Minor Threat

Minor Threat

Formed in 1980 and discontinued in 1983, Minor Threat is considered one of the most influential American hardcore punk bands of the early 80s. They released one full-length and three EPs. After breaking up, frontman Ian MacKaye resurfaced in Fugazi. When Geordie quit The Teen Idles, Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson decided to form a new band with Ian MacKaye on vocals instead of bass. They started playing with Lyle Preslar, who sang for the Extorts and wanted to switch to guitar. Lyle introduced them to Brian Baker, another Georgetown Day School punk who was not only a guitar player, but one who had a Marshall guitar amplifier! Brian Baker started playing bass in November of 1980 and the band played its first show a month later.

Minor Threat and SOA were part of a small wave of new kids and bands in DC, many of whom were not into drugs and alcohol. Some of the bands made mention of this in their lyrics, and Minor Threat’s song "Straight Edge" coined the phrase that is now used to describe a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle.

The band played regularly and definitely had a following, but broke up at the end of the summer when Lyle left DC to go to college. Six months later, dissatisfaction with school and a sense of unfinished business prompted Lyle to drop out and, to the surprise of some of the punks in DC, Minor Threat reformed in April 1982. That fall, Steve Hansgen joined to play bass while Brian moved to second guitar and the band recorded and toured as a five piece until June of 1983.

Minor Threat played a few more shows as a four piece that summer, but they were not getting along. They were unable to agree on the direction of the music, and ended up spending more time arguing than playing in the practice space. They were also divided about how the band should be run, and whether or not offers from other labels should be considered. Faced with this dilemma, the members decided that it would be better for all involved to shut it down.
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Minor Threat Discography

Singles & EPs

Dischord 5 Minor Threat In My Eyes (EP) Dischord Records Dischord 5 US 1981 Sell This Version
Dischord 3 Minor Threat Filler (EP) Dischord Records Dischord 3 US 1981 Sell This Version
Dischord Nº 10, no.10 Minor Threat Out Of Step (EP) Dischord Records, Dischord Records Dischord Nº 10, no.10 US 1983 Sell This Version
dischord fifteen, № FIFTEEN Minor Threat Salad Days (Single) Dischord Records, Dischord Records dischord fifteen, № FIFTEEN US 1985 Sell This Version
DIS 140 CD Minor Threat First Demo Tape (EP) Dischord Records DIS 140 CD US 2003 Sell This Version


Dischord 12 Minor Threat Minor Threat (Comp, Album) Dischord Records, Dischord Records, Dischord Records Dischord 12 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1984 Sell This Version
Dischord 40 Minor Threat Complete Discography (Comp) Dischord Records Dischord 40 1989 Sell This Version


Dischord 27 Minor Threat Live Dischord Records Dischord 27 US 1988 Sell This Version
FSV14 Minor Threat / Minutemen Minor Threat / Minutemen - The Best Of Flipside Video #2 Flipside Video FSV14 US 1994 Sell This Version
70930459039, 70930-45903-9 Social Distortion / Youth Brigade / Minor Threat Social Distortion / Youth Brigade / Minor Threat - Another State Of Mind Time Bomb Recordings, Time Bomb Recordings 70930459039, 70930-45903-9 US 2004 Sell This Version