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What is Straight Edge? Straight edge is a subculture of hardcore punk whose adherents What is Straight Edge? Straight edge is a subculture of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs. It was a direct reaction to the sexual revolution, hedonism, and excess associated with punk rock. For some, this extends to not engaging in promiscuous sex, following a vegetarian or vegan diet, and not using caffeine or prescription drugs. The term was coined by the 1980 s hardcore punk band Minor Threat in their song "Straight Edge".

 All the above bands were active between 1981 and 1984. Things stalled at All the above bands were active between 1981 and 1984. Things stalled at this point. It wasn't until 1985 that a band would come along and change straight edge forever and turn it into the movement that everyone involved today knows and loves. This band was Youth of Today. The record that would change it all was Can't Close my Eyes. During its existence youth of Today featured pretty much a who's who of New York Hardcore. Youth of Today shared members with bands that would define the youth crew and straight edge sound for years to come. Bands like Bold, Side By Side, Gorilla Biscuits, Judge, and Project X. These bands together would form the backbone that all modern straight edge bands benefit from. These are best represented by the lyrics of the song that named the era.

Animal rights Straight edge emerged amid the mid-'80 s hardcore punk scene, in part Animal rights Straight edge emerged amid the mid-'80 s hardcore punk scene, in part as a reaction against the perceived "jock" element of the developing scene. Since then a wide variety of beliefs and ideas have been incorporated into the movement, including vegetarianism, animal rights, communism and Hare Krishna beliefs. In many parts of the United States and UK, straight edge is treated as a gang by law enforcement officials. A 2006 study suggested that only a small minority of the people who identify as straight edge are violent.

 The mid 1990 s saw explosive growth due in large part to the The mid 1990 s saw explosive growth due in large part to the pro animal rights, pro straight edge band Earth Crisis. The more metallic Bands of this era were One King Down, Brother’s Keeper and Strife. Many of these bands and people involved embraced a militant animal rights stance. It was at this time that Straight Edge gained notoriety, incorrectly, for advocating violence and a gang like mentality in places like Salt Lake City Utah. While misconceptions continue to this day, there is no truth or foundation in accusations like these. These stories were isolated and were blown out of proportion and ended many years ago. During this time a large portion of people involved in Straight Edge were vegan however they were and still are viewed as completely seperate beliefs. Now however veganism is not as popular as it once was nor are any of the prominent bands now militant animal rights supporters.

Minor Threat was an American hardcore punk band, formed in Washington, D. C. in Minor Threat was an American hardcore punk band, formed in Washington, D. C. in 1980 and disbanded in 1983. The band was relatively short-lived, but had a strong influence on the hardcore punk scene, both stylistically and in establishing a "do it yourself" (DIY) ethic for music distribution and concert promotion. Minor Threat's song "Straight Edge" became the eventual basis of the straight edge movement, while the band often professed their own "straight edge" ideals. All music described Minor Threat's music as "iconic, " and noted that their groundbreaking music "has held up better than most of their contemporaries. "

Minor Threat – Straight edge I'm a person just like you But I've got Minor Threat – Straight edge I'm a person just like you But I've got better things to do Than sit around and f*** my head Hang out with the living dead Snort white shit up my nose Pass out at the shows I don't even think about speed That's something I just don't need I've got the straight edge! I'm a person just like you But I've got better things to do Than sit around and smoke dope 'Cause I know I can cope Laugh at the thought of eating ludes Laugh at the thought of sniffing glue Always gonna keep in touch Never want to use a crutch I've got the straight edge!

 Influenced by Minor Threat and other Washington DC bands like the Teen Idles Influenced by Minor Threat and other Washington DC bands like the Teen Idles and SOA, the Boston bands SS Decontrol and DYS took the words to heart and expanded on them and expanding Straight Edge's presence within the growing hardcore music genre.

Straight edge grew out of the hardcore punk in the late 1970 s and Straight edge grew out of the hardcore punk in the late 1970 s and early 1980 s, and was partly characterized by shouted rather than sung vocals. Straight edge individuals of this early era often associated with the original punk ideals such as individualism, disdain for work and school, and live-for-the-moment attitudes. Straight edge sentiments can be found in songs by the early 1980 s band Minor Threat, most explicitly within their song "Straight Edge", first wave English punk band The Vibrators song "Keep It Clean" and Jonathan Richman's early band The Modern Lovers 1970 s song "I'm Straight", which rejected drug use. As one of the few prominent 1970 s hard rock icons to explicitly eschew alcohol and drug use, singer/guitarist Ted Nugent was also a key influence on the straight edge

Straight edge started on the East Coast of the United States in Washington D. Straight edge started on the East Coast of the United States in Washington D. C. , and quickly spread throughout the US and Canada. By the 1980 s, bands on the West Coast of the United States, such as America's Hardcore (A. H. C. ), Stalag 13, Justice League and Uniform Choice, were gaining popularity. In the early stages of this subculture’s history, concerts often consisted of non-straight-edge punk bands along with straight edge bands. Circumstances soon changed and the early 1980 s would eventually be viewed as the time "before the two scenes separated". Early straight edge bands included: the Washington D. C. bands Minor Threat, State of Alert (S. O. A. ), Government Issue and Teen Idles; Reno's 7 Seconds; Boston's SSD, DYS and Negative FX; California bands as mentioned above; and New York City bands such as Cause for Alarm and The Abused.

Youth crew During the youth crew era, which started in the mid 1980 s, Youth crew During the youth crew era, which started in the mid 1980 s, the influence of music on the straight edge scene seemed to be at an alltime high. The new branches of straight edge that came about during this era seemed to originate from ideas presented in songs. Many youth crew bands had a strong heavy metal influence. Notable youth crew bands included: Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, Judge, Bold, Chain of Strength, Uniform Choice, and Slapshot. Starting in the mid 1980 s, the band Youth of Today became associated with the straight edge movement, and their song "Youth Crew" expressed a desire to unite the scene into a movement. Vegetarianism became an important theme in straight edge during this era, starting with Youth of Today's 1988 song "No More", which contained the lyrics: "Meat-eating, flesh-eating, think about it. So callous this crime we commit". This catalyzed a trend towards animal rights and veganism within the straight edge movement that would reach its peak in the 1990 s.

 The Youth Crew era lasted through the late 80 s and straight edge The Youth Crew era lasted through the late 80 s and straight edge would never be the same. It was now a movement. It was more than just a set of personal beliefs. It was something more. It was more than words it was a force of change in the world. The late 1980 s and early 1990 s found many straight edge bands becoming more and more political and more geographically dispersed. California saw bands like Inside Out, Insted, Chain of Strength, Outspoken, No for an Answer, Carry Nation, Chorus of disapproval and Unbroken. Seattle saw bands like Brotherhood and Undertow. The east coast had Turning Point, Mouthpiece, Flagmen, Crud, Battery, and Lifetime.

Outside the United States In the early to mid 1990 s, straight edge spread Outside the United States In the early to mid 1990 s, straight edge spread from the United States to Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and South America. Straight edge spread around the world due to the relentless touring of youth crew bands and the ease of ordering record from American record labels via the mail.

2000 The first half of the 2000's have seen a lot of ups and 2000 The first half of the 2000's have seen a lot of ups and downs in both the number of straight edge kids as well as the number of bands. There currently aren't an overwhelming number of straight edge bands as there once were, but the ones that are around are doing it with all their heart. Recently ending bands A. 18 and Over My Dead Body were straight edge super groups made up largely by members from earlier bands and all involving men in their 30 s a rarity in hardcore and especially straight edge. Some bands that keeping things alive and spreading the message, With Honor, Casey Jones, Champion, The Answer, and Blue Monday

Symbol Xof straight edge, and is The letter X is the most known symbol Symbol Xof straight edge, and is The letter X is the most known symbol sometimes worn as a marking on the back of both hands, though it can be displayed on other body parts as well. Some followers of straight edge have also incorporated the symbol into clothing and pins. According to a series of interviews by journalist Michael Azerrad, the straight edge X can be traced to the Teen Idles' brief U. S. West Coast tour in 1980. The Teen Idles were scheduled to play at San Francisco's Mabuhay Gardens, but when the band arrived, club management discovered that the entire band was under the legal drinking age and therefore would be denied entry to the club. As a compromise, management marked each of the Idles' hands with a large black X as a warning to the club's staff not to serve alcohol to the band. Upon returning to Washington, D. C. , the band suggested this same system to local clubs as a means to allow teenagers in to see musical performances without being served alcohol. The Teen Idles released a record in 1980 called Minor Disturbance with the cover shot being two hands with black X's on the back. The mark soon became associated with the Straight Edge lifestyle.

The Straight Edge Society (S. E. S. ) was a villainous alliance in the The Straight Edge Society (S. E. S. ) was a villainous alliance in the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that appeared on its Smack. Down brand. The concept behind the group was based around the straight edge lifestyle, which promotes and abides to abstinence and discipline - primarily no smoking, drinking, or drugs. The group acted as a militant organization, denouncing all people who don't live the straight edge lifestyle, even those who also abstain from substance abuse. New members were required to shave their heads, which signified a "new beginning. " The founder and leader of the group was CM Punk, a real-life straight edge follower.