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Minor Threat

Minor Threat was the definitive Washington, D.C., hardcore punk band, setting the style for the straight-edge punk movement of the early '80s. Led by vocalist Ian MacKaye, the band was staunchly independent and fiercely sober. Through their songs, the group rejected drugs and alcohol, espoused anti-establishment politics, and led a call for self-awareness. Every song was fast, sharp, and lethal, often clocking in at just around a minute. Their speed and fury often hid their fairly catchy melodies, but the band's main function was to vent rage. Over the course of three years, Minor Threat released two EPs, one album, and several singles, all of which were quite popular in the American punk underground. Their records and concerts helped spawn straight-edge, an American punk lifestyle based on the group's intense, clean-living ideology. Following the disbandment of Minor Threat, MacKaye formed Fugazi, who became one of the more popular American indie rock bands of the late '80s and '90s.

The origins of Minor Threat lie in the Teen Idles, Ian MacKaye's first band. MacKaye formed the Teen Idles while he was attending Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., and after he graduated in 1980, he founded the Dischord record label with the intent of putting out his group's records through the label. Shortly after graduation, the Teen Idles had broken up and MacKaye had formed Minor Threat with former Idles drummer Jeff Nelson, former Government Issue bassist Brian Baker, and guitarist Lyle Preslar. By the end of the year, Minor Threat had released the singles "Minor Threat" and "Straight Edge," and had played many concerts along the East Coast. Throughout 1981, they followed this same pattern, playing a lot of concerts and releasing 7" singles. That year, they also released two EPs, Minor Threat and In My Eyes, both of which compiled their singles.

In 1982, bassist Baker had left and was replaced by Steve Hansen; Baker later played with the Meatmen, Junkyard, and Dag Nasty. With Hansen on board, the group recorded their only full-length album, Out of Step. Upon its 1983 release, the album became popular within the underground and Minor Threat were becoming alternative stars, which didn't sit well with MacKaye. By the end of the year, he broke up the band. MacKaye and Nelson continued to run Dischord, which thrived well into the '90s. The pair also played together in another band, Egg Hunt. Following the disbandment of Egg Hunt, Nelson played with a variety of bands -- including Three and Senator Flux -- before devoting his energies to running Dischord. MacKaye played with Embrace, Skewbald, and Pailhead before forming Fugazi, who carried on the aesthetic, if not the sound, of Minor Threat. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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trollingthat m a n 5
this band didn't do drugs, still awesome.



they should teach this in schools
Punk changed my life in 2010 :) and thanks to all you f**kers who listen to real punk f**k green day and all those other poser p**sies
suwx3.su
Punk rock changed my life in 1988
Ian McKaye is totally straight edge. Didn't do drugs at all. Cool dude.
Minor threat was real punk.. Raw... Not like a lot of fake so cal copycats
Lol. .. I love this band but the lead singer wasn't straight edge at all. ...
debradamico
I always wanted to hear it!!
This album I grew up listening too
Tray! Tray! Tray!
Good times.
Damn I remember when I first heard this band, I was going to college in Gainesville and I went to see" the fest" down here in Florida where I saw these guys dillenger and the bled and a couple of other bands that I can't really think of at the moment but you get what I am trying to say it was a ridiculously f**king awesome and bad a** bands
Watch - Another State of Mind - on YouTube. Minor Threat house about 3/4 way into the movie.
f**king best band ever
Damn I remember when I first heard these guys I was in 9th grade and I just finished playing dodge ball with some of my really good straight edge friends which most of them broke edge a little while after that but are still good friends of mine who will be until the day I die and stay dead that is and I can promise you that
Always dug the heavy bass & rhythm cuts throughout the MT songs. That in your face...BANG nanosecond of heavy not Treble rhythms of like an Agent Orange.
EAT CACA
your... nice dig
@jdholt5063 You are not spelling you're correctly.
Your not spelling MacKaye correct!!!
@ethan.summe r s yeah, I felt that way for a minute, then realized that ramones are the only band to stay afloat by writing nothing of any importance at all, I am glad they brought me to punk, but I don't care for them anymore
Damn I remember seeing these guys at the Fest"in gainsville Florida, and I got the s**t kicked out of me Damn I miss those days like crazy but I will be back in the pits as soon as I can walk again
@Zoody hahahahahaha too funny, strangely, ive done the same haha
Zoody, well that's ironic.
I used to like to smoke a fattie , drop some acid and listen to minor threat
Stay true
StraightXEdg e
Never gets old, your not punk if it does_ <3
Nice band mexico is fun
I wish Ian Mc kay would do a reunion tour with Minor Threat.
max.fullpric e
This freaked me out. Copy and paste this on ten comments and you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or get asked out. If you thus break this chain you will see a dead girl In you room tonight. In the next 53 someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
rstatic70
! Some of the best music ever created.
cool, me and my friends are forming are own local scene. In my town there are about 3 or 4 regular. Then there me and my middle school buddies. In my town there is 1 S.H.A.R.P, 2 others, and 56000 scene kids. Were getting a band togerther.
Ramones are as real as it gets
Im in the 7th grade but i grew up listening to punk cuz of my dad
Yay for seventh grade punk
Never to young to listen to punk. Take me for example, I'm in 7th grade, and I love punk! I love the Ramones, minor threat, the Germs, Operation Ivy, Dead Kenndeys ect...
jbeaumont92
Wow I just realized, the album cover of Rancid's And Out Come The Wolves is a tribute to this album
Don't get me wrong, Minor Threat played great music. But it's odd that Pandora want to put Minor Threat on my GG Allin/Dwarve s / A n t i - N o w h e r e League channel.
Follow me for u to learn about real music and u will be a follower of the underground leader
Play if faster
WERE NOT THE FIRST I HOPE WERE NOT THE LAST
WERE JUST A MINOR THREAT
NOFX
YEAH!!!
DONT ASK WHY WE'RE SHOUTING JUST SHOUT!! MINOR THREAT!!
v WHY ARE WE SHOUTING?
MUSIC WAS POLITICAL THEN, NOW DAYS WE HAVE GREEN DAY
IT TAKES ME BACK IN TIME WHEN WE USEDT FIGHT THE COPS AT THE LA STREET SCENE CONCERTS
Out of step........ . . . . . . . . j u s t a minor threat
One of the best albums ever....
79 to 84 - best years for American punk thanks to bands like this.
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