Day 347: Minor Threat – Complete Discography

10 Feb

Betray

Yes, I’m listening to a compilation album, but hear me out.  This isn’t your normal “derp, let’s pull a bunch of random, unconnected songs together in an arbitrary order so we can make some more monies” comp record.  Being a considerate punk rock band, Minor Threat decided to gather every single studio recording of theirs and combine them all, in chronological order, on a single disc.

That sounds intimidating, doesn’t it?  I figured that I’d be listening to this thing for a few days before getting through every song.  Fortunately, Minor Threat only had 26 tracks (recorded in a studio) at the time of Complete Discography’s release.  In true punk rock fashion, this record wraps up in just about 47 minutes.

I was a little worried about flow going into this.  Sure, the songs are in chronological order by release, but most albums, even if by the same band, don’t transition well from one to the other.  I kept waiting for an obvious break to occur, but before I knew it, Complete Discography had run its course, and I couldn’t tell Salad Days from Out of Step. 

That’s just the type of music that Minor Threat made.  In fact, it probably doesn’t matter what song I linked you to up top—you’ll still get the general idea.  Fast, sloppy guitars, reckless drumming, and a whole lot of shouting are prominent in every single song.  Minor Threat knew what they were good at.  Sure, it may get old after 47 minutes, but in smaller chunks, this is really potent stuff.

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One Response to “Day 347: Minor Threat – Complete Discography”

  1. Dave Chops February 11, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    Has the whole world gone mad? His Earship voluntarily listening to a compilation album and not dissing it (much)? While I would concede that running order can effect the enjoyment of an “album” (a term that was coined because back in the day of the 78 RPM record you would literally get an “album” of records) the digital era has freed us to hear tunes in whatever order works for us. For me, serendipity works as well as anything. I used to sweat transitions on my radio show and even mix cassettes. No more. I am a fan of the “shuffle” button. It is amazing to me how unexpected combinations can work.

    That said, every once in an a while an album is put together with a theme, transitions and a running order and it works. For your approval, “Skylarking” by XTC http://www.allmusic.com/album/skylarking-r22377/review on which all of the tunes run into one another. This was producer Todd Rundregen’s idea and initially the band hated it. They have warmed to it over time and you may too.

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