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Albums Of The Week: Minor Threat | Out of Step Outtakes EP

The D.C. punk legends treat you to a trio of leftovers from a 1983 recording session.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “In January 1983, Minor Threat went into Inner Ear Studio for the first time as a five-piece (Brian Baker had moved from bass to second guitar and Steve Hansgen was now playing bass). They had six new songs that would end up being the centerpiece of what became the Out Of Step EP.

The band had also decided to re-record the song Out If Step with some extra language to try to clarify the lyrics, as well as Cashing In, a tongue-in-cheek song about the D.C. punk scene which they had only played live once. After much debate, Cashing In was added as a hidden track on the original vinyl release though not listed on the cover or label. There was still blank tape on the reel, so they decided to record an instrumental with the working title, Addams Family and then recorded new versions of In My Eyes and Filler to hear what they sounded like with two guitars.

Addams Family ended up being used as a coda to Cashing In, but the other two songs were never mixed and largely forgotten for over 35 years — until the multitrack tapes were taken into the studio to be digitized in 2021. Surprised by the discovery, frontman Ian MacKaye and producer / engineer Don Zientara, owner of Inner Ear, mixed the two songs along with the complete take of Addams Family. These outtakes are now being released on a 7″ to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Out Of Step.”


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