May 23 [10:00 EDT] -- Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Mills admits that he wasn't being "sensitive to other people's pain" when he told an interviewer that he wanted to adorn the band's stage show with swastikas, the symbol adopted by Adolf Hitler's Nazi movement.
Last weekend, Mills spoke with MTV News before the band's concert with Aerosmith in Nuremberg, Germany. That location is rather ironic, since Mills recently told the British music magazine "New Musical Express" that he'd, "love to have big flaming swastikas onstage." In the NME interview, Mills also said that Hitler's Nazi followers probably got support because of their uniforms.
The comments, of course, caused an uproar, and Mills soon apologized saying, "My dear grandmother was Jewish, and I am thus Jewish by blood."
When the singer talked to MTV News, he said his statements were prompted by a trip to India, where he first learned that the swastika is an ancient symbol of peace, which had been "stolen,"
as he put it, by the Nazis. Mills then discussed the lessons he'd learned from his media misadventure.
"You gotta be sensitive to other people's pain, and that's what I didn't quite understand and I apologize to those people," Mills told MTV News. "The thing is sometimes it's very difficult to speak the truth, because the truth is often... What did Oscar Wilde say, the truth is often strange and rarely simple. [1.2MB QuickTime] So yeah, the swastika is a strange and complicated story."
Mills reportedly sings guest vocals on a track that may end up on the new Prodigy album "Fat Of The Land." The song will emerge when the Prodigy album arrives in July, which is when Kula Shaker will help launch the H.O.R.D.E. tour.