Tuesday, 11 March 2014


Year:  1981
Country:  US
City:  Washington
Label:  Dischord
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  23
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore

Originally released in 1981 as two 7" Ep's the first album of Minor Threat is a true classic in the punk-rock history.  Formed in 1980 and discontinued in 1983, Minor Threat is considered one of the most influential american hardcore punk bands of the early 80s. They released one full-length and three EPs. After breaking up, frontman Ian MacKaye resurfaced in Fugazi in 1983 and continued his work with the prestigious label "Dischord Records". Minor Threat and few bands more (Bad Brains, Teen Idles, SOA or Government Issue) were part of a small wave of new kids and bands in washington DC, many of whom were not into drugs and alcohol. Some of the bands made mention of this in their lyrics, and Minor Threat’s song "Straight Edge" coined the phrase that is now used to describe a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. Ian MacKaye considers straight edge to be just his personal ideology and doesn't even like the straight edge movement or judge non-straight edge people. But few years after straight edge became as a movement and 80´s later appeared an extreme group called "hard-line" which its members were vegans and radically intolerants with other kind of way of life. Frankly strictly musical Minor Threat is not an exceptional band in aspect, its style is very simple and almost amateur. A kind of play punk-rock faster with melodical voice, but even in Washingtong there was a band very more interesting at all: Bad Brains. In another coast of atlanthic were the second punk wave with bands really innovate like Discharge or The Exploited. The most important element in Minor Threat was not the music but the new ideas and new way of life in the rock´n´roll culture since its born in 1957.
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Year:  1997
Country:  several
Label:  B-Core
Format:  CD
Tracks:  23
Bands:  23
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore        Punk

Minor Threat, the most iconic hardcore band of all time, deserved tribute by the state scene. And there were BCore bands, as well as other Negu Gorriak, Subterranean Kids, squeezed Brains, Manifesto ... The album included songs from the "Complete Discography" of Washington DC and sold out quickly. Currently you can only buy in "online" format directly to B-Core.  Honestly I've always thought that musicalente Minor Threat were never exceptional band, I mean. I like the LP and EP, but I think much more Bad Brains innovated with its mix with reggae and dub. Or the ultra-fast Millions of Dead Cops and their first jobs. And also mention (of course) the most experimental albums Black Flag. But Minor Threat constituted a change of mentality and perspetciva of things, the HC / punk scene would never be the same. A few years later, the radical ideological shift of Minor Threat, joined by a stylistic turn and gave her new music real gems with his new project: Fugazi.
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"Out of tune (tribute")
Year:  1998
Country:  France
City:  Paris
Label:  Ça Va Clencher
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore        Punk

One year later, in 1998, a kind of "ghost" label called "Ça Va Clencher Records" made this interesting tribute compilation with french hardcore / punk band which some exception (Burning Heads or Seven Hate) the rest were / are totally unknown for me. But the surprise is that these bands recorded cover songs with high quality level with different influences more emo, post or new-school sound oriented. We do find in any song the typical early 80's fast punk, but ways and styles far the original forms.
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