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Punk en New Wave - Verschenen op 10 november 2017 | Numero Group

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Hüsker Dü, the turbulent comet that illuminated the Minneapolis’ skies between 1978 and 1988, was a very singular deflagration in the American rock of the 80s. A sound barrier as much guitar-filled as rhythmic, which had only few commonalities with all the terrorists from the hardcore scene, with which some had the unfortunate tendency to associate them. Even if their energy was viscerally punk, Bob Mould on guitar, Grant Hart on drums and Greg Norton on bass were of a certain writing calibre. Throughout their discography (six studio albums, among which two double albums), the trio has raised inside their electrical tsunami increasingly melodic compositions. Admittedly, the affair will remain as violent as can be, but you’ll soon understand that Mould was above all a real Beatles and Byrds fan, whose Dü will notably cover Ticket To Ride and Eight Miles High. At the time of their separation in 1988, each one will launch into a solo adventure with varying degrees of success… Savage Young Dü, a superb Pandora’s box conceived by Numero Group (a Chicago label specialized in 5-star re-publications), offers 69 tracks (of which 47 are completely new releases) recorded between 1979 and 1982 and the entirety of Everything Falls Apart (Reflex, 1983) and Land Speed Record (New Alliance, 1982), in an alternative version. It’s a close-up zoom on only one side of the band—the most radical and violent one—but what a close-up zoom! In this America of the Reagan Era, these uncompromising first years offer a frenetic trio, brought up on a diet of their punk godfathers, but which already aligns politically-motivated compositions that are less simple-minded than it seems. Speedier than the Ramones (of which they cover here Chinese Rocks), the Buzzcocks and the Dickies combined, Hüsker Dü makes an “alternative” voice resound, which gives us a glimpse of a slightly more pop (just slightly) future in the following years. But even when they go from independent SST to the major Warner in 1986, Bob Mould, Grant Hart (who died of liver cancer in September 2017) and Greg Norton keep the darkness inside their three complex personalities. Let’s just pray that Numero Group’s republication work will be applied to the 1983/1987 era… © MZ/Qobuz

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