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The Teen Idles

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The Teen Idles were pioneers of the DC Hardcore scene in the very early ’80s. Their only release was Dischord Records’ first. Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson went on to form Minor Threat, one of the most influential bands in all of punk rock and hardcore.


The Teen Idles were among the first punk rock groups from the early 1980s hardcore movement to break out of their regional scene to tour and sell nationally. Inspired by other American punk bands like The Cramps, Bad Brains and Black Flag, The Teen Idles’ music was an early version of hardcore punk, and an attempt, in the words of MacKaye, “to get away from a really corrupted music”. Their appearances, lyrics and musical style sought to revive a punk movement that they believed had lost its original zeal.

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