Candy Apple Grey, the penultimate album by Hüsker Dü (released in 1986), was their first major label album, and in this respect can be compared to near contemporary albums such as the Replacements' Tim, and Green by R.E.M.. The album marks the completion of the band's transition from hardcore punk to a more well-rounded sound, the precursor to what would become alternative rock. While the band's earlier, more frenetic style is still in evidence ("Crystal"), Candy Apple Grey also features more introverted, toned-down material, including a surprisingly ample acoustic guitar presence. ...more on Wikipedia about "Candy Apple Grey"
Everything Falls Apart is Hüsker Dü's first studio album, as their full-length debut, Land Speed Record, was recorded live. ...more on Wikipedia about "Everything Falls Apart"
Flip Your Wig is a 1985 album by the Minneapolis band Hüsker Dü, their last release on SST Records. With each album, Hüsker Dü's sound grew more sophisticated, and by the time of this release, they had signed a major-label record deal. However, the band felt they owed one more album to SST and produced Flip Your Wig. Perhaps owing to the expedient circumstances of its recording, Flip Your Wig is overall lighter in tone than most of Hüsker Dü's other albums, with obvious filler such as "The Baby Song." In this respect it might seem less essential than New Day Rising or Candy Apple Grey, but individual songs are outstanding, and critical opinion of the album runs very high. The title track and "Keep Hanging On" became staples of the band's live shows, while "Makes No Sense at All" was featured in a music video and was sometimes performed by Mould in his solo career, where he otherwise largely distanced himself from his years in Hüsker Dü. ...more on Wikipedia about "Flip Your Wig"
Land Speed Record was the first full-length record by Hüsker Dü, released in 1981. It was recorded live on August 15, 1981 at the 7th Street Entry, a smaller venue attached to the infamous First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The album is a fast and furious hardcore workout that bears almost no resemblance to the melodic post-punk that the band became known for in the mid 80's. The title has a double meaning, referencing both the band's ability to play as fast as they can (there's 17 songs crammed into 26½ minutes) and their penchant for speed of the amphetamine pill variety, which they took mostly as an appetite supressant due to lack of money to buy food. ...more on Wikipedia about "Land Speed Record (album)"
Metal Circus is an EP by Hüsker Dü, released in 1983. As one of their early records, it was largely rooted in the band's initial hardcore punk style. However, signs of a new style emerge on Metal Circus, particularily in the songs sung by Grant Hart ("It's Not Funny Anymore" and "Diane"). It also features some of Bob Mould's most passionate singing, and shows further development in his guitar playing. The change from the furious hardcore moments of Land Speed Record and Everything Falls Apart to a more melodic approach hints at the groundbreaking new style that was to be seen on the band's next release, Zen Arcade. ...more on Wikipedia about "Metal Circus"
New Day Rising is a 1985 punk album by the Minnesota band Hüsker Dü, released on SST Records. After their widely acclaimed double-album, Zen Arcade, saw them pushing hardcore punk to its very limits by incorporating ideas and influences from a wide stylistic palette--including pop, jazz, and psychedelia--New Day Rising, in some ways, abandoned hardcore punk entirely. While retaining the speed and aggression of earlier efforts, virtually all of the songs on New Day Rising exhibit strong pop sensibilities, songcraft, and structure, with all but three of the songs running over 2 minutes, and half of those running over 3 minutes. Guitarist Bob Mould's trademark miasma of distortion is still present, but with much of the harsh rawness of previous efforts abandoned in favor of more a more melodic sound. ...more on Wikipedia about "New Day Rising"
Zen Arcade is Hüsker Dü's third full-length album, released in 1984 by SST Records, originally released as a double album on two vinyl LP's. Zen Arcade is a concept album about an adolescent who runs away because his home life is unfulfilling, whereupon he discovers the world outside is even worse. Incorporating elements of jazz, psychedelia, pop, and even including piano interludes – completely unheard of in the circumscribed world of early '80s hardcore punk – Zen Arcade is widely considered one of the most influential punk rock albums of all-time. Its influence has stretched beyond the punk sphere, however, and indeed is frequently included on professional lists of the all-time best rock and roll albums. Hüsker Dü's later albums would abandon the "hardcore" aesthetic entirely in favor of post-hardcore, melodic, guitar-driven pop. ...more on Wikipedia about "Zen Arcade"
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