Dischord Records

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Dischord Records
DIS logo m.png
Founded 1980
Founder Ian MacKaye
Jeff Nelson
Genre Punk rock
Hardcore punk
Industrial metal
Indie rock
Alternative rock
Country of origin United States
Location Washington, DC
Official website www.dischord.com

Dischord Records is a Washington, D.C.-based independent record label specializing in the independent punk music of the D.C.-area music scene. The label is co-owned by Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson, who founded Dischord in 1980 to release Minor Disturbance by The Teen Idles.[1][2] Along with other independent American labels such as Twin/Tone, Touch and Go Records, and SST Records, Dischord helped to spearhead the nationwide network of underground bands that formed the pre-Nirvana indie-rock scene.[3] These labels presided over the shift from the hardcore punk that then dominated the American underground scene to the more diverse styles of alternative rock that were emerging.[4]

The label is most notable for employing the do-it-yourself ethic, producing all of its albums by itself and selling them at discount prices without finance from major distributors.[5] Dischord continues to release records by bands from Washington D.C., and to document and support the Washington D.C. music scene.[6]

Dischord was a local label in the early days of hardcore, and is one of the more famous independent labels, along with the likes of Alternative Tentacles, Epitaph Records, SST Records, and Touch & Go Records.[5]

The logo of the label was created by Nelson, who has an associate degree in advertising design.[7]


Bands such as Minor Threat,[8] Government Issue,[9] The Faith,[10] Void,[11] Iron Cross,[9] Embrace,[12] Rites of Spring,[12] Nation of Ulysses,[12] Scream,[13] Soulside, S.O.A., the Teen Idles, Gray Matter, Jawbox,[12] Marginal Man,[12] Shudder to Think,[12] Dag Nasty,[12] Lungfish and Fugazi[5] have released records on Dischord.

Additions to the Dischord roster as of the late 1990s and 2000s include Q and Not U,[5] Beauty Pill, Antelope, French Toast, Faraquet, Black Eyes, The Aquarium, Title Tracks, Edie Sedgwick, Slant 6, and Andalusians. Many of these acts, notably Q and Not U and Black Eyes, are both influential and experimental post-hardcore bands.


  1. ^ Azerrad 2001, p. 132.
  2. ^ Blush 2001, p. 138.
  3. ^ Dolan, Jon (January 2005). "The Revival of Indie Rock". Spin 21 (1): 53.
  4. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2006). Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-1-1012-0105-3. 
  5. ^ a b c d Cogan 2008, p. 82.
  6. ^ Cogan 2008, p. 83.
  7. ^ Beaujon, Andrew (May 2003). "Out of Step with the World". Spin 19 (5): 86.
  8. ^ Blush 2001, p. 142.
  9. ^ a b Blush 2001, p. 147.
  10. ^ Blush 2001, p. 146.
  11. ^ Blush 2001, p. 150.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g Blush 2001, p. 157.
  13. ^ Blush 2001, p. 148.

References and bibliography[edit]

  • Azerrad, Michael (2001). Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991. New York: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0-316-78753-1. 
  • Blush, Steven (2001). George Petros, ed. American Hardcore: A Tribal History. Feral House. ISBN 978-0-922915-71-2. 
  • Cogan, Brian (2008). The Encyclopedia of Punk. New York: Sterling. ISBN 978-1-4027-5960-4. 

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