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Minor Threat

Minor Threat was the definitive Washington, D.C., hardcore punk band, setting the style for the straight-edge punk movement of the early '80s. Led by vocalist Ian MacKaye, the band was staunchly independent and fiercely sober. Through their songs, the group rejected drugs and alcohol, espoused anti-establishment politics, and led a call for self-awareness. Every song was fast, sharp, and lethal, often clocking in at just around a minute. Their speed and fury often hid their fairly catchy melodies, but the band's main function was to vent rage. Over the course of three years, Minor Threat released two EPs, one album, and several singles, all of which were quite popular in the American punk underground. Their records and concerts helped spawn straight-edge, an American punk lifestyle based on the group's intense, clean-living ideology. Following the disbandment of Minor Threat, MacKaye formed Fugazi, who became one of the more popular American indie rock bands of the late '80s and '90s.

The origins of Minor Threat lie in the Teen Idles, Ian MacKaye's first band. MacKaye formed the Teen Idles while he was attending Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., and after he graduated in 1980, he founded the Dischord record label with the intent of putting out his group's records through the label. Shortly after graduation, the Teen Idles had broken up and MacKaye had formed Minor Threat with former Idles drummer Jeff Nelson, former Government Issue bassist Brian Baker, and guitarist Lyle Preslar. By the end of the year, Minor Threat had released the singles "Minor Threat" and "Straight Edge," and had played many concerts along the East Coast. Throughout 1981, they followed this same pattern, playing a lot of concerts and releasing 7" singles. That year, they also released two EPs, Minor Threat and In My Eyes, both of which compiled their singles.

In 1982, bassist Baker had left and was replaced by Steve Hansen; Baker later played with the Meatmen, Junkyard, and Dag Nasty. With Hansen on board, the group recorded their only full-length album, Out of Step. Upon its 1983 release, the album became popular within the underground and Minor Threat were becoming alternative stars, which didn't sit well with MacKaye. By the end of the year, he broke up the band. MacKaye and Nelson continued to run Dischord, which thrived well into the '90s. The pair also played together in another band, Egg Hunt. Following the disbandment of Egg Hunt, Nelson played with a variety of bands -- including Three and Senator Flux -- before devoting his energies to running Dischord. MacKaye played with Embrace, Skewbald, and Pailhead before forming Fugazi, who carried on the aesthetic, if not the sound, of Minor Threat. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: First Demo Tape

1. Minor Threat

2. Stand Up

3. Seeing Red

4. Bottled Violence

5. Small Man, Big Mouth

6. Straight Edge

7. Guilty Of Being White

8. I Don't Want To Hear It

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Track List: Complete Discography

1. Filler

2. I Don't Wanna Hear it

3. Seeing Red

4. Straight Edge

5. Small Man, Big Mouth

6. Screaming At A Wall

7. Bottled Violence

8. Minor Threat

9. Stand Up

10. 12XU

11. In My Eyes

12. Out Of Step (With The World)

13. Guilty Of Being White

14. Steppin' Stone

15. Betray

16. It Follows

17. Think Again

18. Look Back And Laugh

19. Sob Story

20. No Reason

21. Little Friend

22. Out Of Step

23. Cashing In

24. Stumped

25. Good Guys (Don't Wear White)

26. Salad Days

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Nirvana sucks though buddy.
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What the f**k have you done?
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Did you F**cking get it?
It doesn't look that way to me in my eyes.
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F**king legendary!!
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Minor Threat forever!!!
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Did you f**king get it???
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The song minor threat is an all time classic. A true anthem!
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sk8mx1
I went poop once
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It stinks!
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Minor Threat and Bad Religion = Kings of punk rock.
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sjpaustian
bring back punk
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Im still considered guilty...
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Minor threat doesn't blow
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Minor Threat blows.
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You know Kurt cobain from nirvana was inspired by punk
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I like minor threat and grunge
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F**k this band bruh.
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Nirvana rocks dude
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Im guilty
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joel.tourjee
You're so cool, Saul.
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Minor threat is the s**t
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F**k straight edge I'm high all day f**k outta here
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F**k yea man,it'd b weird to think of no fugazi but I'd rather have more minor threat
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Hell Yeah..Minor Threat rules!
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Xstraight edgeX nah just joking everyone get FUCKEDUP!!!! ! ! !
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I arrived in DC in 1986 for graduate school and lived within sight of Wilson High School where Ian went. Their influence was everywhere. A lot of rage from a leader who came from an upperclass intellectual environment.
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Of fukin course..... let me grab my skate n lets fukin session
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Minor Threat!!! Still have one of their shirts from my days in high school....
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Can't wait to see GI next Saturday!!
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Love minor threat
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LOVE THIS F**KIN BAND! DC HARDCORE!
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Freaking A... i LOVE Minor Threat!
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Minor Threat & The Bad Brains - D.C.'s Finest Punk Rock
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This band f**king rocks
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slimlucas14
Clean cut I just want to f..k a slut
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Love this band.
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My boy played with Merlin and the murder Junkies after gg passed the only band that guaranteed someone would get f**ked up (enter at own risk)
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GG was a true rock star. RIP
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Moo moo what do you consider punk gg alen and the murder junkies?
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belisa004
Ww. local
Psycho 1980s

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Straight Edge, not punk.
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In my opinion Minor Threat is the best punk band ever
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us_bombs2003
RATM covered this song pretty good.
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Follow for follow {www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m }
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pay no mind to us...
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i love this band.
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This was one of the first (or maybe the very first) punk bands I ever got into. I miss the the '80s sometimes.
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zctenten
Even though I prefer west coast punk, these guys are pretty awesome.
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Love love love these guys, f**king awesome. Definitely not something I learned in school, haha.
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this band didn't do drugs, still awesome.



they should teach this in schools
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