Donald Trump is “an incredibly dangerous man for the planet”, James frontman Tim Booth has said as the band get ready to release an album partly inspired by the US president.
The singer says he believes today’s political landscape resembles 1930s Europe when Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party was in power.
James, who formed in Manchester and are best known for hits including Sit Down, Laid and She’s A Star in the 1990s, have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and enjoyed popularity in the US.
They are about to release their new record, Living In Extraordinary Times.
One of the tracks, titled Hank, includes the lyrics “white fascists in the White House”.
“There are only two songs directly about Trump’s America. I don’t like political songs, generally,” says Booth. “I don’t listen to them. And I find I’ve probably written about four in my life.
“But when there’s a level of racism and misogyny and just blatant, blatant lying and yet he can hypnotise at least 40%, it feels like we’re in the 1930s in Europe, where anything can happen. There could be a takeover. It feels like he’s that dangerous to democracy.
“I see him as an incredibly dangerous man for the planet. Because America is the most powerful country in the world and to have the head of that country, somebody who is so un-self-aware, narcissistic, unthinking and un-self-conscious in the right meaning of the world.
“He’s not conscious of anything but his own needs, his own emotional wounds. He’s acting purely from his wounds and that’s as dangerous as Kim Jong Un, that’s a potential dictator, that’s someone who will stop at nothing to keep power.”
Booth, who lives in Los Angeles, also accused Prime Minister Theresa May of making a “political move” by welcoming Mr Trump to the UK this month, saying it is proof of Britain’s “subservience to America”.
The singer also had cutting words for former Smiths frontman Morrissey.
The pair were contemporaries in the Manchester music scene of the 1980s, with James forming there in 1982.
Booth criticised the singer, who he calls a former friend, after Morrissey, 59, recently sparked fury when he expressed sympathy for the jailed EDL founder Tommy Robinson.
Booth said: “He did some very kind things for us so therefore it’s hard for me to say he’s a d**k but he’s being a d**k at the moment.”