Out of Step is the sole studio album by American hardcore punk band Minor Threat. It was released on 45 RPM vinyl in April 1983 through Dischord Records. Although Out of Step has only been released on CD in limited quantities, it has been repressed on vinyl as recently as 2010, and all tracks from the album are available on Minor Threat's 1989 compilation album Complete Discography. It is considered as an elementary piece of the punk rock (specifically hardcore punk) genre and has been cited by many critics and magazines as one of the best progressions for the history of rock music, which specifically helped shape the path of many genres of underground musical currents (alternative music). Its influence is notorious in future bands that would boost the youth crew movement, also in other genres such as grunge, post-hardcore, 90's skate punk and thrash metal, as well in the development of the New York hardcore music scene and aesthetics style. This album’s increased complexity in songs, with more elaborate riffs and arrangements, is its main distinguishing factor compared to the band’s previous recordings. The bass octaves retain the dynamics of the guitar line. For this album Brian Baker became second guitarist and Steven Hansgen joined the bass. The lyrics of the majority of the songs reflect self-reflection, youth frustration, personal problems and difficulties with friendships, in contrast to that of Minor Threat's first recordings (which contained a politically critical message and as opposed to drug use).Wikipedia
One of the best punk rock albums of all time, bar none Most of the songs are filled with absolute anger and range I REALLY recommend you, the reader, listen to this
Classic hardcore punk! For my money, though, one of their compilations would be a better pick because it'll feature stuff from their self-titled and "In My Eyes" as well. All three releases are short enough that the compilations make for a better-suited experience overall, but I can't complain too much. Anyway, it does everything about punk so well. It's got attitude, edge, energy, and not stick around for more than 30 minutes. What's more punk than that? Also, Cashing In is an all-timer closer. Great record.
Ah, Out of Step. This album was my anger management therapy back during my teen years. I still come back to it from time to time when I'm in a particular kind of mood. This is really the epitome of a perfect hardcore punk album, full of wonderful little nuggets of burning intensity. It's brutal, blistering, raging, snotty, and entertaining as hell. Not a bad song on here. Fave Songs: Betray, Cashing In, Out of Step, Think Again, Sob Story
i have been waiting so long for this album to come up in the rotation. fuck yes.
This was a lot cooler than expected... I always figure this early HC stuff is just amateur noise, and it kinda is but it's catchy enough that it doesn't matter. better than black flag 4/5.
Most of the way through Out of Step, I had a grin on my face. It has all the aggression you could want in a hardcore band, but the stop start rhythms, angular compositions, lack of cliches, turn on a dime performances, and thoughtful, angry lyrics give some nourishment for the soul and intellect as well. It doesn't hurt that, for hardcore, there's actually quite a bit of variety in the grooves and tempos. If I have a minor complaint, it's that I couldn't understand all the words, but that's kind of a given in hardcore.
The amount of pioneering Minor Threat accomplished in their short time together is amazing. Bigger fan of the first two 7”‘s but this album slaps hard. Fave Tracks : “Out of Step” “Betray”
H A R D C O R E ™️
If you ask me, this is THE quintessential hardcore punk album. Not the greatest of all time, perhaps, but the most core to the sound and ethos... but also, maybe the greatest lol.
Still super fresh US hardcore punk
intense and straight forward straight edge hardcore with all the elements for hardcore punk fans.
A 21 minute album, what a breath of fresh air. This is the kind of punk I like: high energy, high angst, and a surprising amount of talent in the (otherwise garage-quality) instrumentals. Crazy that this is Minor Threat's only album, considering I recognize the name, and perhaps even crazier that this was released in 1983. The influence that this had on rock for the next decade or two thereafter is palpable. Favorite tracks: Look Back and Laugh, Sob Story, No Reason, Out of Step. Album art: Simple but effective. A black sheep out of step with the herd. Plus the crude illustration of the black sheep opposed to the fine drawing of the rest captures the nature of punk music itself really well. 4/5
Was loud and fun
I never listened to Minor Threat in High School even though I was into punk rock - if I did this album probably would have changed my life.
Solid hardcore punk. You can feel their youth frustration. Love the cover art and how short the album is
There have been some stinkers for me this week so I'm excited to see this album pop up. I need some energy, and I've heard Minor Threat was a huge influence in the early punk scene in the US. This didn't disappoint, it's a pretty short album with 9 songs that are around 2-3 minutes each. The album comes in fast and hard, and blasts by, this almost reminds me of early Thrash metal in a way with how the instruments and played. The singer is yelling and swearing, and generally pissed off then you hear about the straight edge life and the lyrics of Cashing Out were awesome. I had fun with this one, would definitely listen to it again.
This is an album from my youth. Ian MacKaye being a big hero of mine. If I listened to it today without hearing it in my teenage years I don't know what I would rate it. Because of its influence on me its a easy 5.
Frantic and short. so short in fact (21 mins) I listened to the compliation of their initial EPs called "First Two Seven inches" just to clock an extra 19 mins! Proper punk
very cool. Brian Baker!
My father always said, the best 45 minute punk album is 21 minutes long.
Loved it! Early punk is always a fun listen
OMG can't begin to guess how many times I've listened to this! Punk was massive in my community as a kid, and I naturally gravitated to the older, more simplistically brutal early stuff like Minor Threat.
It's Minor Threat, isn't it, of course it's brilliant, concise and fully rargh. Feeling hyped off the back of it! It created a whole subgenre of punk and inspired loads of kids, even years later, to live cleaner, more ethical lives. And it's got jokes too! Though compared to the earlier stuff, this album is bloated at about 3 minutes a song 😉
very good album, a classic
Great album. Went by in a flash.
OG Punk Rock (80s)
Great! too short but definitely listening to again.
It had me from the very first notes! This album is great! I love punk rock!
Very good. But not as great as their first two EPs. The title track is one of my favorite Minor Threat songs. 7/10
Bängeri Hardcore punk
At first I thought it was just a punk album, but seeing that it was one of the first bands to set the trend it gave it a new meaning to it, for what it meant it deserves some kudos
Pues mucha furia en este disquito de paaaaank. Vi, según dicen los que saben, que fue muy influyente y pues lo entiendo. O sea los rifs, la batería, todo me suena a lo que luego sonaban bandas no necesariamente panks. Yo creo que las que me gustaron fueron "It Follows", "Think Again" y "Out of Step", porque luego sí se siente uno bien en discordancia con el mundo (?). 8/10
Divertido y conciso, dan ganas de prenderle fuego a una iglesia.
Dawno nie bylo po punkowemu, to tym razem z grubej rury wjechal minor threat, hamerykanska banda rodem z waszingtonu D.C, grajaca muzyke hardkorowo punkowa, album z 83, wiec z czasow gdy kultura punkowa byla jeszcze dosc egzotyczna, zwlaszcza w stanach, bo poczatki to jednak wyspowanie, ale jak slychac od pierwszych do ostatnich sekund materialu jest hardkorowo, sama plyta jest raczej dosc krotka, bo 21 minut, ale bez zadnych zapychaczy wypelniony wymyslnymi rifowaniami na gitarkach, dynamicznym basem, ktory dotrzymuje tempa temu co jest szarpane na gitarach, do tego drumsy ktore sa dobrze spozycjonowane w tyle sceny, a na tym instrumentalu prawdziwie punkerskie wokale pana Iana Mackaye tworza calosc z ktorej czuc energie hardkorowego punka, jesli chodzi o kontent liryczny, to plyta skupia sie bardziej na zaglebianiu sie we wlasne problemy, taka autorefleksja nad wlasnymi problemami, relacjami z innymi, czy szukaniem sensu w zyciu, a takze bezposrednie zwroty do sluchacza jak na zamykajacym traku cashing in, ktorego nie bylo na orginalnym vinylaku, ale jednak spotifajowa wersja go zawiera, sama nazwa plyty czy okladka naprowadza na podobne skojarzenia, tytulowy kwalek out of step mowi o tym, ze wokalista czuje sie nie na miejscu, tym razem nie z powodu bycia zbyt punkowym anarchista na barykadach, czy na spelunowych libacjach, ale raczej z powodu czystego trybu zycia, oszczedzajac zdrowie i czas zeby porobic cos bardziej kreatywnego, zachowujac przy tym mozliwosci czystego myslenia, wiec material krotki, ale pozytywnie napakowany, wiec na plejke wrzuce 3 traki, tytulowy out of step, look, back & laught i zamykajcy cashing in, a plyta do kolekcji zplusowanych leci
Como que el punk crudo y rudo nunca ha sido muy mi onda, no conozco tantas bandas ni sé nada de la escena. Escuchando este álbum, pues no hubo nada que me hiciera pensar en la gran influencia musical que de seguro tuvo esta banda (que no conocía), pero ya investigando vi que al parecer sí. Con todo esto lo único que quiero decir es que no tengo las bases para evaluarlos jajajja, pero al parecer fueron chidos.
Quite enjoyed it. Possibly because very short
A really solid punk album, but the latter half gets a little repetitive for me. There are some fun, creative tracks on here, though!
А ведь отличный альбом. Возможно, первый хардкор-панк альбом в моей жизни, пусть и миньон. Ранее думал, что хардкор-панк - это то, что выходит, когда злая молодёжь не умеет играть митол. То есть нечто неполноценное. Но тут ощущается некоторая целостность, самобытность. Интересные композиции, яркие хуки, славное качество записи. Басовые партии радуют, в основном тем, что я их слышу, не вслушиваясь. Гитарные партии для панка тех лет также звучат довольно продвинуто. Вокал на себя одеяло не перетягивает, просто гармонично достраивает композиции. На самом деле мог бы поставить 5. Но задумался, хотел бы я кинуть альбом на плеер? На самом деле нет. Даже дальше знакомиться ныне особенно настроения нет. Но не признать заслуг не могу. Они там ещё вроде за отказ быдлятских привычек топят, такое одобряем. И обложка вполне годная.
качево отцы валят. Это, конечно, ещё не Фугази, но Маккей уже ебёт всё и вся своей необузданной агрессией. Запоминающихся хуков, конечно, не особо завезли, но здесь и не про это. Просто лютый угар, дичайший гитарный рёв и годные кричалки с редкими, но солидными проигрышами. Не пятёра, конечно, я всё-таки не особо большой фан хардкора, но на 7/10 вполне по эмоциям отбилось, вживую вероятно это вообще пиздец был.
Didn't know Minor Threat would be on here very happy to see it 😁 never really given them time of day but yeh, OG punk so mint. Turns out this is their first album, so, before the Straight Edge track. Not as good as the 2nd album. 4/5 for being OGs
Pretty solid rock anthem.
Love listening to early genre music, because it sounds so basic but you can hear where every subsequent band found at least part of their sound. Imagine Green Day listening to this and then making their early EPS.
Now this was fun. Listened to it while making myself some lunch and the record was almost done by the time I sat down to eat. Some classic fast, high-energy punk stuff. Can't go wrong with it.
Aye it's fun, it's good, not biggest fan of vocals, but guitar work's quality.
Heavy but short punk
Listening to this was like going to a theme park and instead of going on the big thrill rides with massive queues, you visit the rollercoaster that's smaller and more simplistic but fun anyway. 22 minutes seemed short when first inspected but its the perfect amount for this punk rocket of an album.
Really liked this. Not sure why.
I like this album a lot, but it doesn't have any of my favorite Minor Threat songs. I prefer the other version of Out of Step, and in general, the material on the Minor Threat and In My Eyes EPs. One of those or one of their compilation albums would've been a better choice IMO.
This was fun. Not the biggest fan of punk vocals sometimes, but this album had some rocking tunes and was fun through out it's very short length. Given I've gotten some really long albums recently, that's a huge plus.
Amazing how you can make an album under 22 minutes long and it still feels perfectly satisfying. Also, whether Ian Mackaye likes it or not, I do detect a hint of what would become emo here...
Hardcore punk comes to spit in your face again, but this one cares while it's pushing you over in the pit. It recognises that we've all been kicked down - it's time to help each other up. Best Tracks: Betray; Look Back and Laugh; Little Friend
Pounding down a couple cans of lager while listening to this feels more than a little wrong, but perhaps calling this an album while clocking in at under 22 minutes is wrong too? It's been a busy weekend so I'm not going to complain about the brevity today. It does raise a good question about what constitutes an album and what separates it from an EP though. Number of tracks? Running time? Some kind of combination of the two? All that aside, I'm generally a fan of hardcore punk, and I have nothing but respect for Ian Mckaye. He might just be the most authentic punk that ever lived. Guess it depends on your definition of punk. To me it's more about idealism than nihilism though, so I'd vote for Ian Mckaye over Sid Vicious any day.
A sheer blast of hard punk fun that respects your time. Favourites: "Betray", "It Follows", "Out Of Step"
Stevige punk! niet 100% van genoten, maar wel een goed album
Fantastic example of hardcore punk, a genre I enjoy. Lyrics were hard to hear in some songs which is common with a lot of punk bands early recordings. I will be listening to more Minor Threat.
very short album
Solid punk rock.
This is a timeless and influential album. I see the appeal! Sounds better through headphones. Best Songs: Look Back & Laugh, Cashing In, It Follows Worst Songs: Little Friend
Favorite song: Cashing In.
Top tier hardcore punk. Though compared with their early demos and eps this has lost some of the frenetic energy in service of more complex production and song structure - See the intro on Look back and laugh; a proper guitar intro? Feels weird in a minor threat song.
Great raw early 80s punk rock. I'd never given these guys a listen so glad it came up in the rotation. Also never realized that punk could be good for background work music.
Hair/glam metal dominated this period in the 80s and inevitably got caught up into listening to those bands. Then a friend introduced me to Minor Threat and other similar bands like Black Flag and I was hooked. I fucking love this album. Outstanding debut.
Great classic punk album.
I was introduced to Minor Threat my Freshman year of college by a bunch of straight edge friends. This brought back fun memories.
Always relevant. Hard, tight, angry - and why not.
Hardcore punk clásico. Un 4.
Great basslines, emotional vocal deliveries, the straightedge ethos, and an energetic mix of punk and metal that became known as "hardcore punk." Classic album that holds up after 40 years and has gone to influence many bands to come. I enjoy later music in the genre more but it's hard to overlook the importance of this album in the history of hardcore.
Banger, just what you need in morning traffic or when fighting after work
Just a solid punk record. Doesn't stay longer than it needs to. Plus, Ian MacKaye gets a thumbs up from me in every form. Favorite tracks: "Sob Story", "It Follows"
GOOD FUCKING PUNK! Without the 80s punk scene in Arlington, Virginia and Washington D.C., Nirvana would not have been what it was. The Foo Fighters wouldn't exist and music would be a different world than what we know now. I am a much bigger fan of MacKaye's work on this than I was on Fugazzi when that came up for me. Good album that I was happy to listen to.
I like Minor Threat. While "Out of Step" isn't one of my most favorite punk albums but it's definitely a mood that I pull for now and again. More importantly, this step into hardcore punk spawned multiple whole subgenres and inspired an absolute TON of hardcore bands that I do love. The scene owes them a debt as does 20-year-old me. That's worth an extra star right there.
Fuck yeah. Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game soundtrack music, which is a big compliment for me. Favorite track: Think Again
Before today I hadn't heard of Minor Threat. This was a true hardcore punk album, and it did what all good punk albums do, it came in loud, fast, and heavy, said what it had to, and got out. The whole album consisted of 9 songs, and the total album play time was only 21 minutes. The lyrical delivery was fast, raw and angry. The bass playing was stellar on this record!! It is a shame that Minor Threat didn't stay together longer to create more content, because it is easy to see the influence that just the one studio album that they made had on future bands. Favourite songs: Betray (the part when they slow the tempo down in the middle of this song is awesome), "Look, Back & Laugh" , Sob Story Least favourite song: if forced to pick one, Cashing In (I just didn't like the lyrical delivery as much, but it is still a teriffic song) 4/5
Balls to the wall punk music, classic for the era and genre. Clearly influenced many punk bands to follow.
Hardcore punk clásico. Un 4.
Solid album punk hardcore pioneer, better than most than followed
Short songs, microphone distorsion and a guy screaming 4/5
This is a perfect example of how a hardcore punk album should be. Fast paced, short, politically incorrect, aggressive and with an extremely cheap production. It's still not as good as "First Two Seven Inches" though
Love minor threat- hadn't heard this one somehow. 4 stars
Yeah it was grand?
I found this to be a unique eye-opener to the world of punk rock music. The sound is completely out of my own range of music interests, however I enjoyed the record, and felt that the short length (23 minutes) made up for a cohesive body of work. While it's not something I would personally listen to, I enjoyed listening and reading about how this album has become such a landmark within its genre.
The only thing that makes me love this album is that it was their only studio album. For me it’s a kind of sophomoric punk which is I guess the point of punk.
Corto pero sabrosón... punk light
This was quite irrelevant but! affer all those hideous 80's synths, I think it deserves a better rank just for being different.
Me sentí en un juego de Tony Hawk, no soy fan del Punk pero a la vez es un guilty pleasure que tiene sus momentos
Really enjoyed this hardcore album :) clear to hear the influence they’ve had on some bands I really like
Gut zum Sport nach einem richtig nervigen Tag, nach dem zweiten Mal Hören ging's mir besser :D
Some good energetic punk
Imo sam razdoblje kad se minor threat roko uz punks not dead bedževe na torbi.
Moraš bit u tom mindsetu ljutnje, nabrijanosti i agresije jer za šta su većinom hc punk albumi (u ovom slučaju EP) nego za to. Minor Threat je veoma poznat ovako općenito, a i dosta je utjecao na opstanak/stvaranje/održavanje scene iako imaju samo 3 EPa, bez albuma! Al men ti je to sve isto, više manje.
real punk rock. not necessarily my cup of tea but actually pretty good 3.5
Definitely more my speed. I hear Hüsker Dü in there. Not sure who was influencing who. Zen Arcade was out around the same time.
Thought this was solid, can see Green Day being influenced by this band.
Pretty good punk sound. Surprisingly explicit for the time, which is fine but it's just surprising. The flow does break down into screaming and yelling at times, which is a bit of a turn off.
Wow 20 bonne minutes de punk rock. Ca faisait longtemps mais je ne deteste pas, ca s’ecoute bien dans certiane situation. 3.75
Too punk rock
Ahead of its time, but a relatively barebones record by modern standards. The soundtrack to a Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game I haven't played yet
Angry and loud but not tight. Reminds me of early English Oi
9 songs, 21 minutes. Lovely stuff. It sounds exactly like I thought it would.
Garage rock. venga, un 3.
First listen. Easy to enjoy. 3/5
I was a bit surprised to find this album on here. I like punk rock but Minor Threat is just OK - I've never been into hardcore or straight edge.
Makes me wanna play Tony Hawk's 3
Obviously this stuff isn’t my bag. Too youthful and angry for a man of my vintage. Could appreciate some of it though!
Had never heard of this band before. But had heard their influence through Greenday. Big time.
Classic punk. Holds up well. Definitely have to be in the right mood though.
Good old school punk
Muy raro disco, especialmente puesto en el contexto de ser de 1983… Quizá adelantado a su tiempo, en una época donde el Punk todavía no tenía lo hardcore y quizá los hizo sonar todavía más raro de lo que son. Noto como pudieron ser influencia a Green Day, NOFX y muchas otras cosas de Punk gringo que vinieron después.
Punk que gustó tomando en cuenta que no me gusta el punk. Por otro lado, es ruido agradable y listo, parece una gran canción que no estorba y ya, eso sí con mucha energía.
Classic punk rock. Short, fast songs of every permutation of the same 5 guitar cords. Yelling and screaming angry nonsense, with a drummer that is among best in the genre. If you have 20 minutes you can finish the album. Depends what you think about punk - love it or hate it, this is a solid representation!
Genre: Hardcore Punk 3/5 A pivotal movement in the hardcore scene, a hodgepodge of former DC acts themselves, DC act Minor Threat put out what is widely considered one of the most essential releases in the genre. Punk rock had gone somewhat mainstream by the early 80s, but DC took it and made it heavier, louder, and more in your face. Teen angst at its fucking best. While you certainly can hear nearly every group that came after them, whether it be other hardcore DC acts like Fugazi, or later pop punk legends like Green Day and My Chemical Romance, songs like Sob Story and Little Friend are big time, goofy highlights that show the best the genre has to offer. However, this 22-minute barrage was a bit grating at times for me, and while I understand that’s the point, that certainly doesn’t make it more enjoyable. Essential listen, though.
Alright I guess. Kinda like the ramones
Apparently these guys invented Straight Edge. I'm not sure I would want to put that on my resume, but we've all got to forge our way in this world, and they found something that works for them, which is nice. Best track: Cashing In
Short, too trashy
Ma è cortissimo! Punk essenziale, fin troppo. Boh, sono tutte un po' così, senza una vera canzone che emerge. Carino, ma troppo breve.
This would have been a great gig in the early 80s. The album itself is one speed: full pace, top gear. It's a short run time but more than enough to listen to. I'm left a little unsure about what just happened, but I quite like that.
Decent punk album that clearly served as an inspiration for later bands. Nothing overly standout. Very short album at only about 21 minutes, but on brand for punk songs.
Very foundational sound for later punk, particularly The Offspring and Rage. Some clever instrumentation and irony as well.
It's not terrible but I don't like punk
It's cool, a very specific genre of punk that I'm not the most famialr with to be honest.
I like the general ethos and sound but there wasn't a track that I was like "hell ya this is the one". Hard to rate really, it's between a 3 and a 4 for me but since I didn't gravitate towards a specific song I'll downgrade to 3.
Yeah... I can hear the influence this had on certain punk bands I was into for a short time in high school. So I can appreciate it, but mostly I find it irritating.
Loved the guitar production and as a fan of punk, generally not a bad album. I appreciate them recognizing that punk albums should not be more than 30 minutes. Definitely an unnecessary album for the list though.
Loud, aggressive, angsty punk rock. I liked it, but I didn't love it. There's classic punk rock like The Ramones that I'll always adore, and then there's all this other stuff that I'm just too old for now, like Minor Threat. I no longer connect with bands like this but I appreciate what they did and what they offer to burgeoning punks that are young enough to connect with their message. Worth noting that I absolutely adore this album art!
It's definitely short and to the point!
Good stuff. Short and to the point. 3 stars.
Its pretty straightforward but enjoyable nonetheless
Liked it, intense but thrashing. Would love to learn the lyrics, insane that it came out so early.
Not bad and it's a short album. I've never been in to this genre of music though. Probably won't come back to it.
The future of indie rock. Rock like exploding granite. (6/10) FT: Betray
Cool early 80’s punk. Some compelling tracks.
there are multiple lineages of punk (blurred, naturally). the stuff i listen to is clearly in the lineage that includes minor threat. had no idea the sound goes this far back!
6/10. Nothing to write home about.
Had never heard. I like anything with spoken word aspects.
I mean... what's not to like about this? Shy of 4 stars for me because I'm more of a Fugazi guy and I'm not into punk enough to stay engaged with such a same-y collection of songs, even at a concise 21min runtime. Is "13 Songs" on this list? That'd probably be a 4-star'er for me.
I like the punk era music. This fits in well with that
I didn't realize this band was that old! I like ska but this one was a little too much distortion for my liking nowadays.
I saw the overall review score for this album and got a little worried, but afterwards I realize that's just because I'm guessing most aren't the biggest punk fans, and that's okay. I'm really not either, but I did generally enjoy this album. It did get a little repetitive at times but it's shortness and raw energy made up for it. I mean, I didn't find it anything super special, but it was still enjoyable.
Building-block punk. This has a distinct clean-kid vibe to it - checks notes: Ian MacKay, checks out - which is a little unusual for the space. Forty years old, but still feels current. As in, pieces of this are clearly getting released. A palette-cleanser-type listen.
I have occasionally diagnosed the misguided American tendency to follow a genre's tropes by rote, with deviancy from the standard seen as a betrayal. I mean, how many American bands over the years have offered their stab at Dust My Broom, only to reveal a version that's just another version of Dust My Broom, with no original ideas added as if they would profane a sacred article? Or if we consider the vastness rap has the potential to cover, why do so many rappers still restrict themselves to the cul-de-sac of gangsta rap? The American development of hardcore punk strikes me as a paradigm of this genre inflexibility. I talked about it during my review of Black Flag's Damaged, but it feels even more apposite to elaborate whilst reviewing Minor Threat. Let's look at how two countries' independent ripenings of punk servd as a natural experiment: the United States and the United Kingdom. In Blighty, the first wave of punk (Sex Pistols, Clash, Damned blah blah blah) led to no single response, but multitudes upon multitudes of bands each furrowing their own path. What exactly links Joy Division, the Slits, Orange Juice, ABC, the Specials, Sham 69, Crass, Gary Numan and Frankie Goes to Hollywood? Nothing at all, except that they were responding to the same provocations yelled by the 1977 bands. In America though, the inspiring new vistas mapped by the likes of the Stooges became bound, staid territories when American bands decided that punk just meant playing hard, fast and short. Yes, we have exceptions like Devo and the no wave bands, but most American punk sought to codify what became known as hardcore punk. Is it me, or is hardcore a pretty lame name for a genre? Surely it smacks of trying far too hard to sound hard, making it appear rather wussy? And if any hardcore band were wussy, it's obviously Minor Threat. Minor Threat were a group of Washington DC teenagers who became movers-and-shakers in that city's punk scene (sometimes written harDCore, aggravatingly). One of their first releases, the song Straight Edge, was a vow to eschew booze, drugs and promiscuity; this became the anthem for a subculture of abstinents called straight edge. It is this advertising of themselves, this sanctimoniousness, that makes straight edge practitioners insufferable. But it's not really the rejection of intoxicants that offends me, it's the sexual puritanism. Didn't the novel 1984 have a Junior Anti-Sex League? Why would you want to abolish the orgasm? This is not to say I don't appreciate some hardcore punk. Hardcore punk can exhilarate. But just as the body builds up a tolerance to narcotics when overindulged, the soul swiftly becomes blasé to hardcore punk when that's all the waiter suggests. So, the noise on Out of Step (another name that's a cock-obvious yet futile attempt to sound tough) is fine and you may well enjoy the 20 minutes; I did. But it's just one noise, and minute 4 sounds like minute 18. I can't really fathom why Minor Threat became relatively iconic. And the name is only half right: they're not a threat, but they are minor.
This was an EP and not an entire album, but it was still enjoyable to listen to and I really enjoyed it. Favorites are Cashing In, and Betray.
Garage rock. venga, un 3.
Nine interesting and intense cuts on a solid record for the hardcore punk scene.
Punk rock vibes without any aspect that really stood out to me. Just fine.
Oddly enough I liked this more than I thought I would. Punk music is very hit or miss for me. Probably will give this another listen.
Very good punk album
1983. Key Songs: Betray, It Follows, Look, Back & Laugh
not my thing
Not my cup of tea
I generally like punk rock, but I am more of a pop punk fan. This was the precursor to that. Not really for me.
9 songs, 21 mins. They come in, trash the place, then leave before you get a chance to form an opinion. Maybe that was the whole idea of punk, 'quick get it done before anyone realises!' It's all basic punk, enjoyable for a little bit. They had a great band name, but I never understood why they're considered better than lots of other punk.
@@. boring punk.
Middle of the road punk record. Aggressive sound but not much else to recommend.
proper hardcore punk
Pues eso. A mí no me gustó pero de que son unos adelantados a su época lo son. Suenan más vigentes que The Offspring.
I'm not sure what made these boys so angry but it's been a while since I've seen a 22 minute album over nine tracks that is punk rock. After clash and ramones, I don't know why anyone would try to replicate that but these fellas gave it their best. Unfortunately, their best, just like their album and art, was out of step.
My review which embodies the soul of this album: Not bad. Fun. Fast paced. Tight. One note. Short. Roots of Punk Rock/Hardcore. Lacks strong melodies. 2.
It likely comes as no surprise this isn't my punk cup of tea. Reason number 1: one dimensional anger. Reason number 2: not a single melody, just yelling. I had a terrible temper as a 5 year old. I punched a couple holes in my bedroom walls. My parents had a tough time knowing how to handle it. Who knows why I was angry. It generally felt like some form of injustice, but who knows what specifically. I probably didn't get something I wanted and lost my temper frequently. I think 5 year old Ashton would've loved Minor Threat and whatever vague injustices they're getting ornery about. C- Postscript: straight edge is funny as hell. Especially violent vegan straight edge shows at noon on a Sunday.
Doesn't take long for fatigue to set in when an album is as bombastic as this. Simply too much going on to recommend.
Das Tempo und die Gitarren sind toll, der Gesang ist mir leider zu monoton um es lange zu hören.
Precursor to Nirvana. 80s punk rock. Not awful.
Some nice melodies hidden behind the scratchy guitars. Straight edge baby!
Not my taste, too noisy and aggressive. Good bass work all the same.
Gitarre differenzierter als erwartet Gesang gewollte Katastrophe Hardcore Punk halt
Nicht schlecht, aber höre sowas einfach nicht mehr...
Nothing like starting the day with some good punk rock. Iconic.
Not a one of these could be sung a Capella... The energizer bunny tires out before this drummer. Not a fan
Another trim range of music and vocals. Lots of influence over later bands such as early Offspring
First Listen. Never heard of these guys before. Good punk rock. I enjoyed it. Like to hear more. 2/5
I couldn't tell the difference between these songs
bad fast rock
Apparently super influential and a turning point in musical history. Don’t really see that myself. At 20mins at least it did not out stay it’s welcome
I listened to a little hardcore punk back in the 80s when it was more prevalent, so I wouldn't be surprised if I've heard these guys or this album before, I just have no memory of it. They are a good example of the sound of that time and genre. They play real tight. It's a bit same-sounding and too thrashy at times for me, but it's performed and recorded really well. Not the kind of music I listen to anymore, so I doubt I'll revisit this one.
Fine, good, 1983 hardcore. No hits for me to remember, but the skill is there.
Only 20 minutes long and I still had to take a break. Not a fan of the vocals or the wall of noise, myself.
May be influential but not for me
Sounds like they did it all in one take, and didn't throw anything away. I get that it's the genre, but why?
if you like punk
Very shouty, fast guitar rock - sort of post-punk. Nothing special, why is it on this list?
Okay I get it. You put your ears in a blender and you power it with angst and rage for around twenty minutes. I get it. But that doesn't mean that I enjoy it. Still, it's remarkably better than the Circle Jerks album that I got a while ago. And that closing track is a beast!
Minor Threat are massively influential on punk/hardcore. This was their only album and so I see why it was on this list, and the critical consensus is that they were becoming more adventurous with their musical structures and reflecting on their own thematic concerns on contributions. But, really, it is their early singles that wrote the playbook for hardcore (esp. straight edge) and should be the required listening. I am glad I listened to this, but don't feel the need to ever listen again. (I find hardcore fun live, but find recorded hardcore inessential).
Started well, then got annoying.
Yet another hardcore punk album that is exactly the same and has only it's short runtime going for it
I've propbably heard a track from Minor Threat, but never listened to the band. I'm glad the tracks were short. All of the vocals are yelling or talking. The music is related to punk with influences from metal. I did not enjoy listening to this album.
What a waste of time and anger. There seems a distant chance Ian Mc has a sense of humor about this ... but it's distant. One pities all the people who had these t-shirts, as if the in-joke was worth knowing.
Punk is a very hard listen for me. Every song sounded exactly the same. With that being said, cashing in was my favorite track and the slowest on the album.
Not great for work listening
Minor Threat are massively influential on punk/hardcore. This was their only album and so I see why it was on this list, and the critical consensus is that they were becoming more adventurous with their musical structures and reflecting on their own thematic concerns on contributions. But, really, it is their early singles that wrote the playbook for hardcore (esp. straight edge) and should be the required listening. I am glad I listened to this, but don't feel the need to ever listen again. (I find hardcore fun live, but find recorded hardcore inessential and repetitive).
Not really my bag. But they do what they do do well. I do like the sound of the bass-playing.
A high-energy start to my random journey into the 1001! I'd never heard of this hardcore punk band, which Simon and Peter will probably find either hilarious or appalling. No doubt they were very influential on lots of punk-rock bands that followed, including the ones that I did listen to. It's not something I'd listen to again - the angry but mostly incoherent vocals were a bit too same-samey for me - but I appreciated hearing it for its place in music history. Good variety and change-ups in the arrangements, which isn't always the way for hard & fast punk rock.
Glad this one was only 21 minutes long. I understand that there are many hardcore punk fans out there, but there are numerous other genres that I would rather listen to.