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Thursday, 15 May 2008
There is such a thing as bad publicity, and it comes in the form of unwelcome endorsements from white power labels and bands.  In the process of updating our database of bands, record labels and distribution companies, Turn It Down keeps seeing bands we KNOW aren't white power -- cited on white power label sites as 'friends,' depicted in photo galleries next to shots of well-known white power bands, or, in one case, as a bootlegged live DVD among a label's catalog of white power music. This tactic is a classic bait-and-switch.  Haterock bands and labels hope that fans -- especially young, newer fans -- will find their sites while searching for info on bands they already know.  Folks like Pure Impact Records (Belgium) then figure that fans will see a declared affiliation with bands like Dropkick Murphys and Agnostic Front and assume it means bands on that label are in the same musical and ideological vein as the bands they know and like.

Needless to say, this brand of lying by makers and sellers of hate music is insulting both to fans and the bands being used to deceive them.  We're doing our best to alert bands when we see their names, likenesses or materials being used to attract fans to white power music.  The bands we know and respect are stepping up to make sure that the music they put their hearts and lives into doesn't get used to spread hate.

If you see examples of this practice, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or let us know via MySpace; we'll get in touch with everyone involved and get it fixed.
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