Sid Vicious would be rolling around in his grave if he knew that there are modern-day punks out there that don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t engage in promiscuous sex and a lot of them are vegan as well.
This worldwide phenomenon has a name and it’s called STRAIGHT EDGE.
The name Straight Edge came from a band in 1981 called “Minor Threat”.
“I’m a person just like you
But I’ve got better things to do
Than sit around and funk my head
Hang out with me the living dead
Snort white shit up my nose
Pass out at the shows
I don’t even think about speed
That’s something I just don’t need”.
Straight Edge began in about 1980-81 with a man in Washington DC called Ian McKay. Straight Edge stems out of the punk thing. At the time there were a lot of punks doing drugs and getting wasted, drinking to excess etc. Basically following the general trends about what was trendy in the punk scene for the time. So as a rebellion against as what punk really was, Ian McKay decided he was going to be different and was not going to conform.
He stopped taking drugs and he started standing up for himself. He kept a clear mind and he wanted to do something useful with the punk scene. What he did was start a new form of music called “hardcore” and that’s how it all started….
On an interview on JJJ today (hack) it was amazing listening to these guys who are into what they call ‘x-ing’ (Straight edging) and refering it to a ‘religious belief’. But not religion as we would know it, rather a religion of social responsability and environmental concern etc.
Ironically they stil beat each other up in their punk dance style… what’s it called, where they beat each other, kick and puch. Like others mosh, the just punch hit and kick on the dance floor!