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Washington DC, United States (1980 – 1983)

Minor Threat was an American band from Washington DC. Short-lived but very influential, critics have called the band and their work “iconic,” and have noted that their “groundbreaking” music “has held up better than most of their contemporaries.” Minor Threat is credited with unintentionally starting the “ movement” from a handful of song lyrics.

They and fellow Washington DC residents Bad Brains set the standard for many hardcore punk bands in the 1980s and 1990s. They produced short, often astonishingly fast songs, eventually with excellent production quality, which at the time was lacking in most /. All of Minor Threat’s records were released on the band’s own Dischord Records.

While at Wilson High School, Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson were in the influental DC punk band The Teen Idles. After that band broke up, MacKaye decided to switch from bass to vocals, and organized Minor Threat with Nelson and two prep-school kids (from Georgetown Day School), bassist Brian Baker and guitarist Lyle Preslar. Minor Threat’s first performance was in December 1980, opening for Bad Brains.

Their first 7” EPs, “Minor Threat” and “In My Eyes”, were released in 1981. The group became popular regionally, and toured the United States’ east coast.


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  • nickblinko

    Look at that fucking bald-domed, alien-looking motherfucker. I can't even look at him without being angry. Minor Threat: first emo band ever. Fuck you Ian, cry me a river about how you don't fit in with society. Smoke weed. Hail Satan.

    17 Jul 3:58pm Reply
  • uglyfirewizard

    hey guys we're big fat pussies who dont know shit about music

    13 Jul 4:49pm Reply
  • butt-plugsuit

    I don't wanna grow up

    10 Jul 2:04am Reply
  • Orbonen

    cool shoutbox

    11 Jun 3:34pm Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    7 Jun 1:53pm Reply
  • death--pierceme

    Nattramn is straight edge too

    3 Jun 12:42pm Reply
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  • hailcthulhu666

    str8 edge 4 lyfe m7 2edgy3u

    27 May 2:37am Reply
  • AndMetal13

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    24 May 2:25pm Reply
  • Parsignia

    Oh Thomas, you ignorant shit, Minor Threat formed and broke up long before Rancid was even a thing.

    19 May 1:27am Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    v That better be an attempt at trolling.

    10 May 8:10pm Reply
  • Abalerm

    caffeine is a drug

    24 Apr 5:47am Reply
  • Trash73

    "from when shooting heroin and anal opium beads are normal things and fits into society?" Because obviously I was talking about this and not socializing whilst having a few beers. I also don't remember it being in their lyrics - only smoking, drinking and sex: "I don't smoke I don't drink/I don't fuck/At least I can fucking think."

    17 Apr 8:59pm Reply
  • BadBlackFlag

    from when shooting heroin and anal opium beads are normal things and fits into society?

    15 Apr 10:52pm Reply
  • Trash73

    These straight edge jokes are old and 'pussy' is amusing coming from a Tom Waits fan. Waits writes music full of self-pity for those who don't fit in, the same way being straight edge doesn't fit in with the norms of pop culture and modern society. The difference is most people who are straight edge sing it loud and proud.

    7 Apr 2:44am Reply
  • koholintisland

    I love smoking huge joints and listening to Minor Threat

    3 Apr 8:09am Reply
  • robotpwnsyou

    My favourite emo band

    26 Mar 8:31am Reply
  • spacemangraig

    pretty good for a bunch of fucking straightedge pussies.

    10 Mar 1:27pm Reply
  • DethGatling

    De lo mejor! de lo mejor!!!!

    24 Feb 5:40pm Reply
  • RedArmada

    Ian MacKaye should be lynched from a lamppost and his corpse burned in a ditch

    7 Feb 1:20am Reply
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