were an American hardcore punk band from Washington, DC
. Though they only released one album and three EPs, they were one of the most influential punk rock bands of The Eighties
, spearheading the Straight Edge
movement with one 46-second song ("Straight Edge"). They are also one of the innovators of hardcore punk, along with Bad Brains
and Black Flag
. The majority of Minor Threat's songs are very fast, brief and angry, such as "Out of Step With the World" and "I Don't Wanna Hear It".
As usual, you can find the basics about their career at The Other Wiki
Tropes that apply to Minor Threat:
- Cover Version: "Sometimes Good Guys (Don't Wear White)" (originally by Garage Rock band The Standells), "12XU" (originally by Wire), and "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone" (originally by Paul Revere And The Raiders; The Monkees' version was also popular).
- Slayer covered "Filler", "I Don't Wanna Hear It", and "Guilty of Being White" on their Undisputed Attitude album.
- Genre Popularizer: Hardcore Punk and Straight Edge.
- Hardcore Punk: Perhaps one of the defining examples.
- "I Want" Song: Inverted with "I Don't Wanna Hear It".
- Miniscule Rocking: Their "Complete Discography" runs at a length of 47:10 - roughly the average length of an ordinary album.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Mostly a solid 7-8. Some of their later songs drop down a 6, though.
- Never Trust a Title: The Complete Discography compilation album does not contain their entire discography; it lacks the First Demo Tape EP, the three tracks from the 20 Years of Dischord box set, and the rediscovered track "You Betrayed Me by Growing Up". The title was originally accurate though: When the compilation was released, none of that other material was out yet.
- Nostalgia Filter: "Salad Days"
- Protest Song: "Straight Edge," "Out of Step," "Guilty of Being White," etc.
- Religion Rant Song: "Filler"
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "I Don't Wanna Hear It"
- Straight Edge: The Trope Namer and Trope Maker.