Welcome to Tattoodo's Punk Rock Week! We're celebrating everything punk this week — from some scary dudes in New Jersey to heartbroken nerds from SoCal, and everything in between. We bitched about how being a NOFX fan used to be fun and weird, but now it's just problematic. We sniffed glue with The Ramones and dove headfirst into a New York Hardcore circle pit. Now we head to DC and pay homage to the progenitors of Straight Edge.
There are only a handful of bands that can take credit for creating an entire lifestyle, the Grateful Dead and Insane Clown Posse immediately come to mind. Which is kind of funny considering that Deadheads and Juggalos are the polar opposite of the straight edge ethos created by Minor Threat. Rock music had gone hand in hand with general vice for as long as anyone could remember, but when Minor Threat released “Out of Step” they were screaming for a different way of living: “Don't smoke/Don't drink/Don't fuck/At least I can fucking think/I can't keep up/I'm out of step with the world.”
As I put this article together I was able to listen to Minor Threat’s entire discography twice. It’s a shame that they didn’t give us at least a little more music in their time, but damn do I appreciate every single song they recorded. And I bet you do too.