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Prussian Blue was a white nationalist pop teen duo formed in early 2003 by Lynx Vaughan Gaede[1] and Lamb Lennon Gaede,[2] fraternal twin girls born on June 30, 1992 in Bakersfield, California.[3] The duo has been described as racist and white supremacist in nature,[4][5] and referred to the Holocaust as a myth.[6]

History

Lynx and Lamb Gaede first performed together by singing at a white nationalist festival called "Eurofest" in 2001.[7] They began learning how to play instruments in 2002 (Lamb plays the guitar and Lynx plays the violin). In the same year they appeared on a VH1 special called Inside Hate Rock. In 2003, they were featured in a Louis Theroux BBC documentary, entitled Louis and the Nazis, on racism and white supremacy in the United States. Lamb, Lynx, and their mother April also appeared in the low-budget 2003 horror film called Dark Walker.[8]

They recorded and released a debut CD at the end of 2004 called Fragment of the Future (Resistance Records) which had both an acoustic folk-rock and a bubblegum pop sound. A year later, they recorded their second album, The Path We Chose, which has a more traditional rock sound including both acoustic and electric guitar. Most of the songs on the second album lack the racial and nationalist overtones of Fragment of the Future and are about more mainstream subject matter, like boys, crushes, and dating. On October 20, 2005, Prussian Blue was featured in a critical segment on ABC's Primetime.[4] A DVD, Blonde Hair Blue Eyes, featuring three music videos and some live performances, was released in 2005. The duo toured the United States in 2005. On August 22, 2006, they were again featured in a critical segment on ABC's Primetime.

The duo moved with mother April Gaede, stepfather Mark Harrington, and younger half-sister Dresden, from Bakersfield, California to Kalispell, Montana in 2006; in their mother's words, Bakersfield was "not white enough." Some of their new neighbors did not welcome them; many city residents passed out flyers warning of the duo's views, and signs proclaiming "No Hate Here" appeared on a few windows around the town. Some of the people who passed out flyers received threatening letters from members of out-of-state white supremacist organizations.[9] The Montana Human Rights Network planned a rally in Kalispell to protest the family's white nationalist views.[9][10]

The duo toured Europe in the summer of 2007, performing at events for white nationalist organizations. They also appeared as guests on The Political Cesspool. As of early 2009, the band's Web site and MySpace page are no longer operational.

Ideology

The group had strong ties to the National Vanguard organization, a white nationalist group formed by disaffected former members of the National Alliance. Their ideology has been described as racist and white supremacist in nature by many organizations.[4][5][11] The Daily Telegraph reports that, on stage, the twins execute Nazi salutes.[5]

According to ABC News, the girls were homeschooled by their mother, April Gaede, an activist and writer for the white nationalist organization National Vanguard.[4] The twins' maternal grandfather, who lives in Squaw Valley, California,Template:Disambiguation needed wears a swastika belt buckle, uses the Nazi symbol on his truck, and registered it as a cattle brand.[4] During their ABC interview, the twins said they believe Adolf Hitler was a great man with good ideas and they described the Holocaust as being exaggerated. They have also been criticized for stipulating that goods they donated to Hurricane Katrina victims should go only to white people; "After a day of trying, the supplies ended up with few takers, dumped at a local shop that sells Confederate memorabilia."[3][5]

Name

The band was named after the color Prussian blue. In an interview with Vice Magazine, the twins stated, "Part of our heritage is Prussian German. Also our eyes are blue, and Prussian Blue is just a really pretty color." They also mentioned that, "There is also the discussion of the lack of 'Prussian Blue' coloring (Zyklon B residue) in the so-called gas chambers in the concentration camps. We think it might make people question some of the inaccuracies of the 'Holocaust' myth."[6] This is a reference to the claims[12][13][14] often made by many Holocaust deniers that the Holocaust either could not have happened as commonly believed, or that the number of victims could have been far lower.

Lyrics and influences

Most of the songs on Prussian Blue's first album are covers of white nationalist songs. The majority of those were written by David Lane, Ian Stuart Donaldson, and Ken McLellan. Two of Prussian Blue's songs on their first album are dedicated to famous Nazis and neo-Nazi activists, including Rudolf Hess and Robert Jay Mathews. One of those songs, which was written by Lamb, is "Sacrifice".[4]

Another song, "Gone With the Breeze," is dedicated to Robert Mathews. The cover songs on their album invoke ideas like Valhalla and Vinland, taken from Norse mythology and sagas. Several songs, including "Victory Day," refer to a race war which they believe to be coming soon.

Prussian Blue also released a cover of a song called "Ocean of Warriors" in mp3 format, dedicated to white participants in the 2005 Sydney, Australia race rioting.[15]

In 2006, a compilation album was released through the extreme right-wing National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) titled For The Fatherland.[16]

References in the media

Prussian Blue was parodied in Ryan J. Davis and Joe Drymala's musical, White Noise.[17] The show received rave reviews and was featured on Good Morning America[18] and ABC Primetime Live.[19] The show has been optioned for a major New York run.[20]

Prussian Blue has appeared in two British television documentaries. The first, 2003's Louis and the Nazis by documentary maker Louis Theroux, was an account of white nationalists, including Prussian Blue.[21][22] The second, Nazi Pop Twins, by James Quinn, was first aired in 2007. This documentary stressed the tension that existed between the twins and their mother, April. In this documentary, Lynx and Lamb disavowed their mother's race-related views and said that they wanted to perform music that was not focused on race. Lynx told Quinn that they wore the infamous t-shirts a smiley face that resembled Adolf Hitler because she believed they "were a joke" and said that "being proud of being white" did not mean she was a racist.[23] Louis Theroux would later revisit the duo and their mother to collect material for his book, Call of the Weird.

The duo were parodied in a Boston Legal episode entitled "The Nutcrackers," in which Alan Shore successfully defended a family from losing custody of their two daughters, a pair of white supremacist singers.[24]

The duo were also featured in a 2006 issue of Bernard Goldberg's book 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America.

The two were noted in Jackie Mason and Raoul Felder's book "Schmucks!".

Discography

Albums

Singles

  • "Your Daddy"
  • "Keepers of the Light" (Battlecry featuring Prussian Blue)
  • "Stand Up"
  • "I Will Bleed For You"

See also

References

  1. Lynx at NNDB.com
  2. Lamb at NNDB.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Young Singers Spread Racist Hate". ABC News. October 20, 2005. Archived from the original on 05-11-2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5u0A26xl7.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Young Singers Spread Racist Hate, abcnews.go.com, Oct. 20, 2005
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Elsworth, Catherine (2005-10-25). "Twin pop stars with angelic looks are new face of racism". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1501463/Twin-pop-stars-with-angelic-looks-are-new-face-of-racism.html. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Viceland - HELLO, WHITE PEOPLE! - Prussian Blue Look to the Future
  7. Prussian Blue - Content
  8. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373782/fullcredits IMDb.com
  9. 9.0 9.1 Bill Redeker (2006-09-15). "Town Tells White Separatist Singers 'No Hate Here". ABCnews.com. http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=2449483&page=1. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
  10. Karina Shagren (2006-11-17). "Montana dealing with new influx of white supremacists". KXLY4. http://www.kxly.com/index.php?story_id=6348&view=text. Retrieved 2007-11-12.[dead link]
  11. Yale Daily News - The bittersweet melody of racist tunes
  12. The Non-Existent “Auschwitz Gas Chambers” of Deborah Lipstadt, Part I
  13. Germar Rudolf: The Rudolf Report
  14. The Chemistry of Auschwitz
  15. http://prussianbluefan.blogspot.com/2005_12_01_prussianbluefan_archive.html Prussianblue.fan.blogspot.com
  16. http://www.20min.ch/news/kreuz_und_quer/story/12368879 From the free daily newspaper 20 Minuten: Nazi-Twins-Album: NPD vertreibt «For the Fatherland» = Nazi-Twins-Album: NPD distributes «For the Fatherland»
  17. White Noise On Playbill.com
  18. White Noise On Good Morning America(Video)
  19. White Noise On ABC Primetime Live (Video)
  20. White Noise Ends Run Sept. 30; Off-Broadway Transfer? (BroadwayWorld.com)
  21. "Those ugly Americans". New Zealand Listener. http://www.listener.co.nz/issue/3386/tvradio/3708/those_ugly_americans.html. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  22. "Reich and wrong". Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2003/dec/22/broadcasting.tvandradio. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  23. "Nazi Pop Twins". IMG Media. July 2007. http://www.archive.org/details/MichielSmit.comPrussionBlueMichielSmit.com. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
  24. http://www.tv.com/boston-legal/the-nutcrackers/episode/926122/summary.html

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