Dischord Records

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Dischord Records
DIS logo m.png
Founded 1980
Founder Ian MacKaye
Jeff Nelson
Genre Punk rock, post-hardcore, indie rock, 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 rock 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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