Found on the Web: Husker Du in 1981!!

posted by Tom Moon on March 24, 2009 at 5:41 pm
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An early glimmer of greatness from Husker Du.

This live performance, recorded at the Minneapolis band’s “home” club the 7th Street Entry in September of 1981, suggests that even in its earliest days, this intense three-piece was more than another flailing hardcore band. Written and sung by drummer Grant Hart, the song follows the eerie internal thoughts of a psycho killer as he goes about his grim business – it was inspired by a murder in the band’s hometown – and was one highlight from the band’s 1983 EP Metal Circus. This version, recorded two years earlier, catches every contradictory element of Husker Du in nascent, highly concentrated form: Here’s an abrasive guitar assault in support of an unexpectedly wrenching narrative, brutal power crossed with a glimmer of ‘60s garage-pop hookcraft.

Discuss: At what point did Husker Du peak?

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#1 from Jason Feinberg, Hollywood, CA - 03/25/2009 2:37

On vinyl, I’d say Husker Du peaked with Zen Arcade, but live I think it was the Land Speed Record era. Although there’s very little between 1981 and 1985 that isn’t absolutely stellar.

GREAT video find.

#2 from Shane, Nashville - 03/25/2009 11:26

My introduction to Husker Du was “New Day Rising”.  What a great band.  They were so much more than just a punk rock band

#3 from juan duque, MedellĂ­n, Colombia - 03/27/2009 7:35

For me, they had two peaks for each of two sides to the band.

The first was “Land Speed Record”, which captured the barely control mayhem of their hardcore years.

The second, “Warehouse”, which displayed the maturity that their songwriting achieved, particularly B Mould’s.

#4 from dsfs - 03/30/2009 7:38

How can Zen Arcade not be there best??

#5 from Tom Moon - 03/30/2009 6:53

Gotta say one of the biggest surprises for me was rediscovering Warehouse. It’s an uneven record and doesn’t always sound great but the songwriting is stunning! if you gave up on “late” Husker Du, it’s worth revisiting…

tm

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