Out of Step (album)

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Out of Step
Minor Threat - Out of Step.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1983
RecordedJanuary 1983 at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, Virginia
GenreHardcore punk
ProducerDon Zientara and Minor Threat
Minor Threat chronology
In My Eyes
Out of Step
Minor Threat

Out of Step is the sole studio album by American hardcore punk band Minor Threat. It was released on 45 RPM vinyl in April 1983 through Dischord Records. Although Out of Step has only been released on CD in limited quantities, it has been repressed on vinyl as recently as 2010[1], and all tracks from the album are available on Minor Threat's 1989 compilation album Complete Discography.


After a temporary break-up in 1982, Minor Threat entered Inner Ear Studios in January 1983 to record Out of Step. Recording duties were handled by Don Zientara. While the lyrics on their early EPs were an outlet for MacKaye's message, the lyrics on Out of Step deal mainly with friendships and problems associated with them. The first vinyl pressing of the album (with plain black cover) is contained on the Complete Discography compilation. After the second pressing, the band remixed the album, which remained in print on vinyl into the 2000s. The most notable differences are that the guitar on the bridge and MacKaye's scream at the end of "Out of Step" are added to the remix, and an almost completely different mix of the lead guitars on the final track named "Cashing In" on the Complete Discography, though unnamed on the first two vinyl pressings. The remixed vinyl is distinguishable by a colored stripe with suggested retail price across the front, and "Dischord 10 UK" and "Utopia" in the dead wax. In the mid-2000s, the album was remastered on vinyl by Chicago Mastering Service, with no stripe.


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[3]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[4]

Out of Step was met with positive reviews and ratings. Ned Raggett of AllMusic awards it four-and-a-half out of five stars and states: "Building on the promise and fire of the band's earlier singles, Out of Step instantly became iconic for American hardcore, not to mention for the D.C. scene, for years to come, as well as any number of bands who conflated personal and social politics."[2]


Out of Step has received a number of accolades and is cited as a landmark album of the hardcore punk genre. It is mentioned in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Publication Accolade Rank
Pitchfork Media Top 100 Albums of the 1980s 100[5]
Spin Ten Reasons Why We Wish SPIN Had Started in 1984 9[6]
Loudwire Top 80 Hard Rock & Metal Albums Of The 1980s 19[7]
FACT The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s 7[8]
NME The 15 Best Hardcore Albums of All Time unranked list[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Minor Threat.

  1. "Betray" – 3:04
  2. "It Follows" – 1:50
  3. "Think Again" – 2:18
  4. "Look Back and Laugh" – 3:16
  5. "Sob Story" – 1:50
  6. "No Reason" – 1:57
  7. "Little Friend" – 2:18
  8. "Out of Step" – 1:20
  9. "Cashing In" (uncredited track on original vinyl version) – 3:43




  1. ^ "Minor Threat - Out Of Step at Discogs". discogs. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Out of Step – Minor Threat". AllMusic. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
  3. ^ Kemp, Mark (2004). "Minor Threat". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 544. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  4. ^ Weisband, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  5. ^ "Top 100 albums of the 1980s". Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  6. ^ "List of Out of Step Accolades". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
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  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ nme

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