The punks have become skinheads and behind the band’s debut album is right-wing extremist Bevara Sverige Svenskt – BSS. Ultima Thule continues to hang in the circles around the growing white power movement and the pressure on the band increases. Who are they and what do they stand for?
At the same time, the economic crisis is hitting full force, refugees from the former Yugoslavia are seeking asylum in Sweden and xenophobia is flourishing. The violent and racist 90s have begun in earnest.
BSS shuts down and the Sweden Democrats are formed from the shards. The drummer and Ultima Thule’s informal leader, Ulf Hansen, will be one of the first members. The party is thanked on the album Svea Hjältar and now the journey begins. Together, the Sweden Democrats and Ultima Thule are heading for the big breakthrough.
This is the second part of three in a series about Ultima Thule.
In part three:
Ultima Thule is hunted in the media with questions about its past. The lyrics are in focus. Are they racist or not? At the same time, the audience is growing and it includes young Jimmie Åkesson, Mattias Karlsson and Linus Bylund. Hear how they are inspired by Ultima Thule.
P1 Documentary about Ultima Thule
For the first time, band members and key people tell the story of the controversial Viking rock band. In three episodes, you hear the story of the punks who became skinheads and were called “the Nazis’ favorite band” and who eventually recorded the Sweden Democrats in the Riksdag.
For three years, the journalist Bo Sjökvist has followed Ultima Thule. He grew up in Nyköping himself and suddenly saw how the guys at the pub became national celebrities in a band that everyone seemed to be arguing about. Together with producer Magnus Arvidson, Bo Sjökvist has made the first documentary about the band, a series in three parts.
The program was made in 2022.
Final mix: Tor Sigvardson.
About the band Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule started as the punk band Rost in the late 70’s. Will later be Ugly Spots and 1982 Ultima Thule.
The band created and are leading figures in the genre “Viking rock” which mixes rock, folk music and lyrics with a nationalist message.
The name Ultima Thule (“outermost Thule”) comes from Greco-Roman mythology. “Thule” has often been interpreted as a word to describe the Scandinavian peninsula.
Ultima Thule’s third album “För fäderneslandet” has sold platinum and more than 100,000 copies in Sweden. The album contains some of their most famous songs, such as “Stolt och stark”, “Fäderneslandet” and “Du gamla du fria”.
The band became big in the 90’s and were for a time signed to Bert Karlsson’s record company Mariann Records. When Ultima Thule states that they had connections to several movements that were then classified as right-wing extremists, BSS and SD, contracts are broken in 1993. Since then, they publish on their own company.
In 2012, the band went out and announced that they would stop playing together after 30 years as active. In 2015, they had a well-known private gig on Jimmy Åkesson’s crayfish record. In 2022, the band will play together again. Ulf Hansen is today an SD politician locally in Nyköping.
Ultima Thule has had connections with right-wing extremist BSS and Nazi white power bands and record companies. They call themselves nationalists and Swedish patriots.
Source: ICELAND NEWS