Hüsker Dü

Hüsker Dü: Land Speed Record [12-inch]Land Speed Record [12-inch] (1982)
New Alliance

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
User Rating:

Contributed by: drfunkensteindrfunkenstein
(others by this writer | submit your own)

iTunes StoreAmazon

Hüsker Dü's first album is a live set of pure, raw, and spastic punk with none of the rough edges cut out and no time to waste between songs. This sounds like a typical early '80s hardcore show. The sound quality is bootleg quality and the songs all run together. In fact, the CD version is broken up into two tracks, one for each side of the LP.

Hüsker Dü became popular later on for their slower, more melodic material. I'm not much of a fan of that era and I definitely prefer their hardcore punk stuff. However, there were a million American hardcore bands in 1981 that not only sounded exactly the same, but often sounded better.

Essentially, this is a slightly above-average hardcore punk album with a few songs that stand out. The lyrics to "Gilligan's Island" are pretty funny, "Do the Bee" has a cool guitar riff, and "Big Sky" and "Ultracore" are both really intense. "Data Control" slows it down for a great heavy tune which descends into noise before picking back up to end the album.

This would be a great band to see live at the time. These songs are ideal for beer swilling and slam dancing. The whole band is tight, the guitar solos are great, the vocals are on par with other great hardcore bands like the Dicks, and the raw energy of a live punk show is brilliantly captured. I love hardcore punk and this is without a doubt a good listen, but it's no masterpiece.


People who liked this also liked:
The Copyrights - ReportBouncing Souls - Green Ball Crew E.P. [12-inch]Rudimentary Peni - Cacophony [reissue]Elway - LeavetakingThe Holy Mess - Cande Ru Las DegasMasked Intruder - Masked IntruderThe Holy Mess - Cold GoodbyesDan Andriano - European Vacation [7-inch]Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds - I'd Rather Die Than Live ForeverThe Sidekicks - Awkward Breeds

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
flowerfeeder (September 14, 2011)

Everything they did after was far superior to this one. Metal Circus, in my opinion, is where their sound started to really click.

kaibosworth (September 13, 2011)

this review is mighty confusing

DrGunn (September 13, 2011)

i always thought this one was kinda weak. the material might be good, but the recording is so shitty that it's really hard to tell. it's tinny and weak sounding and robs the music of all its power. everything falls apart is stylistically like this but much, much better. i do love data control though.

hobojew (September 13, 2011)

Favorite Husker Du album.

Exclusive Streams

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go