Minor Threat
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4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
January 29th, 2006 | 253 replies | 35,682 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Legendary hardcore release.

10 of 12 thought this review was well written

As a rule of thumb most people really like to take credit for the accomplishments they've made in their life. If someone is responsible for starting an internet trend, they generally like to wipe it in people's faces. They like to show how smart they were, before everyone else was. This trait has a tendency to show in a lot of music fans. Lots of people like to claim that they were the first people to hear about a currently popular band. Lots of people like to claim they were part of a now popular scene when it was only in its humble beginnings. Lots of people like to brag about how cool they are. This is why Ian MacKaye must be one of the most perplexing people I've ever heard about. He single handedly invented a culture, he helped greatly develop the sound of a musical genre, helped develop one of the most respectable record labels in any music genre, and finally every band he�s been in has been regarded as original and essential. After Teen Idles MacKaye's high school band broke up, his legacy began. Forming Minor Threat must've not seemed like much back in 1980 but now it is impossible to not see their influence on hardcore music, and even the music scene as a whole. Fiercely independent, extremely original, and unwilling not to speak their mind Minor Threat helped create the stereotype of a hardcore band. Sticking to his word unlike many of the bands before and after him, once Minor Threat started to become scene "legends", MacKaye broke up the band. Not wanting the constant praise as he acts as if he is just another member of the scene. After their demise all of Minor Threat's songs were collected onto a Discography so that new fans could easily become familiar with the band.

To review every track on Minor Threat's Discography would be pointless. This album is much like Minutemen's Double Nickel On The Dime in that almost every song is short and to the point. There is a constant sense of evolution considering the album features recordings from the beginning of the band until the end. While Minor Threat's sound was not that different from the other popular hardcore bands of their time (Black Flag, The Dead Kennedys, and Bad Brains) the passion and precision they did their music with is what really made the band stand out. Also MacKaye's brilliantly crafted lyrics also greatly helped the band to gain much notoriety in the scene. Songs like "Straight Edge" and "Look Back and Laugh" have become classics in the punk scene and have helped Minor Threat to live on in infamy. Like I said before, reviewing every track on this album is pointless because every track is great, while they may all sound similar the 40 and so minutes that this album lasts are some of the most emotional, life changing minutes impressionable youth and music fans alike will find. Minor Threat like many great bands is an experience not just music.

To give this album anything less than a five would be a crime. It's probably the most recognizable staple album of the hardcore genre. It has had tons of effects on numerous people's lives. It has more intensity than most of the albums I own and most of all it has feeling. The members of Minor Threat felt every guitar riff, every drum hit, every word shouted, as if it were part of them and that's what makes this album such a classic. Maybe the band was just lucky and in the right place at the right time. But as MacKaye has proven with Fugazi he has a knack for making music that sticks in people's lives, Minor Threat's discography is no different.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
davybum69
January 29th 2006



161 Comments


Awesome review, much better than the other one.

whiteminority
January 29th 2006



74 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review man.

Zebra
Moderator
January 29th 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The review was good if you are familiar with hardcore punk bands, but you didn't describe the music enough. You praised this whole album without saying much about the music, with the exception of the comparisons to the Dead Kennedys and Black Flag.
This is a classic, there is no doubt about it. Nothing really stands out, but there isn't a weak track.

Music Nerd
January 29th 2006



95 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I already stated my opinion on this album in the other review. It's a classic, and it must be owned. I agree with Zebra on how you didn't say much about the hardcore scene back then, or even in DC. Oh well, it's a good review.

asymm
January 29th 2006



18 Comments


Very solid review. Good job, I liked the introduction tie-in to the history of MacKaye.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
January 29th 2006



2125 Comments


Well done.

Iai
Emeritus
January 29th 2006



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Meh. Importance doesn't necessarily make for great listening, especially when there's basically no variation across 26 tracks.

Jawaharal
January 29th 2006



1832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cool beans.

pixiesfanyo
January 29th 2006



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0


The review was good if you are familiar with hardcore punk bands, but you didn't describe the music enough. You praised this whole album without saying much about the music, with the exception of the comparisons to the Dead Kennedys and Black Flag.

I talk about the music, I just don't get into things that don't matter.




Zebra
Moderator
January 29th 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No, you didn't get into things period. You failed to describe the vocals, instruments, melodies etc. You basically told us that this album was a classic, and Ian MacKaye is awesome.

Rudd13
January 29th 2006



952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alright job on the review. The album is a true classic. I was going to review it as soon as I could pick it up, but I cant seem to find it anywhere.

Pizza
January 29th 2006



687 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good review. i love this album. its all great. has anyone heard thrice's cover of seeing red? its good

Music Nerd
January 30th 2006



95 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^ Yes. I have the whole album (Tony Hawk Pro Skater) which rock/alternative/emo bands cover classic punk and hardcore songs. Thrice's cover isen't too bad.

Excursions
February 14th 2006



24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a great album but in your review their is too much talk about Ian Mackaye, making him seem greater than he actually is.

Alec Mackaye > Ian Mackaye

Lazybassplr56
February 16th 2006



27 Comments


Everyone should own this. Good review.

Let's Chop Cats!
February 19th 2006



142 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Anyone who voted this less than 5 is a terrible human being.

ibanezman575
February 25th 2006



15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good job on the review

i love this cd, i just never listen to it the whole way through
i just cant

Neoteric
February 25th 2006



3243 Comments


All the songs sound the same basically. Fun listen though.

santi3hg
February 26th 2006



440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they are gods

Jawaharal
March 23rd 2006



1832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its pretty good. I love the lyrics on Guilty Of Being White.



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