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The Teen Idles

Despite only being extant for roughly 14 months, the Teen Idles were a crucial band in Washington, D.C., punk rock history. The quartet, which featured Dischord Records founders Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson, released that label's first record and established many of the physical and philosophical beachheads (including those of the greatly misunderstood straight-edge movement) that set the stage for one of American hardcore's greatest bands, Minor Threat. Formed in the summer of 1979 out of the ashes of high school band the Slinkees, the Teen Idles consisted of singer Nathan Strejcek and guitarist Geordie Grindle, with Nelson on guitar and MacKaye (who wrote many of the group's lyrics) on bass. The group's roadie and "fifth Teen Idle" was Henry Garfield, who later became better-known as Henry Rollins. Initially inspired by British punk D.C. weirdos White Boy and later by California hardcore, the teenage group's real guiding light came from seminal punks Bad Brains, with whom they often shared the stage at legendary D.C. punk dive Madam's Organ. The Idles played short and speedy songs, with titles like "Get Up and Go," "I Drink Milk," and "Too Young to Rock," that attempted to roar and speed like the Bad Brains. Their anthem, "Teen Idles," declared that they were "bored to tears/A waste of 20 years." The band made a trip to California in the summer of 1980 that was a financial disaster, but provided an invaluable lesson in West Coast hardcore, the band bringing back the ferocity of California's legendary Huntington Beach punks and the idea for all ages shows that they witnessed firsthand at the seminal San Francisco club Mabuhay Gardens. Upon returning to D.C., the group recorded their eight-song 7", but splintered when Grindle became disenchanted soon after, although MacKaye had already begun planning Minor Threat. The Teen Idles' Minor Disturbance EP is available in its entirety on Dischord 1981: the Year in Seven Inches. ~ Patrick Foster, Rovi
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Extensive vamping
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sounds like a good punk sound. i like it
Jsprague1498 you are nothing but a misguided Nazi douche. This band, along with everything else Ian touched, wanted nothing to do with nationalist boneheads and their short bus crews. Stick with Agnostic Front boards and feel free to jack off your boyfriend in the process. Take your 14 words and shove them up your 88. Spread the love, hug a punk. Unless they wear the lightning bolts, then kick them in the nuts.
SO MUCH BETTER THAN MINOR THREAT !!!
LOVE THE TEEN IDLES! I drink milk is like an early version of the song Minor threat
Just wait, Hardcore was just about to bloom in D.C....those kids blew it up. Amazing and wonderful.
PUNKS NOT RED! TAKE IT BACK BOYS 88/14
they werent around longer because they turned into Minor Threat
Awesome to hear Ian and Henry together. They both sort of took seperate paths, but I love and admire both of those guys.
\/Pure punk\/
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l11950
Too bad these guys weren't around longer. They are good!
no one has anything to say about teen idles? i still have my old arse tape that is yellowed with age and angst! Ian is a great guy and Henry is so grounded and humble. amazing storytellers too.

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