Dabbling in right wing politics - David Bowie, Brian Ferry and Eric Clapton
One of the ten rock'n'roll commandments appears to be Thou Must Have Leftist Political Leanings so, when musicians make blatant right wing statements, you can expect their career to suffer at the hands of alienated fans. David Bowie was one of the first rock and roll stars to fall into this trap when, in the early 1970s he suggested Britain could benefit from a fascist government and that, in his opinion, Adolf Hitler was 'the first superstar'. Eric Clapton soon followed suit when in 1976 he voiced his support for Enoch Powell and suggested the government 'Throw the wogs out [and] keep Britain white' - a phrase often used by the National Front. In 2004 he reinforced his support for Enoch Powell and continues to deny Powell's views were racist. Finally, Roxy Music's Brian Ferry failed to learn the lessons of his musical forebears when, in 2007, he claimed Nazi films and architecture were 'amazing'.