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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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