Oh...my....goodness, this record is the epitome of hardcore punk. The word "hardcore" was invented in D.C. and I can see why. Along with the Bad Brains, Minor Threat laid the foundation for D.C. Hardcore. The live performances were amazing, just imagine legions of screaming hardcore kids throwing up their X-markered hands and shouting out lyrics to their favorite Minor Threat songs. That is what it was like on a typical show night in D.C. in '81 or '82. Although Minor Threat were not the first group of straightedgers to come along(Teen Idles), they preached it in songs like no other band. Simply listen to the song "Straightedge," and you'll see what I mean.
The album starts off strong, with Ian yelling out about people who have changed, people who won't shut up, and people doing things that are ridiculous. "Filler" gets the album off to a wonderful start. Then comes "I Don't Wanna Hear It", another exciting track. In the midst of all the F Bombs that are dropped, comes "Straightedge", the anthem for all straightedgers. Clocking in at only :43 seconds, it's still one of the best hardcore sing alongs ever. The album keeps a steady pace for a while, then comes "Guilty Of Being White", my favorite Minor Threat song. The song is about Ian being fed up with everyone who blames him for being white, he can't help it, and, obviously, he feels like he's guilty of being white. "Out Of Step" is the original straightedge rule song. "Don't smoke...Don't drink....Don't f---, at least I can f------g think." The album ends with a couple of Minor Threat's forgotten classics, "Good Guys (Don't Wear White)" and "Salad Days". Please don't "Go out, fight, fight"....and get this album...it will be in your cd player for months.