Minor Threat

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Minor Threat
Minor Threat performing at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., 1981
Background information
OriginWashington, D.C., United States
GenresHardcore punk
Years active1980–1981
Past member(s)Ian MacKaye
Jeff Nelson
Brian Baker
Lyle Preslar
Steve Hansgen
Minor Threat (1981)

Minor Threat was a hardcore punk band from Washington DC from the 1980s. Many other bands which played hardcore punk music in the United States were influenced by Minor Threat's music. Minor Threat's songs were usually short and fast. All of Minor Threat's records were released on the band's own Dischord Records label.[1]

Minor Threat told their listeners they did not use illegal drugs or drink alcohol, which was called being "straight edge."

History[change | change source]

Ian MacKaye, Jeff Nelson, bassist Brian Baker, and guitarist Lyle Preslar formed Minor Threat in 1980. Their first records were Minor Threat and In My Eyes in 1981. The group toured through the United States.

Their song "Straight Edge" had lyrics (words) that told people they did not use illegal drugs or drink alcohol, which was called being "straight edge."[2] Another song called "Out of Step" tells listeners not to smoke, drink, or have casual sex. People often thought that the band was telling others not to do these things but in interviews the band states that straight edge is a personal decision.

Minor Threat broke up in 1983.

Albums[change | change source]

Extended Play records[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hargus, Billy Bob. "Ian MacKaye Interview". Perfect Sound Forever. Archived from the original on June 9, 2007. Retrieved Jan 22, 2010.
  2. "What is Straight Edge?". Retrieved 23 January 2010.

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