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Hüsker Dü

Hüsker Dü: New Day RisingNew Day Rising (1985)
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Come with me, children, and listen to an aural experience like no other. This is about punk. This is about hardcore. This is about pop. It is all of these things and more. It is Hüsker Dü's first album of 1985, New Day Rising.

Released at a time when punk had become new wave, and hardcore was becoming an ironic joke of itself, it continues where the Hüskers' 1984 double concept album Zen Arcade left off. The sound of a hardcore band incorporating the melody, rhythms, and sensibilities they grew up on in the 60's and 70's with the fury their hard-fast-rules sound always had.

For example, exhibit A: opening song "New Day Rising." Standard issue double-time hardcore drum beat? Check. Standard issue thrashing distorted guitar? Check. Barked vocals over a bass-line that follows the guitar? Wait…we've got melodic sung vocals wailing "new day rising" over a pulsating bass line. Zen Arcade songs like "Something I Learned Today" and "Turn On the News" distilled into one.

It is this sound that set the stage for umpteen million alternative, power-pop, pop-punk, grunge, and indie bands that followed. The Pixies, Nirvana (note Chad Channing's shirts), the Smoking Popes, and Pavement owe an immense debt to Hüsker Dü. You would not have "Here Comes Your Man" if not for "Terms Of Psychic Warfare." You would not have "Sliver" without "The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill."

Historical importance aside, the music is brilliant. It hits almost every rock-related genre featuring a similar platter of moods and values. The following words can be used to describe this album: rock, punk, hardcore, jazzy, bluesy, folky, melodic, powerful, fast, angry, doubtful, hopeful, depressed, happy, exhilarating, calming.

Few artists had attempted something as ambitious within a one-disc pop album and succeeded before. Few have since. Even fewer punks have past, present, or future.

The only downside to the album is the production. Cut on an 80's SST budget with Spot producing, the vocals and guitars are almost exclusively thin. The drums do not pound or attack; they're just there. The bass? Well, if you actually like that slightly-round-with-no-attack tone, maybe you'll love it. Listening to this album on CD makes it even worse as it is obvious not much money was spent at mastering.

But this is where it's at. You can't go forward without knowing the past, and this is a huge chunk of it. Even if you don't care about that, it's an essential listening for anyone into pop, punk, indie, or all of the above. Listen to it. Now.

New day rising.

 

 
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Anonymous (June 24, 2006)

Best band ever. Their best Album overall. Better than stinkin Zen Arcade.

TheOneTrueBill (September 8, 2005)

I bought my ticket to see Bob Mould in Chicago today. I'm really looking forward to it. time to overload on Husker, Sugar, and Body of Song in the upcoming weeks.

lushj (September 7, 2005)

Husker Du didn't play ArthurFest. Whew!

BrandonSideleau (September 5, 2005)

Wait....I just checked Bob Mould's site out.....how could Husker Du reunite tonight if Bob's in England??? Yeah....looks like it was a rumor afterall.

BrandonSideleau (September 5, 2005)

IF Husker Du played tonight and I missed it......I'm gonna throw a shit fit. Here's to hoping (if it WAS them tonight) that they reunite and actually tour. That'd be one of my top 5 disbanded bands to see if I could go back in time, along with Black Flag, Flipper, Joy Division, and the Minutemen

Anonymous (September 5, 2005)

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh... you stupid FUK!

(Can't read the name "Criminals" without saying that out loud)

-Ken

notfeelingcreative (September 5, 2005)

"lushj u must be old if u were into these bands when they were "big" on college radio"

And you must be young to have never heard of Blatz, or at least the Criminals.

Anonymous (September 5, 2005)

this album is way better than zen arcade, its one of the best albums ever made

joeg (September 5, 2005)

fuck. rumor has it that husker du is playing today at arthurfest. if anyone sees this, go check it out. i went yesterday (i'll write a review) and they didn't even check my ticket so you can just walk right in.

the "secret" guest goes on at 6:40. i'm gonna try to make it.

Anonymous (September 5, 2005)

jello@alternativetentacles.com

We print out e-mails and fax them to him. We answer e-mails as he directs us to.

BrandonSideleau (September 5, 2005)

hey lushj....since you work for AT and all.....I'm just curious, does Jello have an actual email address? I heard he doesnt have a computer.

lushj (September 5, 2005)

"lushj u must be old if u were into these bands when they were "big" on college radio"

You must be young if you can't capitalize. Ba-dump-bump! (35 in October, send presents c/o the Frisk PO Box)

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Rumor has it that Coq Roq is disbanding uner pressure from Slipknot... Ugh, I'll always regret never being able to sing along to the junkie lament of "Nice Box" in a live setting.

-Will

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

lushj u must be old if u were into these bands when they were "big" on college radio

lushj (September 4, 2005)

Instead of Husker Du, I'm rocking Tesco Vee "Dutch Hercules"- the college rock sound never did it for me. REM, Husker Du, Camper Van Beethoven (except for "Take the Skinheads Bowlming"), all those Athens and Minneapolis bands.

"Don't snarl at me you diesel dyke!"

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Honestly? Never could get into this band or Fugazi. Each band bored the shit out of me when I tried to listen to them.

-Ken

dazed (September 4, 2005)

The only thing I've heard by this band is "Land Speed Record", I like that a lot, though, even though it sounds like it was recorded in a tape player.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

I prefer Spot's production, and I think it perfectly fit the bands at the time. He makes it sound like a very well-produced live record, and I personally think that lends itself better to early to mid-80's indie rock than the era of 32 tracks and whatnot.

-Will

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

in spot's defense, he did meat puppets II which sounds, to my ears, absolutely perfect.

BrandonSideleau (September 4, 2005)

also...anybody else notice that when Spot quits producing a bands records they suddenly sound a whole lot clearer and crisp? Just look at this compared to the crystal clear production on Flip Your Wig....or the difference between My War and Loose Nut. Spot has produced some of my ALL TIME favorite albums....but I can't help but feel that he simply wasn't very interested in the music.

BrandonSideleau (September 4, 2005)

Zen Arcade is Husker Du's "Damaged" or "London Calling" or....you get the point. This is album will always get overshadowed by that album's groundbreaking brilliance. But this album is NO LESS brilliant than Zen.

bizzlebrizzle (September 4, 2005)

I dunno if it's been said or not, and while I love this album, it still isn't near as good as Zen Arcade.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

this album is top notch front to back and its about time someone reviewed this! Next up i hope too see Flip Your Wig reviewed. I'm not sure which of the 2 is more amazing

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

This is one of the greatest albs of all time

TheOneTrueBill (September 4, 2005)

Haha, well consider this the first time I've ever disagreed with anything you've posted!

P.S. Good pun.

rkl (September 4, 2005)

this is one of my favorite albums to pop in my car riding with people drunk, mainly to see the look of surprise on people's faces when they learn that i listen to husker du.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

i just read our band could be your life, which has in turn caused me to start listening to all my husker du albums again. this used to be my third or fourth fav one, but lately i think it's pushing it's way up to number one.

and in response to a few prior comments: i LOVE candy apple grey, land speed record is ok, and everything the replacements did was genius, even the stuff after tim.

lushj (September 4, 2005)

Yeah, somebody had to break up the love fest! Ha ha ha... never could Du this band.

TheOneTrueBill (September 4, 2005)

Holy shit LushJ, are you serious?

cdogg (September 4, 2005)

Great review, great album (although after "Powerline" I tend to skip quickly through the remaining third of the album. It just doesn't compare to the first 10 songs). I think "NDR" and "Girl Who Lives..." is one of the best one-two punches to open any album ever. I also always loved how the last line of "Folklore" is "..one thing I know for sure: heroes always DIE!!!" They don't write 'em like that anymore.

lushj (September 4, 2005)

Yuck. "Land Speed Record" = the only listenable Husker Du record. Give me the Replacements any day (up through "Tim").

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Shit your right dude, i thought i put that in there, yeah take a listen to that before Zen Arcade, some of their most powerfull stuff is on there.

"the guy below me forgot to tell you about metal circus which features "Diane" on it... a great song featuring the fucking awesome lyrics "We can cruise down Robbins Street all night long/ But I think I'll just rape you and kill you instead"

fucking floors me every time"

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

the guy below me forgot to tell you about metal circus which features "Diane" on it... a great song featuring the fucking awesome lyrics "We can cruise down Robbins Street all night long/ But I think I'll just rape you and kill you instead"

fucking floors me every time

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Try these Album/Ep's/Singles in this order

Flip Your Wig- The most accesable/fun album to start out on, I get chills up my spine thinking about this album

Warehouse Songs And Stories - Also good accessibe album
with lots of poppy melodies, their last studio album.

New Day Rising - Try this to hear their more abrasive side, that dabbles in feeback and melodies

Candy Apple Grey- Sugary sweet, but not their best. Bits of acoustic here and there along with some standout tracks

Zen Arcade- Listen to this at about this point, it's a fantastic concept album, that is full of emotional uppers and downers

Eight Miles High/Makes No Sense At All- Great covers and singles, the Byrds Eight Miles high cover is the best cover i have ever heard!, Makes No Sense At All is from the album Flip Your Wig, but the recent CD collects the SST singles all together along with the extra tracks on the original 7"

Everything Falls Apart (and more) Underated Album that's manic fast hardcore fury, laced with the occasional melodys and bouncing bass lines.

The Living End- The best live record i have ever heard, the sound quality is so clean and powefull, it also contains some exclusive songs, great.

Land Speed Record- The most abrasive, chaotic record they ever put out, total wall of noise (not in the Discharge way) don't start with this record unless your really into your messy noisy hardcore.

Posted by Anonymous on 2005-09-04 11:05:21

I enjoyed Husker Du the board game, but have never tried Husker Du the band. Where to start?

gladimnotemo (September 4, 2005)

For the longest time, I couldn't get past the first couple songs, but after I did, I was pleasantly surprised. Good stuff.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

I enjoyed Husker Du the board game, but have never tried Husker Du the band. Where to start?

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

The story behind their name is that they took it from a Danish boardgame called "Hüsker Dü" meaning as you correctly said "Do You Remember", i believe the game is some sort of memory game.

"What's the story behind their name? Cause in danish it means "Do you remember?"

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

I'll say it a thousand times, best band ever, totally fucking weird i was listening to this yesterday, but i guess that's not so werid as i listen to them everyday nearly. Very inovative and intersting band, absolutley paving over any cliches this genre previously had.
My favourite Albums/Ep's are Zen Arcdade, Flip Your Wig, Metal Circus and New Day Rising, but man it's all amazing.

aubin (September 4, 2005)

Great band, great album.

_Sexy_Pants_ (September 4, 2005)

This album's cool and all, but Flip Your Wig is some hot shit

Scruffy (September 4, 2005)

Dude, I like Candy Apple Grey. I am kind of swayed by the better production, but "Don''t Want To Know If You Are Lonely" and Hardly Getting Over It"? C'mon. Those rock!
The worst album out of the ones I've heard by them is Warehouse.
And I like Grant's songs.
But I do think that "Helpless" is the best Bob Mould song I've ever heard.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

this is as well my favorite Husker Du record
Powerline, 59 Times The Pain, I Don't Know What You're Talking About and Folklore are my favorites on this record. I put this one in constantly to wake me up in the AM. Bob Mould's voice is just unhuman...Grant Hart and his songs tend to get on my nerves though oh and by the way:

1. to the guy who said they never put out anything bad, you are overlooking the horrible Candy Apple Grey

2. to the guy who bitched about the production on this album...that's what makes the album what it is you know? Most SST records had bad production...mainly due to Spot and their frugal taste in gear. WIthout that production though you get what came in the later records and it just sounded (no pun intended) gay.

3. I wish more bands today would take more songwriting pointers and influence from these guys and especially Bob Mould.

adam (September 4, 2005)

This is such a wonderful record.

-adam

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

What's the story behind their name? Cause in danish it means "Do you remember?"

TheOneTrueBill (September 4, 2005)

First Husker Du album I ever got, and first song I ever heard. I became flat out obsessed when I heard this for the first time and picked up their entire discography within three months.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Yeah, this album has some truly great songwriting, but as shallow as it may be, I can't get past the awful production. The guitar sounds in particular are just downright offensive. I wish someone would remaster it already.

BrandonSideleau (September 4, 2005)

Grea fuckin' album, but then again....Husker Du is one of those bands that never released anything less than amazing. To the guy below- why don't you like "Turn On The News"....I think it's a pretty killer track.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

am i the only guy who's favorite husker du album is everything falls apart? man, they've been a favorite of mine for 12 years now. simply put, they're a brilliant band that more people should love. this album is an awesome intro to them if you've never heard them. the guitar part in Friends I Make kills. can't believe you mentioned Turn On The News, probably my least favorite husker track ever, if you're gonna mention zen arcade, you could mention so many better tracks- whatever, newest industry, chartered trips. the fact that you reviewed them at all is cool, hopefully turn more people on to them

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Incredible.

etwiels88 (September 4, 2005)

husker dont lol

But yeah, good album

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

"Celebrated Summer" is a strong contender for best Husker Du song of all time.

My score is for the record, and for the raddest mustache in music history. Husker Du fans know what I'm talking about.

VitusTinnitus (September 4, 2005)

my favorite hüsker dü album. pick this shit up.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

great great album. especially "girl who lives on heaven hill" which walks the fine line between hummably catchy and unlistenably noisy. fuckin genius.

joeg (September 4, 2005)

great band, solid review. husker du owns.

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