Marginal Man

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Marginal man
OriginWashington, D.C., United States
GenresHardcore punk
Years active1983 (1983)–1988 (1988)
1991, 1995, 2011 (reunions)
LabelsDischord, Gasatanka, Enigma, Giant
Past membersSteve Polcari
Pete Murray
Mike Manos
Andre Lee
Kenny Inouye

Marginal Man was an American hardcore punk band from Washington, D.C., that formed in 1983. Three of its members -- Steve Polcari (vocals), Pete Murray (guitar), and Mike Manos (drums) -- had previously played together in Artificial Peace,[1] considered one of the seminal D.C. hardcore bands. After Artificial Peace disbanded, the trio would join up with Andrew Lee (bass) and Kenny Inouye (guitar) to form Marginal Man.

Marginal Man was one of the first D.C. hardcore bands to feature two guitars. The band played together for five years[dubious ] before a (so-called) final performance at the 9:30 Club on March 24, 1988. The band has reunited for several 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 the Black Cat on August 20, 2011.[2]

Guitarist Kenny Inouye is the son of the late 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. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 2015-01-02. Retrieved 2014-09-06.
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