Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Hüsker Dü

Posting on Soul Asylum got me thinking about the 80s Minneapolis scene. I was a huge Hüsker Dü and Replacements fan in high school. This cover of "Ticket To Ride" was taken from a NME 7" that also featured tracks by Trouble Funk, Tom Waits and The Jesus And Mary Chain.

I recently had a dream that I was wandering around Manhattan and stumbled into a building whose lobby was arranged in such a way as to be an exact replica of the cover for Warehouse: Songs And Stories. Or maybe it was supposed to be the set for the cover shoot, left untouched since 1987. It wasn't totally clear. I was just hoping to use the bathroom. I'm not sure what the dream meant, but I'm pretty sure it says something about me that in 2007 I would be having a dream about a Hüsker Dü album cover.


Anonymous said...

Husker Du were a great, great band. Yet, somehow, they never managed to get an even halfway-decent drum sound on any of their records. Zounds.

Pete Bilderback said...

Having most of your records engineered by Spot almost guarantees that. But then the WB records really aren't a lot better in that regard. Later I'm going to post some stuff from The Living End, which documented their last tour along with a few recollections. I was at one of the shows where some of that material was recorded.

MC said...

Wow, I didn't have the same dream but your post on Soul Asylum, also made me think about the Minneappolis (I, too was a big Husker Du Replacements fan-soemthing Alex green called being a "Westbergian") scene which led me to download some songs from Soangs and Stories as well as Candy Apple Grey-I already had a copy of Flip Your Wig.

Did you get any of the Grant Hart solos records? I seem to remember the first one being awesome, I forget the title-my room mate had it.

BTW "Closer To The Stars" was always my favorite Soul Asylum rocker. You reminded me that this year is my 20th high school reunion*groan*we're getting old!

Anonymous said...

"Candy Apple Gray" has the worst drum sound in all of punk rock. It's a darn shame, too, because it's a great album, otherwise.

Pete Bilderback said...

We must be the same age, as it's my 20th reunion year too. Class of '87, rah, rah, siss, boom, bah!

I have Grant Hart's 2541 EP and Intolerance on SST. I liked those quite a bit--more than Bob Mould's solo stuff. I also have the first Nova Mob album, which was also very good. I see it is currently OOP, so that's another one to file in my "to post someday" list.

I used to have a Nova Mob 7" where the cover had been shot with b.b.'s or something, but I'm pretty sure I don't have it anymore. I suspect it's hard to find too.

I should pick up Hart's last effort 1999's Good News For Modern Man, as I understand it is quite good as well. He hasn't exactly been prolific since exiting Husker Du--supposedly he plans to release a new album this year.

Pete Bilderback said...

I pulled out Candy Apple Grey and listened to a bit of it tonight. You are right about the drum sound, it's very tinny with no presence. It almost doesn't sound like Hart is playing an actual drum set at all. I have to say though, that I don't think it really detracts from the overall sonic picture or impact. On some level that drum sound was as much a part of their aesthetic as Mould's over-driven guitar. The guitar and the emotional ferocity of the singing just overwhelm everything.