During a conversation with That Jamieson Show, Scorpion’s lead vocalist Klaus Maine answered some questions considering the conspiracy theory related to one of the Scorpions‘ most famous songs, which was written by Maine himself.
As you probably know, ‘Wind of Change,’ a power ballad composed and written by Scorpions frontman Klaus Maine was released in November 1990, just before the end of the Cold War. The song was known for its powerful lyrics and peaceful tone encouraging worldwide peace. This unforgettable song soon became the soundtrack of a peaceful revolution throughout Europe.
The song which Maine often referred to as ‘a song of hope‘ during live performances, was credited as the song that encouraged the conclusion of the Cold War and some went as far as to support that it was written by the CIA for this specific purpose. Maine had actually talked about this issue earlier this year and had revealed how it all went down.
A New Yorker writer named Patrick Radden Keefe had contacted Maine at the beginning of 2020 to ask him some questions considering ‘Wind of Change’ which Maine later found out was for his podcast show in which he claimed that the song was actually written by the CIA. Keefe started his podcast in May 2020 and it is safe to say that he had a lot of supporters.
In his ‘eight-part investigation’ Keefe talked about the ‘proof’ he has collected from numerous people from Moscow to Kyiv, which proved that the conspiracy was indeed true. In his recent interview, Maine cleared the air about this irrational claim and said that he feels ashamed to talk about ‘Wind of Change’ because it feels like it’s a part of a marketing plan.
However, he added that it is absolutely not true and that he’s surprised credible sources such as The New York Times and Rolling Stone have chimed in and made this conspiracy theory even more famous. Maine stated that the aim of their ballad is to show the power of music and how it can change the world but not ‘a tool to help to bring down communism.’
Here’s what Klaus Maine said about the conspiracy theory behind ‘The Wind of Change:’
“I would be ashamed if I would bring up a story like this. Everybody would say, ‘Klaus, no. No way.’ Like, a marketing plan, 30 years of ‘Wind of Change.’ It’s, like, you never would go that far, because I don’t know anybody who believes that kind of story.
I think the success of the ‘Wind of Change’ podcast is because people get into this, they‘re drawn into this kind of scenario. It’s, like, ‘Hmm, it could be true. It could be true. Or maybe not. Maybe yes.’
And I think this is what this whole story is about the CIA and the Scorpions. And everybody picks it up around the world, and I go, ‘God. The New York Times? Jeez. Rolling Stone? Again? Oh, come on.'”
He went on to say:
“On the other side, of course, it’s not true at all. It shows how powerful music can be. If they think this song was like a tool to help to bring down communism – I mean, Jeez. [Laughs] It just underlines, in a heavy way, if that would be possible, the power of music.
We live in times where conspiracy theories are all over the place, in many directions. And a lot of people start to believe what they see, what they hear, or what they think is the truth and what is for real, and in many cases, it’s not.
It’s also a lot of people, they don’t wanna go with the mainstream. It’s, like, ‘You know what? I know the USA was never on the moon. It was all fake.’ There are many people who believe that theory… It’s the kind of people, they wanna give you the feeling, ‘You believe that? I know better.'”
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