Category: Husker Du

Husker Du – Everything Falls Apart

ARTIST: Husker Du                     huskerdu_everythingfalls

TITLE:  Everything Falls Apart

YEAR RELEASED: 1983

CHART ACTION: Oh, heavens no

SINGLES: No

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They cover Sunshine Superman

LINEUP: Bob Mould, Greg Norton, Grant Hart

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After their dizzying live Land Speed Record, Husker Du releases a full length album after a few singles, and starts to distinguish themselves from hardfastrules.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It’s not as breakneck as Land Speed Record. I don’t know how they could be that way in the studio. Still, some songs like “Punch Drunk” and “Bricklayer” have that vibe, but those are among the weakest tracks here.

The opener “From the Gut” rather much establishes things here – slower but not slow by any means, powerful, thoughtful, and uncompromising. “Afraid of Being Wrong” still has a whirring fast tempo but it’s slow enough to get the big message across. The side two opener, the title track, adds texture and other sonic dimensions that the rest of the tracks last – showing the way forward for the band as does the closer “Gravity”.

Of all the tracks, “Target” had the most staying power, for good reason. It’s angry and powerful and could fit in on almost every subsequent album.

This has its flaws, sure, but some tracks are definitely worth it.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This isn’t streaming as far as I could find.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The CD version has a singles and B-sides released around this era, including the fantastic “In a Free Land”

GRADE: B: The handful of blurry too-fast cuts diminishes it, but the highlights are fantastic.

Husker Du – Land Speed Record

ARTIST: Husker Du 220px-Land_Speed_Record
TITLE: Land Speed Record
YEAR RELEASED: 1982
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Well, MTC as a studio version was on a B-side
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Two songs were on the next release, and Data Control was always in their live set.
LINEUP: Bob Mould, Greg Norton, Grant Hart
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Minnesotapunkrockbandreleaseslivealbumwheretheybasicallyplayforthirtyminutesstraight

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Whoosh – whir – wham – into a song – out of that – into the next one – no acknowledgement – no breaks – just get to the next one – step to the mic and sing – go fast – always go fast until the end – calm down for “Data Control” – that’s the only song you can remember.

It’s roughly recorded, hard to swallow, and basically what it would be like to be at a Husker Du concert in the early years except 10 times louder, and I guess faster as time went on. There’s no breaks, just Side A and Side B or jamming all of the titles together. I don’t think the LP was banded, even.

I love, love, love Husker Du but I’ve never had any kind of positive relationship with this record, no matter how hard I’ve tried. It’s justtoofastandnonstopandrecordedpoorly.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They recorded this at the famous First Avenue in Minneapolis for $300.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: C-: I’d have LOVED to hear proper recordings of these songs, especially “Data Control”. I think there’s some good ones in there – somewhere. But man, I just can’t…