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Out of Step

Minor Threat

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The music on Minor Threat's first two seven-inches was so exhilarating and self-contained that it seemed the band wouldn't be able to top itself. Thankfully, Minor Threat had enough juice left over to record one full-length album. This 1983 LP accomplishes a seemingly impossible trick in the field of hardcore: creating epic song structures without sacrificing the core musical rules of brevity, simplicity, and aggression. Even at this early stage, Minor Threat was well versed in dynamics, a skill that Ian MacKaye would further develop in Fugazi. “Betray,” “Think Again," and “Look Back and Laugh” are nothing short of heroic: carefully structured songs with well-defined parts, transitions, and little complexities. And yet the songs feel like definitive hardcore music. This was the absolute limit of what could be accomplished within 1983's hardcore idiom. To go further would be to change the formula, which MacKaye would soon do with Fugazi. While the momentousness of its initial context has long since passed, Out of Step retains its ripping effect. A lacerating treatise on morality, hypocrisy, and social identities, it's one of America’s most direct and unforgiving statements of youth.

Customer Reviews

This is REAL punk rock.

Minor Threat is so punk rock they don't have to have mohawks and safety pins in their faces to prove it. Brian Baker ended up in a band called Junkyard or something like that, a total glam metal band. And when people get all political about this album, and gossipy, like "I heard Ian McKaye drank a beer." I used to get mad, but now I find it hilarious because people actually care (like I used to.) And now we all know it's all about the music. And this is music at it's finest. Don't get me wrong, I know the difference between Jazz and mushroom jazz. And I don't like ski video music. But this stuff rocks harder than anything. Everyone should have this album. Everyone should save a u.s. soldier by killing an SUV. whatever. Politics. Use your head. Buy this album. Buy this album. Buy this album.

straight edge

I'm not a "tee-totaler"; however, anyone who mocks straight edge is the sheep. It goes against the flow to not indulge in self gratification. It's the sheep that mindlessly follow the indulgent materialism and self-absorption that is glorified in our media driven culture. I'm not saying don't drink, don't be a materialist, or any such thing. I'm just saying think about what drives your decisions. Minor Threat was a small part of my learning not to follow the crowd and to think for myself. Most of todays "punk" music fans are simply conformist of a new stripe...

sweet

I just wrote this to give minor threat a five star they earned it

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

Minor Threat was the definitive Washington, D.C., hardcore punk band, setting the style for the straight-edge punk movement of the early '80s. Led by vocalist Ian MacKaye, the band was staunchly independent and fiercely sober. Through their songs, the group rejected drugs and alcohol, espoused anti-establishment politics, and led a call for self-awareness. Every song was fast, sharp, and lethal, often clocking in at just around a minute. Their speed and fury often hid their fairly catchy melodies,...
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