Despite glowing press and a solid following, Atlantic Records gave Extra Fancy (led by openly gay, HIV-positive Brian Grillo) the heave-ho.
Atlantic's decision comes just eight weeks after releasing the band's new album "Sinnerman" and on the heels of the formation of the record company's heavily promoted gay marketing division.
Jim Farber, rock critic for the New York Daily News, reported that a source close to the group said, "A lot of gay people feel duped by this. You can't court gay people with marketing, then stab those people in the back. Brian was a role model, the kind of person who could change people's minds."
Atlantic Records has refused to comment on the move.