Articles Tagged: Husker Du

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 #655: Hüsker Dü – “Hardly Getting Over It”

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

(Mould)

At some point in late 1985, I got a new car. Well, not a “new” car, exactly: it was a slightly used gold Toyota Corolla hatchback, and it was the only car I ever put a bumpersticker of a band on.

The band, of course, was Hüsker Dü, and I don’t remember where I got the bumpersticker from, but I was damn happy to have it on my car.

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Certain Songs #654: Hüsker Dü – “Sorry Somehow”

husker-du-sorrysomehow Album: Candy Apple Grey
Year: 1986

(Hart)

Sell out!!

Following The Replacements but beating R.E.M. in the “selling out to a major label” sweepstakes, Hüsker Dü released Candy Apple Grey on Warner Bros just six months after Flip Your Wig, their fourth album in less than two years.

Of course, the whole major vs. indie thing is a load of horseshit: loads and loads of uncompromising music had been made for the majors long before the indies became a viable career alternative. It all depended on the artist. Still does, as far as I can tell.

As so as far as I could tell then — or now, for that matter — Candy Apple Grey was the record Hüsker Dü would have made for SST had they stayed with SST, reflecting their continued growth as both songwriters and record-makers.

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