Waiting for the Worms, or How Pink Floyd Created a Generation of Skinheads

It goes without saying that Leftists are incorrigible stage one thinkers who have no ability to see the ramifications of their actions even one step in advance let alone a generation ahead.  This is seen repeatedly in their attempts to make war movies–I believe it was Pauline Kael who said something like “all war movies are PRO war movies”*, in recognition that there is no way to present war without also presenting the ROMANCE of war to young men. In the same manner Popular Culture presentations of Nazis by DEFAULT romanticize them to a generation removed from the VISCERAL reaction experienced by the first generations to experience the horrors of WW2 and their children.

I was 9 years old when Pink Floyd’s “The Wall’ was released.  It was one of the first albums I got that wasn’t my parents music, like Blondie’s Parallel Lines–it was JUST for me.  I listened to it over and over as loud as I could, while scouring the images in the gatefold sleeve of the double album for meaning.  The sound of marching wed to the image of the red and black hammers gave me chills.  Fast forward to the age of 12, the movie came out–and what did I see?

Now, to this day I admit I have NO IDEA what liberal point they were trying to make with all of this Nazi imagery–but I know one thing: Hammers +  Skinheads + Red and Black + This Music= what could only have been termed ‘gina tingles in a 12-year-old girl.  I cannot be the only girl of my generation who felt this way and the EXISTENCE of “Hammerskins” by the time I was 17 PROVED I sure wasn’t the only KID who felt that way–those skinheads were MY age.

My best guess is that Pink Floyd meant the Nazi imagery either ironically, as a criticism of conformity, or politically, as a criticism of non leftists–but I didn’t know this or care, I was TWELVE.   By the time I was 17 I was running around with skinheads who looked JUST LIKE “The Worms” and listening to:

with a straight face. 

Liberal art backfires like this all of the time–how many White Nationalists have been created by this:

Does ONE person think a 12 year old Blue Collar white boy NOW and in the FUTURE–NOT ones who’s image of “racism” was formed in the 60s-80s–will see the character in this scene as ANYTHING other than an object of worship?

* I swear this quote exists and Pauline Kael said it but for the life of me I can’t find it–if anyone knows what I’m talking about please correct me!

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19 Responses to Waiting for the Worms, or How Pink Floyd Created a Generation of Skinheads

  1. David Foster says:

    It’s indeed easy to glamorize evil…C S Lewis noted this in Goethe’s portrayal of the “humorous, civilised, sensible, adaptable Mephistopheles”, which image he believed “helped to strengthen the illusion that evil is liberating.”

    Can you think of some cinematic portraits of totalitarianism (especially of the Nazi variety) which do *not* feed the glamorization of evil?

  2. Justin says:

    My first thought after consuming your post is, who the F would be stupid enough to cooperate in their own curbing? Seriously bad propaganda, not even a little believable.

    In all of my teenaged watching of the Wall, I always interpreted of those nazi scenes as some kind of fantasies from Pink’s drug addled, fatherless, misogynistic, over-the-edge-of-psychotic mind. Resents the state for sacrificing daddy, resents women because of mommy and wife, placed at the center of a cult of personality as a rock star, feeling stuck in the machine-like exploitation world of the music industry. Good lord, I don’t even remember, does the movie have a happy ending?

    Certainly a movie like that is not made today. Our leftist elite masters have perfected their propaganda. As you mentioned, holding up an ideal to be rejected is still holding up an ideal, and some may not reject it. In today’s sophisticated propaganda environment, the enemy is mainly ignored, so the ideal never even enters people’s minds. If it appears at all, it will be presented in a mocking context as the weak loser to be laughed at and destroyed. White racialist expressions are never ever shown as a powerful enemy any more. I call the phenomenon “No Dreams for White People”.

  3. dana says:

    I think the key is the Left assumes you will identify with the PERSECUTED and not the oppressors. they forget that young people feel invincible and will INEVITABLY identify with the more powerful, invincible seeming party.

    its like when i was young and loved movies about serial killers and horror movies, until silence of the lambs–for some reason i suddenly identified with the girl in the cistern in the basement and not with hannibal lector–i never enjoyed serial killers again

  4. dana says:


    i think the 80s version of 1984 not only does nothing to glamorize totalitarianism, but makes it look SO bad that it is now no longer available in the US

  5. David Foster says:

    “young people feel invincible and will INEVITABLY identify with the more powerful, invincible seeming party”…an excellent point, perhaps can be dealt with artistically by astute character portrayal. I’m thinking in particular of two excellent German movies, both abou t the anti-Nazi heroine Sophie Scholl and her group–I think it would be difficult for even the most invincible-feeling young person to avoid identifying with Sophie and identify instead with her persecutors, such as the janitor who turned her in (in the older movie) or the investigator and the prosecutor (in the second).

    Of course, in movies about this era the viewer *knows* that the persecutors were *really* not invincible, however much they seemed so at the time.

  6. B Lode says:

    Oh, that’s not even close to the best Laibach video.

    The Grand Council of the Uberkommando mews …
    … orders you to watch:

  7. David Foster says:

    BTW, the war movies quote is from Truffaut.

  8. PA says:

    Heh, by funny coincidence you reminded me of the first time I heard a Pink Floyd song. It was 1981, and I was outside of a refugee camp in Austria, where my family was spending a few months, en route to somewhere else.

    My old man and I went into a small restaurant, full of mostly refugee East Germans and Czechs. A fellow Pole chats up my old man, and the three of us sit down at a table. The men drink beer, I had orange juice. A very drunk and belligerent-sounding East German plays “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II” on the jukebox.

    I didn’t speak English at the time, but found the song very catchy. One thing that puzzled me at the time was why the singer keeps shouting “Heil Hitler!” A few year later, when I already spoke English, I realized he was shouting “Hey, teacher! (leave those kids alone).”

    On the Nazi theme… during the late 1990s my (American) girlfriend and I threw a party, and had some Germans of her acquaintance over. Later on, wiht all of us shitfaced, I was babbling drunky wiht one of the Germans — a very cool guy and also very drunk — about “history.” Feeling impish, I asked him if he could do a nazi salute. “Come on,” I said, “I wanna see a real German do it. So he did, all giddy and drunk. First, he did it kind of half-ass, timidly, giggling like a kid who is allowed to have the cookie. A few tries later, he stood tall, clicked his heels as the threw out a smart salute, shouting “Sieg Heil!” Surreal, man.

    He he he, good times.

  9. dana says:

    1. oo ty david

    2. b lode– i didn’t say it was the best laibach video–i said it was my favorite song when i was 17

    3. heh pa, good story

    • B Lode says:

      Oh, I wasn’t correcting you … I just think everyone should watch kittens in East German uniforms stomping (not skanking! stomping!) to the beat.

  10. B Lode says:

    The Wall is such a strange movie. I watched the hole thing thinking it was going to be a clever deconstruction of misogyny and I didn’t even notice the misogyny! I must have been getting up for snacks or something, because I didn’t see Pink as a particularly misogynistic character … he just seemed like the same actor in a bunch of unconnected rock videos.

    Also, in my version of the movie at least, the song “Hey You” did not make an appearance. I waited for that the whole time, edge of my seat….

  11. sharpcool says:

    My older sister loved Edward Norton in American History X, she thought he was “so hot”. Shocking huh. Add that anecdote to the “women love bad boys” evidence pile. And it’s not like she was a teenager either, she was about 31 and married at the time. haha.

    Also, the guitar solo in Time is the best of all time, better than Comfortably Numb in my opinion.

    • dana says:

      Thing is though, sharp–there REALLY IS nothing “bad” about him. he is strong, protective, vigilant, wants to preserve his family and genetic legacy. hes a natural born leader. in any other time he would simply be considered a MAN

      • sharpcool says:

        It’s been awhile, but I remember watching it and agreeing with many of the things Edward Norton character was saying. It was implied that if you’re concerned about things like affirmative action, immigration, black crime, and white people, that means you’re a horrible neo-nazi racist monster.

        I didn’t fall for it. I didn’t like the neo-nazi attitude and tattoo, that stuff is a waste of time. You say that the movie may have created some young WNs, but I also think a lot of young gullible white boys and men fell for the stupid message, that if you have mild racial views or are pro-white in any way, you’re a terrible neo-nazi racist. There’s no in-between. That’s the message we’ve been sending white people for decades now. While all other races are encouraged to have “pride” and celebrate their heritage.

  12. Djp says:

    Something else regarding liberal stuff backfiring…

    I was forced to undergo the gulag of university freshman required courses that were little more than anti-white racism. The extreme bias, double-standard, and stupidity really woke me up.

    I was raised to believe in equal opportunity and color-blindness; turns out I was a fool as nobody else was playing that game.

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  14. Xamuel says:

    I find it a little tragic that “The Wall” is what defines Pink Floyd for so many people. It’s totally unrepresentative of most of their work.

    And yeah, the aesops in American History X were very anvilicious. It’s sort of like Fight Club: technically, Tyler Durden was the bad guy in the end, but one walks away with a sense that that was only the case because otherwise the powers which be would never allow the movie to be made.

  15. Crystal says:

    I have a feeling the movie was NOT meant for 12 year olds. Then again I saw it when I was 14 I was able to understand the satire going on. So perhaps it just wasn’t meant for those who lack an ounce of analytical abilities. In that case perhaps “leftists” should make sure to dumb down everything and present it on a straight forward patter so there is no mixed messages. Would that make you happier?

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