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Minor Threat

"Minor Threat" was a short-lived but incredibly influential hardcore punk band from Washington DC, often credited with starting the straight edge movement. Critics have called them and their work "iconic," and have noted that their "groundbreaking" music "has held up better than that of most of their contemporaries."

They and fellow Washington DC residents Bad Brains set the standard for many hardcore punk bands in the 1980s and 1990s. They produced short, often astonishingly fast songs, eventually with excellent production quality, which at the time was lacking in most punk/alternative rock. All of Minor Threat's records were released on the band's own Dischord Records.


While at Wilson High School, Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson were in the influental DC punk band The Teen Idles. After that band broke up, MacKaye decided to switch from bass to vocals, and organized Minor Threat with Nelson and two prep-school kids (from Georgetown Day School), bassist Brian Baker and guitarist Lyle Preslar. Minor Threat's first performance was in December 1980,...

Background group or band
Origin Washington DC
Instruments Guitar, Vocals, Bass guitar
Genre Hardcore punk
Straight edge
Years active 1980–1983
Past members Ian MacKaye
Jeff Nelson (musician)
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