Review Revue: Hüsker Dü – New Day Rising

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”

“Deified 3/13/85″

“‘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!

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One Comment

  1. Barrybob
    Posted June 19, 2008 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Awesome, man, I’m glad I checked this out. Thanks for the link. And thank gawd for Kevin Cole.

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