Fugazi è un gruppo Post-Hardcore Punk formatosi a Washington nel 1987 tra gli altri da Ian MacKaye, precedentemente membro della storica band hardcore-punk Minor Threat.
Elemento caratterizzante della band l'assoluto DIY (do it yourself), espresso in una totale indipendenza della band da ogni circuito commerciale e da ogni svendita del progetto Fugazi.
Esemplari in tal senso le varie politiche della band di non messa in vendita di alcun merchandise, di autoproduzione e di calmierazione del prezzo dei concerti, eseguiti in spazi indipendenti e liberi come centri sociali.
*post hardcore music group from Arlington, Virginia, formed in 1987. They were one of the original bands of the genre, and their evolution of the hardcore punk genre, combined with their dedication to touring earned them a international audience by the end of the 1980's, despite little recognition in mainstream circles.
The band name alludes to a Vietnam-era GI slang backronym for a particularly bad combat situation, which stands for "Fucked Up, Got Ambushed, Zipped In". In Our Band Could Be Your Life, the group reported that they chose the name because of its ambiguous and vaguely exotic qualities.
Perhaps just as well known as Fugazi's music is their ethical stance and manner of business practice. They stand as a rare example of a band that have achieved a level of mainstream success while remaining loyal to independent recording and distribution values, following through in the spirit of the original "DIY punk ethic". They have rarely charged more than $5-10 admission to their live shows (and furthermore insist that their performances be open to persons of all ages; MacKaye in particular remembers the sting of being kept out of clubs during his teen years), have kept their album prices at about $10, and do not sell merchandise such as t-shirts or posters. In addition, the band has claimed that they will not conduct interviews with magazines featuring alcohol and nicotine advertisements.
All Fugazi's albums have been released by Dischord Records, co-owned by Ian MacKaye and former Minor Threat bandmate Jeff Nelson.