Friday, March 15, 2013

Record Store Day 2013: Hüsker Dü - Amusement

To celebrate Record Store Day 2013, Hüsker Dü will reissue two songs originally released on their debut 7" along with two other songs recorded at their first studio sessions ("Writer's Cramp" and "Let's Go Die") on a four song 2 X 7" vinyl set.

Three of the songs on the set were recorded in August of 1980 at Minneapolis' Blackberry Way Studio with the band hoping the results would land them a deal with hometown indie label Twin/Tone Records. Twin/Tone passed them up in favor of The Replacements, and the Hüskers ended up releasing "Amusement" and "Statues" as a 7" single on their own Reflex Records. The band eventually signed to California indie label SST, and the rest is history. Fans of those SST releases might find themselves slightly confused to discover their heroes started out sounding suspiciously like PiL.

According to Numero Records, "the Blackberry Way cuts have been remastered from a first generation sub-master (the originals have long been lost), while "Amusement" was cut from the original live board tape. The original artwork has been polished and beefed up with a 28pt board gatefold jacket." The 2 X 7" set will be limited to 4,000 copies.

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