Minor Threat
1980
United States
Music group
Minor Threat was a straight edge hardcore band from Washington DC. Straight Edge is a term that was coined by Minor Threat's lead singer Ian MacKaye, although he had no intentions of starting a movement.

Although Minor Threat is known mainly due to this they should be better remembered for what they were and still are: one of the greatest and most influential hardcore bands.

Minor Threat formed in November of 1980. They consisted of four members: Ian MacKaye on vocals, Brian Baker on bass, Lyle Preslar on guitar and Jeff Nelson on drums.

On the album "Out of Step", Steve Hansgen played bass and Brian Baker played guitar.

In September 1981, Minor Threat broke up when Lyle decided to go to college. During this time, Ian and Jeff started a new band called Skewbald/Grand Union. This band broke up when Minor Threat reformed in April 1982. Minor Threat broke up for good in 1983.

Minor Threat was also influential to the Straight Edge movement which has affected thousands of kids all over the world.

In addition to Minor Threat, Ian MacKaye has played in the Teen Idles, Egg Hunt, Skewbald, Embrace, Pailhead and is currently in Fugazi. He is also knwon as CEO of Dischord Records.

Brian Baker has played for Dag Nasty, Junkyard and is currently in Bad Religion.

Lyle Preslar has played in the Meatmen.

Jeff Neslon has played in Egg Hunt, 3, Senator Flux, Skewbald, and the High Back Chairs.

Steve Hansgen has played for Government Issue, Modest Proposal and Weatherhead.
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