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Minor Threat
First Demo Tape
Dischord Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Truth be told, I am not totally sure why Dischord released this album. I mean, I love Minor Threat as much as the next guy, but these songs actually sound pretty much exactly like the versions that went on to become Dischord #3, released in 1981, if they are a bit more raw and less produced. With punk rock like this though, that only heightens the appeal. Maybe that's why they released it. I guess if you are a record collecting nerd, which I am, then this will guarantee you a place in Poindexter heaven. That might just be another reason. The classics are all present; "Minor Threat," "Seeing Red," "Straight Edge" and "I Don't Wanna Hear it," along with songs I never really liked such as "Guilty of Being White" with its ambiguous and defensive racial guilt. You get to hear Ian say things like "How'd that sound?" in between takes, and if you squint hard enough at the insert while listening to his comments, you can almost feel like you were at Inner Ear while these young ones were recording. All kidding aside, I love Minor Threat. I was probably 14 or 15 when I first heard them. It was 1991 or so, 10 years after they recorded the songs on this album. The rawness, the playfulness, the intensity, the wound up aggression- these things were a sharp countrast to the Cure, Smiths and Duran Duran I had been listening to for the previous few years. I am sure that many people can relay their own personal punk rock discovery stories when talking about bands like this, so I won't bore you any further with mine. It is hard not to though, when speaking of Minor Threat, or Black Flag, or Bad Brains, or Crass for that matter. If nothing else, First Demo Tape is a time capsule recording of early versions of great songs by a great band.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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