At the risk of inflating their streaming numbers, Failed State Jukebox brings you some of the most audacious (and absurd) examples of far-right, populist, and dystopian pop music.
Before he died at the age of 84 in 2019, Anthony J. Hilder had pretty much done everything: He was a prolific producer of Surf music records in the early 1960s, had acting roles in television and film, and hosted radio shows in Los Angeles and Alaska.
In sharp contrast to the prevailing mood of the sixties, Hilder was also unapologetically right-wing.
Mark Jacobson spoke to Hilder for his book Pale Horse Rider:
He was in the Stars for Barry, a group of Hollywood actors supporting Senator Barry Goldwater’s 1964 campaign. “That’s when I met Hitlery,” Hilder said brightly, referring to Hillary Clinton, the former “Goldwater Girl.”
I asked how far to the right Hilder was at the time. Was he into the Young Americans for Freedom?
Hilder rolled his eyes at this unthinkable characterization. “Further to the right,” he said.
“Far, very far,” Hilder said, recalling how, when Bob Dylan put out a tune called “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues,” he convinced one of his surf party bands to record an answer song, “John Birch, American.”
In the following years, through the political maelstrom of the 1960s and early seventies, Hilder was known as a right-wing “dirty tricks” operative. Saying he was “a professional-level hypnotist,” Hilder was accused of placing convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan in a trance as part of a CIA mind control program. Hilder still vehemently denies the charges. “I even wrote a book to dispute it,” he said, referring to The Man, The Myth, and The Murder, in which he claimed that RFK was really killed by members of Helena Blavatsky’s Theosophy movement.
Despite an early affinity for Myron Fagan, author of books with titles like How Greatest White Nations Were Mongrelized, then Negroized!, Hilder fell in with the hip-hop community in the 1990s. This was when he learned that his friend and colleague, professional conspiracy theorist Bill Cooper, had a significant following in the black community.
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Upon learning this, Hilder was struck by a realization: Rap music was the key to reaching the youth.
Hilder and someone named Evan Sweetwater produced a few tracks. One was called "Ordo Ab Chao," which is Latin for 'order from chaos.' This is apparently the way that the New World Order plans to take control of the United States: By creating chaos, things will get so bad that people will practically beg for a police state.
The track begins with some sound effects and scary voices, then launches into a homophobic slur, shoehorned in for no discernible reason ("Janet Reno, dyke / reading the words of General Albert Pike"). Among the evils Hilder mentions are income taxes and socialized medicine, which hardly seem worth fixating on with the jack-booted thugs of the New World Order beating down your door.
You can hear it in its entirety below:
Bonus beats: "Ordo Ab Chao" by (hed) PE: