Marginal Man

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For the sociological concept "marginal man", see Marginal man theory.
Marginal Man
Origin Washington, D.C., United States
Genres Hardcore punk
Years active 1983 (1983)–1988 (1988)
1991, 1995, 2011 (reunions)
Labels Dischord, Gasatanka, Enigma, Giant
Past members Steve Polcari
Pete Murray
Mike Manos
Andre Lee
Kenny Inouye

Marginal Man was a punk band that emerged in the Washington, D.C. hardcore scene in 1983. Steve Polcari, Pete Murray, and Mike Manos all had played earlier in Artificial Peace,[1] a band which appears on Dischord Records' important Flex Your Head compilation, an essential document of the 1980s D.C. punk scene.[citation needed] The other two members, Andre Lee and Kenny Inouye, had previously been in the band Toasterhead.[1] Marginal Man played for five years before a final performance at the 9:30 Club on March 24, 1988. They have reunited for shows at the 9:30 Club on August 29, 1991 and December 30, 1995—the second-to-last show at the 9:30 Club's original location—and at Black Cat on August 20, 2011.[2]

Guitarist Kenny Inouye is the son of former Representative, Senator, and Medal of Honor recipient Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii.[3]



  • Identity 12" EP (Dischord Records, 1984)/CD EP (Dischord, 1997)
  • Double Image LP (Gasatanka/Enigma Records, 1985)/CD (In Your Eye, 2000)
  • Marginal Man LP/CS (Giant Records, 1988)


  • "Marginal Man" on the "Alive And Kicking" 7" compilation (WGNS Recordings, 1985)
  • "Stones Of A Wall" on the "State Of The Union" LP compilation (Dischord, 1989)
  • "Friends" on the "Going Nowhere Slow" LP compilation (Double A Records, 1990)
  • "Mainstream" and "Tell Me" on the "...And The Fun Just Never Ends" CD compilation (Lost And Found Records, 1993)
  • "Missing Rungs" and "Manipulator" on the "20 Years Of Dischord" 3xCD compilation (Dischord, 2003)


  • Steve Polcari - Vocals
  • Pete Murray - Guitar, Vocals
  • Kenny Inouye - Guitar
  • Andre Lee - Bass
  • Mike Manos - Drums


  1. ^ a b Righi, Len (April 12, 1986). "Marginal Man: Discontent On The Punk Border", The Morning Call, p. 60.
  2. ^ Marginal Man Reunion At Black Cat Aug 20th, Dischord, June 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Freed, Benjamin R (2012-12-18). "Late Sen. Daniel Inouye Was the Biggest Punk in Congress". DCist. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
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