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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.

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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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  • 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
  • slvrrckt

    Ian MacKaye considers straight edge to be just his personal ideology and doesn't even like the straight edge movement or judge non-straight edge people.

    4 Feb 5:00pm Reply
  • xxxKillianxxx

    straight edge threat

    2 Feb 10:37am Reply
  • PizzaXHut

    Generic shout about minor threat and how I drink to minor threat shout

    25 Jan 5:34am Reply
  • Post-romantic

    Guilty of Being White!!!

    7 Jan 8:19pm Reply
  • kouta55

    Kill yourself [2]

    7 Jan 3:41am Reply
  • Element_X

    so do you guys hate non-whites as much as i do?

    5 Jan 7:04am Reply
  • Gwynbleiddsfang

    "animal collective take a certain intelligence to listen to it would seem. funny how you have to go to the 20th artist on my charts to insult me, uninformed retard." -- Kill yourself

    4 Jan 5:20pm Reply
  • TheBrainSlug

    Straight Edge For Life!

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • antix91

    Хуйня ваш хардкор, не цепляет.

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    é brabo

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Pumpkinfaced

    @helvettt ian was also a member of skewbald/grand union, pailhead and dischord's in-house "super-group" rozzlyn rangers. he also did plenty of backing vocals in studio for the faith and joe lally's solo albums.

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • helvettt

    I meant "Ian was", sorry about that. And thanks @Grimmoire.

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
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