Certain Songs #660: Hüsker Dü – “It’s Not Peculiar”

husker-du-warehouse Album: Warehouse: Songs and Stories
Year: 1987

(Mould)

While I totally get that Zen Arcade is the landmark that will forever show up on “best of” lists from various publications, that New Day Rising and Flip Your Wig are probably the favorites of anybody who was there at the time and the experimentation of Candy Apple Grey has its adherents, my favorite Hüsker Dü album has always been Warehouse: Songs And Stories.

I realize that’s probably the least popular album among anybody who purports to like them as much as I purport to like them — and I’m hoping that spending a month writing about them fully establishes my bona fides as a big fan — I love the utter generosity and ridiculous consistency Warehouse shows from start to finish.

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Certain Songs #659: Hüsker Dü – “Ice Cold Ice”

husker-du-ice-cold-ice Album: Warehouse: Songs and Stories
Year: 1987

(Mould)

In the early spring of 1987, I lived in a loft in Clovis that was five minutes away from Video Zone. That meant that I could wake up at 7:30 and be at the store by 8:00 to open it up and start checking in and shelving the overnight returns in time for the store to open at 9:00.

And since I was the supervisor for that early shift, it meant that I could put the tape I made of Warehouse: Songs and Stories in the boombox in my office and blast it while we got the store ready to go.

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Certain Songs #658: Hüsker Dü – “These Important Years”

husker-du-warehouse Album: Warehouse: Songs and Stories
Year: 1987

(Mould)

After Candy Apple Grey, there was almost an interminable wait for the next Hüsker Dü record. The 10 months we had to wait for Warehouse: Songs and Stories was actually the longest time between new Hüsker Dü albums since the year between Land Speed Record and Everything Falls Apart back in 1982-1983.

And with the appearance of the double-album Warehouse: Songs and Stories in January, 1987, Hüsker Dü capped off one of the greatest bursts of creativity in rock ‘n’ roll history: seven albums worth of material — A to A+ material, to boot! — in 30 months. July 1984 – January 1987.

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Certain Songs #657: Hüsker Dü – “All Work And No Play”

husker-du-all-work-and-no-play Album: Don’t Want To Know if You Are Lonely EP
Year: 1986

(Mould)

In the long, hot summer of 1986 there were two 60-minute tapes (Maxell XL-II, naturally) that dominated the car stereo of my gold Toyota Corolla hatchback. One was my dub of Blood on The Tracks to which I appended the Biograph outtake “Up To Me”.

And the other was Candy Apple Grey, to which I appended the massive, monster b-side “All Work and No Play.”

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Certain Songs #656: Hüsker Dü – “Dead Set on Destruction”

husker-du-candy-apple Album: Candy Apple Grey
Year: 1986

(Hart)

After the double-bummer of “Too Far Down” and “Hardly Getting Over It”, what Candy Apple Grey needed more than anything else was some uplift.

Of course the Hüskers knew this too, and in an absolutely dynamite bit of song sequencing, the dying embers of Mould’s dirge were transformed by a vicious Grant Hart drum roll into the opening sparks of “Dead Set on Destruction,” my favorite song from Candy Apple Grey.

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