Perhaps Bryan Ferry should be grateful for his low profile here in the states. The former Roxy Music singer–already in semi-hot water for releasing one of the worst album covers of the year–is all over the European press today, thanks to remarks he made during an interview last month:
The 61-year-old singer sparked condemnation from Jewish leaders after he was quoted in a German newspaper describing the aesthetic behind Nazi Germany as “just amazing”.
In an interview with Welt am Sonntag, Ferry also revealed that he calls his studio in west London his “Fuhrerbunker”.
He said: “My God, the Nazis knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves. I’m talking about Leni Riefenstahl’s movies and Albert Speer’s buildings and the mass parades and the flags – just amazing. Really beautiful.”
Ferry apologized for the remarks, an act that seems to have calmed down his critics (and inspired such wondrously awful headlines like the one pictured above). And while we’re going to give him the benefit of the doubt and believe that his statements were coming from an art-history perspective, we can’t help but ask: “Fuhrerbunker”? Really? None of us his friends ever took him aside and gently told him that a studio shouldn’t be named like one of the bonus targets in Wolfenstein 3-D?