This is a conversation I have with myself, always branching off into my own conceptions of straightedge, whether positive or negative, where I ask myself how and when we decide to label ourselves as straightedge or our hardcore bands as positive. A question begging to be answered at the forefront of these thoughts is if there is a necessary correlation between “positive” hardcore and straightedge. It would be crazy, I think, to assume that without a clean living mentality we could not achieve and represent a positive one, and I don’t think anyone would argue that. But why then do the two subcultures seem to pair together so often? What do they have to offer each other? What’s positive about straightedge? What’s positive about living clean?