HÜSKER DÜ Released Their Raging Punk Debut Album ‘EVERYHTING FALLS APART’ 40 Years Ago

Back in time

13 January 2023

Who: Highly praised post-punk trio from Saint-Paul, Minneapolis
featuring Bob Mould, Greg Norton and Greg Hart

Active: 1979-1988
Albums: 6

Released: January 1983 via Reflex Records
50 years ago this month.

AllMusic: “The trio demonstrates that it’s capable of powerful noise, but not songcraft,
the only song with a discernible hook is their thrashing cover of Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman.” Still, the band’s hardcore is better than many of its contemporaries because its grasp of noise is superior. Even with the inconsistent songwriting, Everything Falls Apart rages with layers of blistering guitars and scorching rhythms that are exciting in their own right.”
Score: 3/5.

TUTV: A studio album that sounds like it was canned in a filthy basement with no decent recording material, resulting in a raw, rough, and rip-roaring PUNK rager. Definitely not their best, but as good as the noise competition of that era.

Stream here.

HD: Bio – Discography

BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Awesome Albums Turning 35 In 2021

– Throwing Muses – THROWING MUSES

Released: September 1986 – debut LP
AllMusic: “Throwing Muses’ self-titled 1986 debut is still a startling collision of punk energy, folky melodicism, and Kristin Hersh’s mercurial voice and lyrics… A powerful debut, Throwing Muses puts the work of most self-consciously “tortured” artists to shame; its fluid, effortless emotional shifts may not make for the most accessible music, but they’re unquestionably genuine.” Score: 5/5.

Stream here (10 consecutive audio clips)…

– Licensed to Ill – BEASTIE BOYS

Released: 15 November 1986 – debut LP
AllMusic: “Perhaps Licensed to Ill was inevitable, a white group blending rock and rap, giving them the first number one album in hip-hop history. But that reading of the album’s history gives short shrift to the Beastie Boys; producer Rick Rubin, and his label, Def Jam… The Beastie Boys fueled this record through their passion for subcultures, pop culture, jokes, and the intoxicating power of wordplay.” Score: 5/5.

Stream here…

– Brotherhood – NEW ORDER

Released: 29 September 1986 – fourth LP
AllMusic: “This was a New Order with nothing more to prove – witness the tossed-off
lyrics – aside from continuing to make great music… the songs and the band’s production
had reached such a high level.
Score: 4/5.

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– Candy Apple Grey – HÜSKER DÜ

Released: March 1986 – fifth LP
AllMusic: “Moving to a major label doesn’t affect Hüsker Dü’s sound greatly — although the production is more full-bodied than Spot’s razor-thin work, the Hüskers don’t change their blazing attack at all.” Score: 3.5/5.

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– Your Funeral… My Trial – NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

Released: 3 November 1986 – fourth LP
AllMusic: “The Bad Seeds turn from the interpretive triumph of Kicking Against the Pricks to another strong high, the mostly-original ‘Your Funeral…My Trial’… Arguably Cave and company have by now so clearly established their overall style that the album is much more a refinement of the past than anything else, but so good is their work that resistance is near impossible.” Score: 4/5.

Stream here…

Happy 60 To BOB MOULD

16 October 2020

(photo FB artist – album Beauty)

Robert Arthur Mould was born 60 years ago today in a village
called Malone in the state of New York. Happy birthday!

He was co-founder of hardcore noise trio Hüsker Dü
that produced six albums between 1983 and 1987.

After the group split up Mould launched a successful solo career.
His brand new LP Blue Hearts is one of his best works.

Bob Mould: “My father, who had a terrible temper and could be really abusive, also brought music to me. He would buy old jukebox singles, for a penny a piece. Those records were my toys. I played them day and night. They meant the world to me, and are sitting on the shelf four feet away from me right now. They remain my main inspiration. I was this broken little kid, and music was the only thing that could drown out all the chaos I grew up around. I still believe music can change the world – I watched the Beatles do it.”

Full Bob Mould interview with The Guardian right here.

To celebrate here’s
Blue Hearts

BOB MOULD: Facebook

Hüsker Dü (photo by Guzman via FB Hüsker Dü)

HÜSKER DÜ – Sixth & Final LP ‘WAREHOUSE: SONGS AND STORIES’ Released In 1987… Thirty Years Ago

Looking back in time. Memorable moments in sonic history!


‘Warehouse: Songs And Stories’
Released 19 January 1987


Minneapolis noisemakers HÜSKER DÜ released WAREHOUSE: SONGS AND STORIES,
their sixth and final (double) album thirty years ago, on 19 January 1987. The highly praised, vigorous trio excelled in constructing turbulent, red-hot powerhouses fueled
with an army of multi-tracked guitars and imposing choruses. Their last effort was also packed with steamrollers. Like these smoking guns: Charity, Charity, Prudence And Hope / Standing In The Rain / Ice Cold Ice / Could You Be The One? / Tell You Why Tomorrow/ Actual Condition/ You Can Live At Home and promo single She’s A Woman (And Now He’s A Man) . Here’s a swirling appearance on the legendary American The Late Show…

The razor-sharp DIY punk attitude of the early days (‘Revolution starts at home, preferably in
the bathroom mirror
‘ was an uncredited quote on one of the inner sleeves) still was intact on Warehouse, musically as well as lyrically, although the production was way smoother and more polished than before. The competitive ego’s of Bob Mould and Grant Hart,
the DÜ’s two songwriters were a blessing for the ongoing creativeness during the group’s career (1979-1988) but, finally, in the end the chemistry went down the toilets and both wayward characters wanted to be in front all the time. So taking this backbreaking rivalry into account this double LP (20 songs) is quite a startling victory. A slashing goodbye with
a ruthless big bang. Press the button, turn it up, attack your ears…

You can read the laudable review by Rolling Stone Magazine
journalist David Fricke published in March 1987 right here

HÜSKER DÜ: Bio – Discography