Entertainment Music The Straight Edge Movement of Punk Rock Share PINTEREST Email Print Dischord Music Punk Music Rock Music Pop Music Alternative Music Classical Music Country Music Folk Music Rap & Hip Hop Rhythm & Blues World Music Heavy Metal Jazz Latin Music Oldies Learn More By Ryan Cooper Updated on 02/22/19 Straight Edge (also written as "sXe") is a movement spawned within the hardcore scene in the '80s. Its followers have made a commitment to abstain from using drugs, alcohol and tobacco products. How the "X" Mark Began Followers of the straight edge movement often wear an "X" on the back of either hand. This was born when the Teen Idles, while underage and on tour, wore X's on their hands as a promise to the club owners where they played that they would not drink. They returned to DC and asked local venues to adopt this system to allow underage fans to see them in clubs that served alcohol. The symbol spread to many straight edge adherents of all ages. Origin of the Name "Straight Edge" The movement got its name from the Minor Threat song "Straight Edge." Minor Threat, a band spawned from the Teen Idles, wrote this song to state their beliefs, and in turn, this song helped to spawn the entire movement. "Straight Edge" - Minor Threat (1981) I'm a person just like youBut I've got better things to doThan sit around and f**k my headHang out with the living deadSnort white s**t up my nosePass out at the showsI don't even think about speedThat's something I just don't need I've got the straight edge I'm a person just like youBut I've got better things to doThan sit around and smoke dope'Cause I know I can copeLaugh at the thought of eating ludesLaugh at the thought of sniffing glueAlways gonna keep in touchNever want to use a crutch I've got the straight edge Over the years, the straight edge scene was often noted as being highly militant. One straight edge crew, FSU (Friends Stand United), has been involved in many controversial altercations at shows across the country, although this is also related to the band's strong anti-racist stance.