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Recorded during Hüsker Dü's final tour in 1987, The Living End is a welcome look at one of alternative rock's most important bands of the '80s. The mixes are strong, and in some instances clearer and more revelatory than the studio releases. "New Day Rising" and "The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill" bring the vocals to the front while also making quite the case for Grant Hart's drumming power. The band's more mannered pop moves (especially from Warehouse) are given rougher edges. "Hardly Getting Over It," a sullen, emotive track from Candy Apple Grey, slows the band for a moment, but mostly it's pure momentum. "Books About UFO's" pumps up the band's pop angle even further, but "Celebrated Summer" balances the hooks with the band's initial punk power. Two new tracks—"Now That You Know Me," "Ain't No Water in the Well"—prove the group still had gas in the tank. A fiery attack of "What's Going On?" and a committed take of The Ramones' "Sheena Is Punk Rocker" further mine the group's punk roots.

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Well, finally

Wow, Itunes finally got thier s%*t together and got the Husker Du catalog. Well, it's not the entire catalog, just the Warner Bros. years. Are we surprised? Hows about some SST years? Back to the album, I burned out my cassette copy (yes, I'm that old) back when this came out in the 1990s. This is summertime music at its best. Obvioulsy, it's a live album, so the songs all have more urgency and energy. This is especially true for the fantastic, yet over-produced, songs from the Warner Bros years that appear on this album. Perhaps the best music Husker ever did (instrumentally and lyrically) came out in those years, but the production muted the raw talent of Bob, Grant and Greg. This is a nice introduciton for new Du fans, who want more of the punk feel, but still like melodies and the abilty of a 'punk' band to play more than just three chords. I'm especially fond of the live versions of Celebrated Summer, Powerline, Hardly Getting Over it, and Divide and Conquer. It's hard to go back and listen to the recorded versions after hearing the live stuff. I must admit, that the Grant Hart songs leave me wanting in terms of lyrical depth, but they're a good whimsical balance to Bob's more somber stuff. Overally, a nice intro to what a live Du show would have been, and a nice overview of their entire catalog. I just wish there was more stuff off Zen Arcade.


This is an incredible live CD from one of the best bands of all time. Yes it is missing some of the classic Zen Arcade and Metal Circus material. But it showcases Husker Du at their best-Live! Celebrated Summer, Books About UFO's, The Ramones cover and all the classic Warehouse material. This album does what all good albums do. It makes you appreciate the band in all their glory and makes you wish you could have heard so much more. Glad iTunes got their material online. I hope the rest of their material will follow. Long live, Bob, Grant and Greg!


Hüsker Dü is and always will be the soundtrack to my life. This brings back memories and sets new ones in stone. Worth giving the corporate pigs $12 bucks.


Formed: 1979 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Hüsker Dü and R.E.M. were the two American post-punk bands of the '80s that changed the direction of rock & roll. R.E.M. became a superstar band; Hüsker Dü never was more than a cult favorite. Nevertheless, their albums between 1981 and 1987 have proven remarkably influential; they provided the sonic blueprint for the roaring punk-pop hybrid that crossed over into the mainstream in the early '90s. Not only did they shape the sound of the music, they shaped the way independent bands made the transition...
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