Bands sign up for free Love Music Hate Racism CD
The 15-track disc, to be given away free with NME on October 10, came about after we reported earlier this year that fascist organisations were giving away albums by white power bands outside schools and universities in Britain.
LMHR decided to hit back with a CD of bands prepared to stand up against the racist message and joined forces with NME to get it distributed throughout Britain.
One of the bands contributing a track to the album is Bloc Party, and frontman Kele Okereke told NME there was no question that his band would get involved.
“The thing is, I heard about what the BNP were proposing to do and it sent a real shiver down my spine,” he said. “They’re an evil organisation and the thought of them handing out stuff to young impressionable minds is incredibly frightening. Anything we can do as a band to raise awareness we will do.”
Okereke added that doing a CD was a good way to undermine the BNP’s efforts to spread their hateful message.
“Our generation has become really savvy and au fait with traditional marketing techniques. So these kinds of organisations have to find ways of reaching people – it’s a form of marketing, they’re trying to sell an idea to people,” he explained. “We’ve got more sophisticated as people, they have to find more sophisticated ways of peddling their hate.”
“Musicians -from Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie to The Clash and Steel Pulse to Rage Against The Machine and Public Enemy – have a fine tradition of solidarity, of undermining and openly opposing racism and fascism,” explained LMHR organiser Lee Billingham, “and this CD and group of musicians will build on that and continue that fine tradition in 2007 when we really need it.”