How I select each week’s album for Review Revue can be an interesting tale all on its own. Sometimes somebody suggests an album that they noticed had particularly good comments on it; sometimes I think of an album I hope will have great comments – then they usually don’t and I free-associate from there; sometimes I just let my fingers do the walking through the stacks, and pull out records at random. This week I was standing there in the KEXP library in the afternoon, and Kevin Cole played “Celebrated Summer” by Hüsker Dü, and I thought “have I not done any Hüsker Dü albums? I should do this one!” So I pulled out New Day Rising and snapped its picture. OK, so I guess that wasn’t a very interesting tale. Sorry.
|“A new LP so soon?! yes!! And only one disc?! yes!! Officially, the 5th LP (they had one EP, too). I hear more melody and stronger lyrics on this one… Listen good!!”
“‘Terms of Psychic Warfare’ is poppy yet distortion-city. I love it almost as much as ‘8 Mi. High.'”
“‘Has anybody ever noticed how our definition of ‘pop’ is different from the rest of the world’s.” [This is probably still true to some extent, although the rest of the world seems to be coming around lately.]
“Yes! Some people around here think anything that’s not dark & moody is pop music.”
“‘I Apologize’ huge hit.”
“‘If I Told You’ — nice.”
“I think I’m in love… this album is fab!”
“I agree! I think Trish is in love…”
“I agree with G.P. My def. of ‘pop’ is: any song I like.”
“‘Celebrated Summer’ is so good!”
“’59 x the Pain’ dark and moody pop”
“‘If I Told You’ is perfect! Perhaps the greatest band in America… as I write this…”
“‘Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill’ makes me want to be there…”
“How do they do ‘Celebrated Summer’ (w/acoustic) live? Huh? Can sumbuddy tell me?” [Man, life sucked before the Internet! That poor guy had to wait 23 years to get an answer that I just got in about 10 seconds.]
So there you have it. When in doubt: Hüsker Dü!