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|Hüsker Dü||Primary Artist|
|Grant Hart||Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals|
|Bob Mould||Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals|
|Greg Norton||Bass, Background Vocals|
|Hüsker Dü||Audio Production|
Posted October 29, 2010
If anyone thinks Green Day's "American Idiot" is a great punk operetta, they ought to listen to "Zen Arcade" by Husker Du. Made in 1983, this was the work of a Minneapolis power trio consisting of guitarist Bob Mould, drummer Grant Hart and bassist Greg Norton. A two-record set, this furiously-paced concept album is about one alienated teenager's journey through Reagan's America. Along the way, he encounters lots of anger ("Never Talking To You Again"), insanity ("What's Going On?"), loneliness ("Standing By The Sea"), suicide ("Pink Turns To Blue") and even the decline of American factories ("The Newest Industry"). There are many impressive things about this album. Chief among them: all but two of the songs were recorded in a single take. The album took a blazing 85 hours to record and another 40 to mix down. And then, of course, there's "Reoccuring Dreams", a 14-minute guitar instrumental workout that owes more to John Coltrane's freestyle soloing than anything else. For a band that started out playing Pere Ubu covers, they truly came a long way with this underground classic about a 1980's teenage wasteland.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Husker Du, one of the greatest bands to ever step in a studio, and also, one of the least known bands ever. There music is great and will attract a variety of fans, indie, punk, alternative and much more. Husker Du is such a great band. Actually theyre my third favorite band. (1st is The Germs, And second is Adolescents/X) SO any of you people, wheather, a punk, a fan of indie or a alternative head...this is a great buy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
If you had even a semblance of punk in you during the 80s, this title may be familiar. It stands as the breakthrough for hardcore (noise/obnoxious to energetic/purposeful). It holds its own today, though younger listeners may find it rougher than grunge and alternative standards allow. Follow-up with New Day Rising and you'll have the best the Huskers ever unleashed. You'll also be listening to the beginning of punk's mainstreaming that culminated with Nirvana's destruction of Metal. Unfortunately, alternative rock today is an oxymoron, it is pop, not anti-pop. In beating the competition, the punk-to-alternative continuum absorbed the worst traits of pop and metal. There is a consolation, but it may require you to change your thinking a bit. Try swithching off Stone Temple Pilots, Korn, and Third Eye Blind. Switch to alternative country, e.g. Whiskeytown, Son Volt, Scott Thomas Band, etc. It may not be easy to do, but if you invest the time you'll find the descendants of Husker Du and the spirit of Zen Arcade thriving. It is time for a new front; these alt. country bands are challenging corporate Nashville in the same way punk challenged top 40 popular music/rock.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.