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Minor Threat
Minor Threat performing at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., 1981
Background information
Origin Washington, D.C., United States
Genres Hardcore punk
Years active 1980–1981
Labels Dischord
Associated acts Fugazi, Embrace, The Teen Idles, Egg Hunt, Samhain, Bad Religion, Government Issue
Past members Ian MacKaye
Jeff Nelson
Brian Baker
Lyle Preslar
Steve Hansgen
Minor Threat (1981)

Minor Threat was a hardcore punk band from Washington DC from the 1980s. Many other bands which played hardcore punk music in the United States were influenced by Minor Threat's music. Minor Threat's songs were usually short and fast. All of Minor Threat's records were released on the band's own Dischord Records label.

Minor Threat told their listeners they did not use illegal drugs or drink alcohol, which was called being "straight edge."


Ian MacKaye, Jeff Nelson, bassist Brian Baker, and guitarist Lyle Preslar formed Minor Threat in 1980. Their first records were Minor Threat and In My Eyes in 1981. The group toured through the United States.

Their song "Straight Edge" had lyrics (words) that told people they did not use illegal drugs or drink alcohol, which was called being "straight edge." Another song called "Out of Step" tells listeners not to smoke, drink, or have casual sex. People often thought that the band was telling others not to do these things but in interviews the band states that straight edge is a personal decision.

Minor Threat broke up in 1983.


  • Out of Step (1983)

Extended Play records

  • Minor Threat (1981)
  • In My Eyes (1981)
  • Salad Days (1985)

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