Punk Rock Trivia: MacKaye Family Affair

Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene like to unleash some punk rock trivia to enlighten and enhance the minds of you, the readers.┬áThis one is mostly for the younger crowd, as readers who were old enough to experience the hey-day of 80’s DC hardcore probably already know this, but just in case you didn’t here’s today’s dose of punk rock trivia!

Anyone remotely interested in punk rock should be familiar with the album cover for Minor Threat‘s self titled EP (also used for the band’s “First Two 7-Inches on a 12-Inch” and “Complete Discography” compilations), but did you know that the hairless punk sitting there with his head in his arms is not lead singer Ian MacKaye but instead it’s his younger brother Alec?

That’s right, Alec MacKaye is the one featured in the iconic hardcore image. Alec is best known for his time spent as the vocalist for DC hardcore bands Untouchables, whose song “Nic Fit” was covered by post-punk band Sonic Youth, and The Faith. Both bands released material on Ian’s Dischord Records.

It should be noted that Alec’s hands are also known for their appearance on the Teen Idles (Ian’s band prior to Minor Threat) EP, “Minor Disturbance“. No word on whether or not Alec is also posing in the trees on the cover to Fugazi’s “In on the Kill Taker”.

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  • The Untouchables, really? You do realize Alex sang for Faith, you know, of “Subject to Change” and the split 12″ with Void? Don’t forget Ignition either.

    “Punk rock geniuses” my ass.

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