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It is a sub-genre of punk that contrasts sharply with the anti-authoritarian, anti-racist, left-wing ideas prevalent in much of the punk subculture. Nazi punks are different from early punks such as Sid Vicious and Siouxsie Sioux, who are believed to have incorporated Nazi imagery such as Swastikas for shock or comedy value.
In 1978 in Britain, the white nationalistNational Front had a punk-oriented youth organization called the Punk Front. Although the Punk Front only lasted one year, it recruited several English punks, as well as forming a number of white power punk bands such as The Dentists, The Ventz, Tragic Minds and White Boss. In the early 1980s, the white power skinhead band Brutal Attack temporarily transformed into a Nazi punk band. They said they did that in the hopes of getting public concerts booked easier, but this tactic did not work, and they soon returned to being a racist skinhead band.
The Nazi punk subculture appeared in the United States by the early 1980s, during, although not as a direct result of, the rise of the hardcore punk scene.