One of the founder members of 90s pop group ace of Base has been forced to refute allegations he was part of a neo Nazi supporting band in the mid 1980s. Ulf Ekberg, who co-founded Ace of Base admits to being a member of the band Commit Suicide, who featured on the album “Uffe is a Nazi”; the musician states his band only played two of the six songs on the racist album neither of which featured racist lyrics. The 1998 album also features a song with the title White Power, Black Skull Slaughter, which Ekberg claims Commit Suicide featuring fellow members Jens Svensson and Jens Andersson did not record.
Ekberg has admitted he is not proud of the political beliefs he held as a younger man and claimed in a 1997 documentary he now regrets the ideas he held in the 1980s. Ace of Base were one of the most popular pop bands of the 1990s with hits including All That She Wants and The Sign; Ekberg’s right wing political links are said to include membership of the anti immigration Swedish Democrats party, a claim Ekberg denies. Ekberg told E! News he has not been involved in violence or political activism for 25 years.
Ekberg has responded with the following statement:
“Thank you for the opportunity to respond. During the early 1990s I did dozens of interviews, all around the world, about the people I sometimes found myself surrounded by in the 1980s and how profoundly regretful I am now about associating with such individuals. Those interviews covered every aspect of my past as I strove to be an open book to anyone who asked. It has been twenty years now since I chose to come clean about my past, a decision I made on my own at that time and a decision I do not regret. Every angle of my past was covered there in those interviews. I did have a band called Commit Suicide but we did not write or perform the songs in question on this demo, and I have never been a member of the Swedish Democrats, however the teenage mistakes I did make in terms of my chosen ideas at the time were unfortunate and if I were to live through those days again I would have done things very differently! I’m truly deeply sorry for any hurt and disappointment this has caused for our fans and I want to be very clear that Ace of Base never shared any of these opinions and strongly oppose all extremist opinions on both the right and left wing.”
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