Minor Threat

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

One of the most influential US punk bands of the 80s, Minor Threat’s highly idealistic message, similar to that of Crass and the anarcho-punk bands of the UK, proved inspirational to a young audience disaffected with its political choices. Based in Washington, DC, the band was formed in 1980 from the ashes of local band, Teen Idles. The main spokesman Ian MacKaye (16 April 1962, Washington, DC, USA; vocals) and drummer Jeff Nelson left that band to join Lyle Preslar (guitar) and Brian Baker (bass; ex-Government Issue) in Minor Threat. By this time Minor Threat had already recorded their anthem ‘Minor Threat’ and ‘Straight Edge’, the song that gave punk rock a new energy. Railing against the impotent whining of would-be rebels who spent all their energy on drink, drugs, abusive sex and shallow relationships, ‘straight edge’ stood for a code of abstinence which swept the US punk scene (no drugs, tobacco, alcohol or meat).

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