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


DISCHORD 12 Minor Threat - Minor Threat album art Minor Threat Minor Threat (Comp, Album) Dischord Records, Dischord Records, Dischord Records DISCHORD 12 US 1983 Sell This Version
DISCHORD 40, Dischord 40 Minor Threat - Complete Discography album art Minor Threat Complete Discography (Comp) Dischord Records DISCHORD 40, Dischord 40 US 1989 Sell This Version


Dischord 27 Minor Threat - Live album art Minor Threat Live Dischord Records Dischord 27 US 1988 Sell This Version
70930-45900-3 Minor Threat - Another State Of Mind album art Social Distortion / Youth Brigade / Minor Threat Social Distortion / Youth Brigade / Minor Threat - Another State Of Mind Time Bomb Filmworks 70930-45900-3 US 1991 Sell This Version
FSV14 Minor Threat - The Best Of Flipside Video #2 album art Minor Threat / Minutemen Minor Threat / Minutemen - The Best Of Flipside Video #2 Flipside Video FSV14 US 1994 Sell This Version


none Minor Threat - Demo 82 album art Minor Threat Demo 82(Cass) Not On Label (Minor Threat) none Italy Unknown Sell This Version

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March 15, 2019
edited over 3 years ago
Minor Threat are one of only a few hardcore bands that really matter. By 1985 the genre had already become a cliche'd parody of itself, Minor Threat had broken up, and other progenitors of the style had either moved on to explore different sounds, or else remained stomping around in the same angry circle. Not to diss other HC bands that came later who are perfectly OK, but few since have come close to the energy and anger of the originals. The emotion on the first Minor Threat EPs is as honest as any vintage blues 78.

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