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Extraordinary band, weren't they?
Was listening to Flip Your Wig earlier. Had a bit of a moment during Games.
quite dull and overated
Keep going back to Zen Arcade, just to see if I like it yet, but I never like it yet.
Isn't Zen Arcade meant to be one of the less accessible ones?
I think it's a case where historical interest/precedent trumps over the actual record.
I much prefer New Day Rising and Flip Your Wig. NDR in particular is an astonishing record - a complete audio blitzkrieg at points but still really accessible.
I love Don't Wanna Know If You're Lonely and find the rest unlistenable...
but nothing really makes them seem like they deserved to still be so revered. Maybe they were pioneers, but I'm not sure it all holds up
and I saw them live at their peak they'd be my favourite band. Instead they just sound incredibly dated
But I find myself listening to Sugar much much more.
Last time there was a Husker Du thread I got chastised and called out as being a troll for saying I preferred Bob Mould's latest album to most of Sugar's output, and Sugar to Husker Du. Given the fact that they're sacred cows of indie you can imagine the responses.
as I did, it's difficult to appreciate them. That and the lisp.
Warehouse is probably the closest to Sugar.
They were an astonishing band. Had they the 'visual' / marketable appeal of some of the grunge bands then they'd have been a lot more successful. I'd split their albums into 4 categories.
1. Zen Arcade - one of the best 5 albums I've ever heard. It sits at the cusp of punk / hardcore crossover and beneath the fury on that album is a lot of beauty.
2. Flip Your Wig / New Day Rising. Hardcore Beatles.
3. Warehouse / Candy Apple Grey. R.E.M style crossover fails as Husker Du try too hard to step it up after signing to Warners.
4. Land Speed Record / Everything Falls Apart. The starting of the fire. I do really, really like LSR but can see that it would not appeal to many.
I'd put the albums in that order too. Zen Arcade > Flip > New Day Rising > Warehouse > Candy Apple Grey > Land Speed Record > Everything Falls Apart.
Husker Du wish they had that versitality
...Flip Your Wig show a deep psychedelic sound which Fugazi do not. not a dig at Fugazi, they are quite a different sound altogether and a great band also.
I still think your label is incorrect
the similarities are;
Neither put out a bad record
both pretty much dominated their genres for a decade
MacKaye/Piccolo write in a very similar fashion to Lennon/McCartney
Both pushed their established sound to incredible places
'The Argument' (Oh/Strangelight particularly) basically are Beatles songs
Makin' it nationally:
famed for their melodies?
maybe that's what you understand emo ("emotional hardcore" btw )to mean?
that's just statistics
Husker Du are more important than the whole Emo genre if you took out Minor Threat.
Husker Du, especially with Zen Arcade and Metal Circus bridged Punk / Post Punk / New Wave / 60's Alt Pop and I'd go as far as saying Thrash Metal too.
No Husker Du, no Pixies, no Nirvana.
I don't even know where to start with the Minor Threat comment, but there are plenty of other amazing bands from the early 80's who did all that, Wipers, Mission of Burma, and to say that there would be no Pixies or Nirvana without Husker Du alone frankly is ridiculous.
Rites of Spring, Embrace, Dag Nasty, Gray Matter...
but for their location?
Weirdly, I adore the Replacements who also suffer from that horrible tinny 80s production.
until their later, cleaner, major label stuff, but then the songs weren't as consistent, sooo... Minnesota sucks?
Husker Du, The Replacements, Bob Dylan, Low, Prince
but come on, his entire career was spent outside of it
Love both the SST and Warners albums they did.
Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely is pretty much the perfect rock song for me.
don't worry about me, all shabs and bants innit
of the indie dude who looked a bit like alcxxk busting serious moves to a variety of college rock/ATP staples. The Something I Learned Today one was the best. Where is it now...
Jawbreaker >>> Husker Du
finally some fucking sense in this thread