Did H&M create fake neo-Nazi metal bands in order to “honor” them and sell clothes?
Metal Injection is investigating the weirdness.
A marketing campaign by some entity calling itself Strong Scene Productions claimed to be designed to sell a new “metal” line by the Swedish retailer.
The campaign purported to be highlighting forgotten underground metal bands of yore. The weird thing? None of them actually appeared to exist before a couple of weeks ago.
“As illustrated by the bomber jacket and t-shirts worn by the models of H & M, the new items feature logos from long-forgotten underground goth- and thrash acts such as the French LANY, Mexican MORTUS, American “cosmic hippie metal” -gurus MYSTIC TRIANGLE and GREY from Germany – the originator of the whole symphonic female metal-genre.
“Here’s the problem, none of these bands have any sort of history beyond pages created this year. For example, Strong Scene claims to be founded in 1999, yet they only recently launched a Facebook page. They have an amazing Geocities-like “official” website listing all their bands, none of which have info on them available anywhere.”
A Reddit member claiming to remember one of the bands from high school had only been a Reddit member for a few hours.
Strong Scene posted a video to YouTube featuring these supposed “legendary” underground groups.
And some guy on Twitter who’s a metal something or other claims these bands are all his favourites, though the tweets have been removed since Metal Injection posted them. See them there.
“But here is the absolute worst part, if this is all a giant marketing stunt. Two of the bands seem to have ties to the NSBM scene (that’s National Socalist Black Metal aka racists/neo-nazis). For example, the bio of the band “The One” lists them as being a part of the official band page of the record label “National Heritage Pride.” The band LA/NY have imagery of Hitler on their band profile.”
The image has since been removed from wherever it came from. But still. What the what?
There’s more. Read it here.
H&M reportedly says they know nothing about any of this, and after the story broke, it seems that Strong Scene distanced themselves from H&M and claimed the whole thing was some kind of joke, and that they are actually “a one- time improvised, collective art project in the vein of Spinal Tap, Monty Python and the Yes Men with no intentions on anything except for art.”
Er, yes. Just like Spinal Tap. But with Hitler. Makes sense. Either that or a super idiotic campaign gone horribly wrong.
Either way, I vote this one a big fail. Your art, I like it not, Strong Scene.
I just thought you might enjoy this bluegrass rendition of Thunderstruck. Fingerpickin’ good.
I’ve been a fan of this guy Dave for a while now, and the level of that fandom just jumped even higher. I love this. If I were 20 years younger and single I’d have a crush.
I have no idea what you’re talking about. So, here’s the Royal Guard at Buckingham Palace playing the Game of Thrones theme. I love it. These guys are cool. Remember the time they played the Imperial March?
I think the Queen is a fan of GoT, since she was recently snapped standing next to the Iron Throne, though not sitting on it. I hope she’s a fan because maybe she can get George R.R. moving on those last two books. I mean, if anyone could she could, right? Maybe?
It’s been a hip week at the palace, as Her Majesty also made news today for photobombing a selfie.
My friends and I got stuck in Vegas overnight. We got sent to a LA Quinta motel, which I think is Spanish for “Air Canada are f*cking cheap bastards.”
This guy got stuck in Vegas overnight and stayed in the airport to make this AMAZING music video to Celine Dion’s “All By Myself,” making good use of the moving sidewalks, escalators and assorted airport whatnot.
He explains (via Gawker)
“I had a person behind a ticket counter give me a roll of luggage tape before she left. I then used a wheel chair that had a tall pole on the back of it and taped my iPhone to that. Then I would put it on the moving walkway for a dolly shot. I also used the extended handle on my computer bag and taped the iPhone to my handle. I would tuck different stuff under the bag to get the right angle. For the escalator shot I had to sprint up the steps after I got my shot so the computer bag didn’t hit the top and fall back down. Quite fun!”
Who wins? This guy. I wish we’d thought of this.
Because you know how when you listen to Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” and you get to the drum fill you always think “Man, I wish this was a half hour long!”
This is actually amazing.
I have mixed feeling about symphonic metal, metal acts playing with orchestras, and string covers of metal tracks (which are usually Metallica tracks). But this? This. THIS.
These guys are Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser of Croatia, known as 2Cellos.
When I was about six years old, my school put on a show. I sang a song with my boyfriend at the time, Matthew Jolly (at least, I think it was with Matthew that I sang. We were a cute couple. We used to play Wonder Woman and Superman. I was Wonder Woman. I sometimes wonder what happened to him, and whether he ever got over me). The song was “A Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe.” We sat in a makeshift canoe made out of a box, and when I sang “Get out and swim!” he jumped out and pretended to swim on the floor.
I also played Goldilocks in a school production of “The Three Bears.” For a costume, my mother cut strips of yellow construction paper, curled them with scissors, and taped them to my head.
I’m telling you this not to show off but to put being six in perspective, so you can appreciate this kid even more. Because holy fark, he’s six! And look what he’s doing!
This was posted on Youtube over a year ago but I just saw it now when someone posted it on Facebook. I can’t remember who already, so, whoever you are, props.
(via Shock Mansion)
I’m not one of those people who hate new country. I like it sometimes. And I don’t think music has to be deep all the farking time.
People love to go on about how lyrics were so great in the good old days and how now it’s all “baby baby baby oooh, yeah,” but have you ever listened to Love Me Do or I Wanna Hold Your Hand? Not exactly Blake, is it? Or how about ALL THE BLUES? Muddy Waters wasn’t much of a lyricist, but we don’t use that to illustrate a lack of worth, do we?
That being said, this supercut video, put together by EW’s country music writer Grady Smith to demonstrate how all the country music of 2013 sounds exactly the same is pretty great. Trucks, girls, girls in tight jeans, and girls being invited to get in trucks. In the moonlight. By the river. Brilliant.
(via Laughing Squid)
It’s Friday. So, let’s watch Benedict Cumberbatch reading R. Kelly lyrics on Jimmy Kimmel.
“Bodies so freaking soft. I can’t wait to turn you on….You got me like, la la la la la, baby. Is how you make me feel, baby. I can feel your body flowers, while I’m kissing on your thighs…”
I just happened to have the “Otters who look like Benedict Cumberbatch” pic lying around, so figured I might as well use it.