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Minor Threat (1980-1983): a Punk band from Arlington, Virginia, USA.

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inor Threat was an American hardcore punk rock band, formed in 1980 in Washington, D.C. by Ian MacKaye (vocals) and Jeff Nelson (drums). MacKaye and Nelson had played in several other bands together previously. They would complete the line-up with the addition of Brian Baker (bass) and Lyle Preslar (guitar). They added fifth member, Steve Hansgen, in 1982, playing bass, while Baker switched to second guitar.

Although the band was short-lived, they left a legacy on the punk rock scene, both stylistically and in the punk ethos of a "do it yourself" ethic for music distribution and concert promotion; MacKaye and Nelson would be the founding members of the 'Dischord Records' label. Minor Threat's song Straight Edge became the basis of the "straight edge" movement: a punk lifestyle which emphasized life without alcohol, drugs, or promiscuous sex. Along with the fellow Washington, D.C. hardcore band Bad Brains and California act Black Flag, Minor Threat set the standard for hardcore punk bands in the 1980s and 1990s.

During their tenure, Minor Threat would release Minor Threat EP (1981), In My Eyes EP (1981), Out of Step (1983) and Salad Days EP (1985).

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Minor Threat split in 1983 over disagreements on musical direction. MacKaye was allegedly skipping rehearsal sessions towards the end of the band's career, and he wrote the lyrics to the songs on the Salad Days EP in the studio. That was quite a contrast with the earlier recordings, as he had written and co-written the music for much of the band's early material. Minor Threat, which had returned to being a four-piece group with the departure of Hansgen, played its final show on September 23, 1983, at the Lansburgh Cultural Center in Washington, D.C.

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Nation USA
City Arlington, Virginia
Genre Punk
Formations 1
Active Years 1980-1983
Last Modified 2022-11-25
Diskery ID 824


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