Say what you will of Alex Jones, just don’t condemn his musical taste.
The founder, creator, and outspoken face of the InfoWars network has made quite a name for himself in recent months. For years, relegated to the underground of terrestrial radio, Alex Jones has finally broken soil, embodying the voice of conspiracy theorists worldwide. Of late, Jones’ influence has reached far enough to earn himself mainstream media coverage and praise from the POTUS himself. The Alex Jones Show is the honey pot of the InfoWars network and a four-hour marathon of alt-right propaganda, broadcast live every weekday from 11am-3pm central. It is extremism, xenophobia, menacing, and downright irresistible. It is strangely (and inexplicably) some of the most tantalizing and entertaining banter transmitted through cyber space.
Perhaps part of the allure is Jones’ hyperbolic language, which is undeniably eloquent and quick-witted. This was often demonstrated during the barrage of sexual misconduct allegations which plagued Hollywood during the Fall of 2017. Jones took immense pleasure in condemning the liberal elite class, which he blamed for sexualizing children and organizing pedophile rings for decades. “You can’t swing a stick in L.A. without hitting a pedophile” Jones says.
On a typical day, however, Jones’ primary obsession is with globalism and The New World Order. A term first coined in the early 20th century to mark a new period of history driven by global governance. Jones has established himself as the arch enemy of the globalist class, using harsh descriptors and phrases like, “demonic garbage.” He speaks in deep baritones with the rasp of crushed gravel. Jones repeatedly invokes buzz-words such as “tip of the spear,” “pure evil,” and “globalist scum,” as a means of provocation. His distorted ideology is dangerously convincing and rarely incoherent. A cross between Rush Limbaugh and Robert Tilton, Jones’ on-air personality ranges from animated and vulgar, to soft-spoken and teary-eyed. Some of the most humorous segments involve self-reflection and the metaphysical.
“Ladies and gentleman I do not have words to describe to you, intellectually, what I’m looking at right now, and spiritually, how I’m feeling. I feel really good. But I also know the enemy is rallying against humanity right now and is in the process of preparing a strike back. So watch your six.”
Yet, regardless of what you think about Alex Jones, his politics or motives, you cannot deny him one thing—his musical appetite is impeccable. Every show begins with the opening bars of AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock.” As the lead guitar sounds, an ominous voice appears. The voice says, “We now take you live to the central Texas command center in the heart of the resistance. Rallying patriots worldwide, you’re listening to the Alex Jones show.” which cues the stratospheric scream of AC/DC front-man Brian Johnson. The timing is flawless. The end of the deeply-spoken narrative melts perfectly into the unmistakable sound of 80s metal. Every show begins the same way.
The InfoWars soundtrack plays like a Rock and Roll greatest-hits album. ZZ Top’s “Sharped Dressed Man,” The Doors’ “L.A. Woman,” and “Sweet Dreams” by The Eurythmics are just a few of the songs off the Alex Jones playlist. Oftentimes, the intro and outro numbers are carefully selected for their messaging. Some of the most obvious examples include Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me,” Muse’s “Uprising,” and “Peace Sells” by Megadeth. Jones capitalizes on the unifying power of music to help sell his message to great effect. No matter how you feel about globalism, we can all agree on Jimi Hendrix.
The day after Tom Petty died, Jones’ musical segments were an all-out tribute to the Rock icon. An extended monologue on the Las Vegas shooting (or as Jones called it, a “false flag operation”) was quickly followed by hits like, “You Got Lucky,” “I Won’t Back Down,” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels.” Reconciling Jones’ insane world-view with a perfectly sensible taste in music is difficult, confusing, and (most likely) intentional. By muddying the waters, Jones forces even the most rational and well-informed listener to ask themselves “What if?”
Yet to understand the true nature of Jones’ delusion, one need only listen to what Jones says, rather than how he says it. As with most political fanatics, Jones often uses religion as an ideological crutch. In a segment about Satanist influences in pop-culture, Jones makes reference to Bob Dylan.
“It’s devil worship. And people can’t ignore this stuff at their own peril. But you serve God or you serve the devil. Remember Bob Dylan? There’s video of this—he wasn’t joking. In two different interviews he said ‘you know I sold my soul to the devil.’ And he said ‘ya know, you gotta serve somebody.”
Not only is this a gross misquote of the Dylan transcript, it’s taken largely out of context. Herein lies the real danger of Jones’ rhetoric—it habitually blurs the lines between truth and misinterpretation. For this reason, even the most level-headed listener must approach The Alex Jones Show with extreme caution and a sensitive filter for mistruth. And while the wisest course of action is to steer-clear entirely, an alternative compromise is to come for the entertainment, but only stay for the music.