Don't turn around, Ace of Base fans. You may be disappointed to learn that Ulf Ekberg, one of the band's founding members, has a disturbing secret:
He was in a Nazi band.
Also, he has ties to a political party that reportedly has extremist tendencies and leans uncomfortably toward the hate-group side of the spectrum.
The revelations, which are admittedly not so much new as little-known, surfaced in a recent article about the "All That She Wants" band's members.
It turns out that Ekberg was at once point in a band called Commit Suicide.
One of their songs contains the lyrics, "Men in white hoods march down the road, we enjoy ourselves when we're sawing off n-----s’ heads / Immigrant, we hate you!"
"Out, out, out, out! Nordic people, wake up now! Shoot, shoot, shoot!"
Ekberg was also a member of Sweden Democrats, a party that, while publicly denouncing the Nazis, has a suspect record when it comes to tolerance.
Noisey notes that Ekberg dismissed that period of his life in a 1997 documentary. "I told everyone I really regret what I did," he said. "I've closed that book."
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."