Minor Threat

Also known as MT
Members of Minor Threat: Brian Baker, Ian MacKaye, Jeff Nelson, Lyle Preslar, Steve Hansgen
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.dischord.com/band/minor-threat, http://www.angelfire.com/ok/endall/, http://www.threatbase.com

Discography of Minor Threat:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Minor Threat 12 Audio 1987 Dischord Records
2 Out Of Step 9 Audio 1983 Dischord Records
3 Minor Threat 12 Audio 1987 Dischord Records
4 Minor Threat 8 Audio 1981-06-00 Dischord Records
5 In My Eyes 4 Audio 1981-12-00 Dischord Records
6 Live At Buff Hall 7 Audio 1988 Lost And Found Records
7 First Demo Tape 8 Audio 2003 Dischord Records
8 Salad Days 3 Audio 1985-08-00
9 Out Of Step 16 Audio Dischord Records
10 Complete Discography 26 Audio 1989 Dischord Records
11 Live 18 Audio 1988 Dischord Records
12 First Demo Tape 8 Audio 2003 Dischord Records
13 Demos 1981 8 Audio 1989 Not On Label
14 Complete Discography 26 Audio 2003
15 Minor Threat 12 Audio 1984 Dischord Records
16 Minor Threat 12 Audio 2008 Dischord Records
17 27 Songs Live 27 Audio 1991 Youth Records
18 Live At Buff Hall 7 Audio 1988 Lost And Found Records
19 Out Of Step 8 Audio 2007
20 Demo's 18 Audio 2001 Not On Label
21 Out Of Step 8 Audio 2007 Dischord Records
22 Salad Days 3 Audio
23 Screaming At The Wall 15 Audio 2001 Deny Everything
24 Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White 17 Audio 2003 HC Live Classics
25 Minor Threat 12 Audio
26 First Demo Tape 8 Audio 2009 Dischord Records
27 Live 18 Audio 1988 Dischord Records
28 Complete Discography 26 Audio Dischord Records
29 Minor Threat 8 Audio 1981 Dischord Records
30 Minor Threat 8 Audio 1981 Dischord Records
31 Minor Threat 8 Audio 1981 Dischord Records
32 Minor Threat 12 Audio 1984
33 Demos 1981 8 Audio 1992 Not On Label (Minor Threat)
34 Minor Threat 12 Audio Dischord Records
35 Did You Fucking Get It ? 29 Audio 1990 Not On Label (Minor Threat)
36 In My Eyes 4 Audio 1981-12-00 Dischord Records
37 Out Of Step 9 Audio 1983
38 Minor Threat Live 23 Audio Toast Records
39 Minor Threat 12 Audio 2008
40 Demos 1981 8 Audio 1989 Not On Label (Minor Threat)
41 Salad Days 3 Audio
42 12XU 17 Audio 1990 Brigand Records
43 In My Eyes 4 Audio 1981 Dischord Records
44 Out Of Step 9 Audio
45 Complete Discography 26 Audio 1989 Dischord Records
46 Minor Threat 12 Audio 1984 Dischord Records
47 Complete Discography 26 Audio 2003
48 The Best Of Flipside Video #2 34 Audio 1994 Flipside Records
49 The Best Of Flipside Video #2 34 Audio 1994 Flipside Records
50 Live 23 Audio Not On Label


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 [a=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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