Minor Threat, First Two 7″s

Mark Jenkins

By Mark Jenkins

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Influenced by super-speedy, ultra-tight neighbors Bad Brains, a pair of former Teen Idles and two new recruits founded this quartet, which transformed hardcore in D.C. and around the world. Moving on from the usual teen-punk complaints, singer-lyricist Ian MacKaye inspired — and enraged — listeners by launching a critique of his own scene's hedonism. (MacKaye said that "Straight Edge" was a song, not a movement, but almost 25 years later it still draws new recruits.) Along with the band's galvanic ensuing album Out of Step, this genre-defining compilation traces the band's quick (of course) evolution from rough-hewn but incredibly focused to (a little) slower and disillusioned.