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So they started setting themselves apart by wearing X's on their hands and by singing angry songs proclaiming: "I'm a person just like you But I've got better things to do Than sit around and fuck 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" Minor Threat wrote this song in 1980 and a name was given to what would become a movement.
The basic beliefs that drugs and alcohol were not needed and should be rejected. 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. The record that would change it all was Can't Close my Eyes.
Uniform Choice, Straight and Alert from the Screaming for Change LP Who drinks the barley? These are best represented by the lyrics of the song that named the era. It was more than words it was a force of change in the world.
Youth of Today, Youth Crew from the Can't Close my Eyes 7" Me you youth crew! The late 1980s and early 1990s found many straight edge bands becoming more and more political and more geographically dispersed.
The 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 30s a rarity in hardcore and especially straight edge.
Though there isn't a specific straight-edge look, this article will teach you how to live the SXE lifestyle.If the world was flat I'd grind the edge To the positive youth my heart I pledge X on my hand now take the oath To positive youth to positive growth To positive minds, to pure clean souls These will be all my goals Walk with me and my crew There is so much shit we can do And we won't stop until we're through The Youth Crew era lasted through the late 80s and straight edge would never be the same. California saw bands like Inside Out, Insted, Chain of Strength, Outspoken, No for an Answer, Carry Nation, Chorus of disapproval and Unbroken. The east coast had Turning Point, Mouthpiece, Flagmen, Crud, Battery, and Lifetime.Brotherhood, No Tolerance (For Ignorance) from Fuck Racism, No Tolerance EP So proud of your country, nationalistic pride So proud of your race, prejudiced mind If you so love your country why can't you see It's made up of all people, no racial boundaries We're dedicated to stop your ignorance Band together to bring you to your knees For your actions we have no tolerance Your blind hate, prejudice, a disease Beating up kids who don't share your views Pull that shit with us and you'll lose We may lose some battles But we'll win this war We may have sat complacent once, no more The mid 1990s saw explosive growth due in large part to the pro animal rights, pro straight edge band Earth Crisis.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.