Minor Threat

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Minor Threat was an American hardcore punk band formed in Washington, D.C. in 1980 and disbanded in 1983. The band was relatively short-lived, but had a strong influence on the hardcore punk music scene. Minor Threat's song "Straight Edge" became the eventual basis of the straight edge movement, while the band often professed their own "straight edge" ideals.[1] Allmusic described Minor Threat's music as "iconic,"[2] and noted that their groundbreaking music "has held up better than [that of] most of their contemporaries."[3]

Along with the fellow Washington, D.C. hardcore band Bad Brains and California band Black Flag, Minor Threat set the standard for many hardcore punk bands in the 1980s and 1990s. All of Minor Threat's records were released on Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson's own label, Dischord Records.



Early years

While at Wilson High School, Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson were in the Washington, D.C., punk band The Slinkees, which was soon renamed The Teen Idles. After that band broke up, MacKaye decided to switch from bass guitar to vocals, and organized Minor Threat with drummer Nelson, bassist Brian Baker, and guitarist Lyle Preslar. Minor Threat's first performance was in December 1980, opening on a bill with Bad Brains, Phfat Raskals, and S.O.A. The band's 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 and Midwest.

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