I decided to dedicate this blog post to Straight Edgers. So, what is so wonderful about Straight Edgers is that they are cool people – they are hardcore punker/rockers, who DOES NOT drink, smoke, nor use other recreational drugs …. and they don’t have sex before monogamous relationship.
So, basically why I think they are so wonderful is that because I can relate to them as I do not smoke nor drink, though I am not that into hardcore music, but still (… and well I’m not cool, but, hey, it gives me hope :P)
Straight Edge was a direct reaction to the sexual revolution, hedonism, and excess associated with punk rock. The term was adopted from the song “Straight Edge” by the 1980s hardcore punk band Minor Threat. Straight edge emerged amid the mid-1980s hardcore punk scene. Since then, a wide variety of beliefs and ideas have been incorporated into the movement, including vegetarianism, animal rights, communism and Hare Krishna beliefs.
- hardcore punk/rock/metal music taste
- no smoke
- no drink
- no sex
- vegan/vegetarian lifestyle
- wear symbol X
- may be more conservative than other youngs
1970-early 1980: Straight edge grew out of hardcore punk in the late 1970s and early 1980s in East Coast of the United States in Washington D.C., and quickly spread throughout the US and Canada. They were partly characterized by shouted rather than sung vocals.
Straight edge individuals praised the original punk ideals such as individualism, disdain for work and school, and live-for-the-moment attitudes.
Straight edge sentiments can be found in songs from:
- band Minor Threat,especially the song “Straight Edge”
- English punk band – The Vibrators – song “Keep It Clean”
- Jonathan Richman’s early band – The Modern Lovers – 1970s song “I’m Straight”, (it rejected drug use. He was one of the few prominent 1970s hard rock icons to explicitly eschew alcohol and drug use, singer/guitarist).
- Ted Nugent was also a key influence on the straight edge ideology.
The Modern Lovers
Bent edge: Bent edge was movement that grew from Straight Edge. As Bent Edgers were frustrated by the rigidity and intolerance in the hardcore scene they were rebelling against Straight Edgers by heavy alcohol and drug use. It faded away by the end of 90s.
mid-1980s: In the mid-1980s, the influence of music on the straight edge scene was at an all-time high. Bands had a strong heavy metal influence.
The band Youth of Today song “Youth Crew” expressed their support for Straight Edge. Vegetarianism became an important theme in straight edge. Youth of Today’s 1988 song “No More” supports vegetarianism with disturbing video and lyrics from song: “Meat-eating, flesh-eating, think about it. So callous this crime we commit”. Veganism and animals rights became important.
Bands: Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, Judge, Bold, Chain of Strength, Uniform Choice, and Slapshot.
Youth of Today
1990s: By the early 1990s, militant straight edge was a well-known part of the wider punk and DIY scene. However, straight edgers were not known for being tolerant. They displayed outward pride, outspokenness, and showed a willingness to resort to violence in order to promote their sub-culture. The militant straight edge individual was characterized by being more conservative and less tolerant of homosexuality and abortion.
In the mid-1990s, a number of bands advocating social justice, animal liberation, veganism, and straight edge practices leaned towards metal. During the 1990s, the straight edge scene split into factions: hardline and Krishna Consciousness.
2000s: By the beginning of the 2000s, only small groups of militant straight edge individuals remained. There was a growing amount of tolerance of people who do not follow the straight edge lifestyle by straight edge individuals. The musical styles of the bands involved more varied, ranging from a youth crew revival style to metalcore to posicore.
Bands: Champion, Down to Nothing, Embrace Today, Have Heart, Throwdown.
Down to Nothing
James Hetfield is Straight Edge
The letter X is known for a symbol if Straight Edge. It is worn as a marking on the back of both hands, though it can be displayed on other body parts as well. It can also be incorporated into clothing and pins.
As Straight Edgers are punkers, rockers or metal fans, they wear clothes that are popular among those music styles. Dark clothing. T-shirt should be black with political slogans, or they may be vintage. They can often wear a t-shirt that says Straight Edge, XXX or something else that associates with it. Jeans have to be loose and dark. About footwear, black Combat boots are very Straight Edge. Maybe a bandana around neck and wear hat.
Straight Edgers one style example (SXE is also called Straight Edge)
Straight Edge Girl