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Editors’ Notes

Along with The Replacements, Hüsker Dü represented all that was right with alternative rock in the '80s. (It was a shame that neither group could simply be known as a rock 'n' roll band, but the classic rock establishment didn't let many outsiders in the circle.) This double album was Hüsker Dü's second, and while it isn't as gut-wrenching as Zen Arcade, it remains true to the band's spirit. At this point in time—1986 and 1987—the trio was falling apart, and songwriters Bob Mould and Grant Hart were feuding. Like many double albums, Warehouse could make a great single LP, though there's no unanimous agreement over which tracks would make the superior slimmed-down set. Mould's "Could You Be the One?" and "Ice Cold Ice" stand out as his clear highlights, while "Friend, You've Got to Fall" is allegedly about his bandmate. Hart's "She's a Woman (And Now He Is a Man)," "She Floated Away," and "Back from Somewhere" are his strongest contributions.

Customer Reviews

It's A Start...

I won't get into the whole politics of SST, so I am happy iTunes is finally carrying these releases. More so, I am very pleased they include the snippet from "Back From Somewhere" which contains what I think is the highlight of this album - Grant's soaring line "I remember you". A fine swansong by the only band that mattered at that time: Polished, yes, but never running the risk of what some would want to call "selling out." The final, "You Can Live at Home", brings them recalls the sonic attack of Zen Arcade, a fine end to the greatest band there was.

The best way to access the Husker Du catalog is to work backwards

Husker Du is a life changing band. I know there sound isn't for everyone, but I pity those who cannot appreciate how awesome this band was. I first heard this album at debate camp in 1987 (maybe 1988). The stuttering on "It's Not Peculiar" is what hooked me in. It did not sound like anything else on the radio, and wouldn't until the 1990s. Neither did their SST catalog, but for those who are not ready for DIY recording techniques, the sound of Husker Du's Warner Bros. catalog is a great place to become acquainted with their sound. This dense double album is a better place to start than the lesser Candy Apple Grey. "These Important Years", "Could You Be The One?". and "You Can Live At Home" are the standout tracks. However, I believe that this album is best treated like a novel or movie where you should listen to it in one full sitting.

An Excellent Parting Shot

Not quite the seminal work of Zen Arcade, but when this came out in 1987 it was accessible for the average listener. Captivating lyrics and themes that resonate with the feelings of real life lend to this excellent work by a commercially overlooked band.


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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