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    Minor Threat was a straight edge hardcore band. Straight Edge is a term that was coined by Minor Threat's lead singer Ian MacKaye, although he had no intentions of starting a movement.

    Although Minor Threat is known mainly due to this they should be better remembered for what they were and still are: one of the greatest and most influential hardcore bands of all time.


    Ian MacKaye - vocals Lyle Preslar - guitar Brian Baker - guitar Steve Hansgen - bass Jeff Nelson - drums

    They released on the Dischord Label.


    Minor Threat formed in November of 1980. They consisted of four members: Ian MacKaye on vocals, Brian Baker on bass, Lyle Preslar on guitar and Jeff Nelson on drums. On the album "Out of Step", Steve Hansgen played bass and Brian Baker played guitar. In September 1981, Minor Threat broke up when Lyle decided to go to college.


    Dischord Straight Edge Ian MacKaye

    Nike rips off Minor Threat / Dischord[edit]

    original Minor Threat cover vs. Nike commercial

    "You don't need a degree in graphic design to notice the similarities here. They're the fucking same. Oh, wait-- one is blue, not red, one says Major, not Minor, and, uh, okay, there are some Nike logos tossed in there. It sort of brings to mind that old interview in which Vanilla Ice attempted to defend the difference between "Ice Ice Baby" and "Under Pressure" ("dun dun dun duh-duh-duh dun" vs. "DUN dun dun dun duh-duh-duh dun").

    Come on, Nike, your Swoosh is one of the most iconic brand images in the world-- perhaps a tiny notch below the Golden Arches and maybe Coca-Cola. We understand that trading on the image of a legitimately punk rock, anti-corporate institution will lend some desperately needed credibility to your marketing campaign for the hearts of adolescent skate kids. But doesn't knowing full well that that institution-- in this case the venerable Dischord Records -- would never grant you permission for the use of that image, and just steamrolling the fuck over them anyway because your lawyers can beat up their lawyers negate the very ideals with which you're attempting to equate yourselves?"

    But Nike is smart enough to know better, right? They must have asked permission. We spoke to a representative from Dischord Records, Minor Threat's label, if Nike had asked to borrow these images. They said the following: "No, they stole it and we're not happy about it. Nike is a giant corporation which is attempting to manipulate the alternative skate culture to create an even wider demand for their already ubiquitous brand. Nike represents just about the antithesis of what Dischord stands for and it makes me sick to my stomach to think they are using this explicit imagery to fool kids into thinking that the general ethos of this label, and Minor Threat in particular, can somehow be linked to Nike's mission. It's disgusting."

    Pitchforkmedia: Nike Campaign "Borrows" Album Art

    No Touch Monkey: Nike Campaign "Borrows" Album Art

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