victim group is — or how known or unknown the singer/songwriter is — the song might actually become popular. For example, Mick Jagger made a career out of doing this to women, and Bruce Springsteen to the wealthy. But very rarely does pop music draw lines along racial barriers. This is perhaps why folks on the Alt-Right hardly ever call upon popular music as a means to bind them.
“Black Messiah” by the Kinks is one song that bucks this trend.
So do a pair of early songs by punk/new wave group Siouxsie and the Banshees. One is “Hong Kong Garden” (released as a non-album single in 1978) and the other is “Arabian Knights” (released on their Juju LP in 1981).