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Hardcore punk with great attitude!,
This review is from: Complete Discography (Audio CD)
I first heard about Minor threat through one of my favourite bands Good Charlotte from their album The young and the hopeless which I would definitely call a modern punk album but definitely not in the style of this band. They're mentioned through lyrics in a couple of songs; The anthem where `I'm just a minor threat so pay no mind' is uttered, and Riot girl where Joel sings `She likes minor threat, she likes social distortion'. I happened to check out both bands and I have to say I much prefer Minor threat's sound. The album artwork which is one of the most iconic covers ever is simple but very effective. Heck even Nike copied it and were threatened with a lawsuit for their efforts! Benj from GC parodied it for the single cover of Girls and boys. GC were obviously influenced by the band in their music and now they have passed it onto me.
There's the first demo tape out there but I don't know why anybody's choosing to buy it when all the songs from that demo are on this CD! All the songs from their EP's and albums are on this 26 song collection with material from 1980-1983. The band were short-lived but left behind some amazing American hardcore punk and pretty much formed the `Straight edge' movement. I am not a fan of old punk records, especially not British punk from a similar time (early The police is about the closest!) but I have to say this is quality music with not just edgy lyrics, vocals and a bad attitude but from guys who know how to play their instruments and with a vocalist with a good sense of humour (which is very welcome!). I enjoyed the whole album, with some songs obviously being better than others. Many of the songs are a minute or around a minute and even though they're short they're filled with passion and energy. My favourites are Filler (which kicks off the collection in style!), I don't wanna hear it, Minor threat, In my eyes (which I feel has a positive message in someone else's negativity), Out of step (with the world), Guilty of being white, Steppin' stone, Think again, Look back and laugh, Sob story, Out of step (which must be a cover of the original where Ian explains that `There are no set of rules' for being straight edge), Cashing in (where Ian really shows his sense of humour), Good guys don't wear white and Salad days. Even though the songs are aggressive and angsty they're not obnoxious to listen to like with a lot of punk bands in the late 70's-80's. That's what I think split's the band from their contemporaries at the time and maybe why I'm attracted to their sound when I`m generally not a fan of old punk music.
It's an album to get whether you're a fan of hardcore punk or not! I'm just happy that one modern band passed me onto this band and I've listened to the best old punk ever! If you're thinking about it just buy it because you won't regret it!