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Depeche Mode responds to Richard Spencer’s alt-right accusations

The iconic British band is gearing up for a new tour.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Feb 23, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 10:50 pm CDT

On Thursday, alt-right punching bag Richard Spencer was reportedly escorted out of CPAC, but not before he offered up some of his views on music. Speaking with New York Magazine correspondent, Spencer claimed “Depeche Mode is the official band of the alt-right.”

Depeche Mode, the British group behind hits like “Personal Jesus,” “Everything Counts,” and “People Are People” is gearing up for a tour and likely didn’t think it’d have to respond to something like this. But Esquire reached out for comment, and the band’s representative said it’s “pretty ridiculous”:

“Depeche Mode has no ties to Richard Spencer or the alt-right and does not support the alt-right movement.”

Spencer later said he’s “obviously joking,” a familiar refrain for guys who fancy themselves comedians these days. However, “Personal Jesus” does have the the perfect punchable rhythm for Super Deluxe’s Punch a Nazi!! game, and someone has already added “Just Can’t Get Enough” to the video of Spencer getting punched in the face.

H/T Esquire

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*First Published: Feb 23, 2017, 4:58 pm CST