RELEASE
1988
LABEL
Dischord Records
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Straight-Edge, Hardcore Punk, American Underground, American Punk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk/New Wave

Album Review

Complete Discography compiles Minor Threat's entire body of recordings on a single compact disc. Hardcore, as a rule, wasn't particularly musically diverse, but Minor Threat were one of the genre's groundbreaking acts and their music has held up better than most of their contemporaries. As the de facto leaders of the Washington, D.C., hardcore scene, the band pioneered the straight-edge mentality by emphasizing impossibly fast tempos, brief songs, political lyrics, and a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle. Besides setting the precedent for several generations of punk rockers with their music and ideals, Minor Threat were simply a better band than most hardcore groups. They had a tight, distinctive sound that wasn't as heavy as their Californian counterparts and, therefore, were often more bracing and effective. Although some of the music on Complete Discography, like much of hardcore in general, hasn't aged particularly well -- with its cheap production, rigid song structures, and political concerns, it is very much a piece of the early '80s -- the sound remains invigorating; the band possessed a visceral energy matched by only a handful of their peers. Complete Discography, in fact, is not only one of the cornerstones of any hardcore collection, it's not a bad way to become acquainted with hardcore.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Filler
  2. I Don't Wanna Hear It
  3. Seeing Red
  4. Straight Edge
  5. Small Man, Big Mouth
  6. Screaming at a Wall
  7. Bottled Violence
  8. Minor Threat
  9. Stand Up
  10. 12XU
  11. In My Eyes
  12. Out of Step (With the World)
  13. Guilty of Being White
  14. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
  15. Betray
  16. It Follows
  17. Think Again
  18. Look Back and Laugh
  19. Sob Story
  20. No Reason
  21. Little Friend
  22. Out of Step
  23. Cashing In
  24. Stumped
  25. Good Guys (Don't Wear White)
  26. Salad Days