Hüsker Dü

Alternative RockHardcore Punk

Years active: 1979–1988



The members of Hüsker Dü desired to escape the restrictions of the hardcore genre. In an interview with Steve Albini for his Matter column in 1983, singer and guitarist Bob Mould told Albini: “We’re going to try to do something bigger than anything like rock & roll and the whole puny touring band idea. I don’t know what it’s going to be, we have to work that out, but it’s going to go beyond the whole idea of ‘punk rock’ or whatever.”

The following year, Hüsker Dü recorded the double album Zen Arcade in 45 hours for the cost of $3,200. Zen Arcade is a concept album following a boy who leaves home to face a harsh and unforgiving world. It’s artistic and conceptual ambitions were a great stretch, given the purist sentiment then prevalent in U.S. punk rock.

Zen Arcade received critical praise and significant mainstream music press attention, ending up on several year-end best-of lists; it also helped expand the band’s audience beyond the punk community. In his review for Rolling Stone, David Fricke described Zen Arcade as “the closest hardcore will ever get to an opera … a kind of thrash Quadrophenia.” In 1989, Zen Arcade was ranked #33 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s. SST erred on the side of caution and initially pressed between 3,500 and 5,000 copies of the album, but the record sold out a few weeks into the band’s tour to support the record. The album remained out of stock for months afterward, which affected sales and frustrated the band.


Husker Du – In A Free Land


Hüsker Dü – Celebrated Summer


Hüsker Dü – Pink Turns To Blue


Husker Du – Could You Be The One


Hüsker Dü – Makes No Sense At All


Husker Du – Don’t Want to Know If you are Lonely


Everything Falls Apart


Zen Arcade


New Day Rising


Flip Your Wig


Candy Apple Grey


Warehouse: Songs And Stories


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