Hüsker Dü - Metal Circus
A bit of classic hardcore then to ease me back into my blogging seat. Released in 1983, Metal Circus was the perfect (mini)record to link the earlier, thrashier hardcore sound of the Du with the developing super-songwriting wonders that would be revealed a year later on the incomparably perfect Zen Arcade, which is probably the only double album of traditional songs I can sit through in one listen and not get bored (I say traditional because something like GYBE's Lift works okay, but they're not being forced to write hooks!). It's (we're back to non-tangent talk now) a short one, just seven songs lasting a snappy 19 minutes or so, but there's a lot of great stuff there. You get the first hints of Grant Hart's beatlesy melodic songwriting on Funny Anymore and the rather morbid Diane (later covered slightly badly by Irish greats Therapy?), as well as some five prime Mould numbers. Speaking of old Bob, he'll be performing in London on the 21st January at the Roundhouse Studio. Go!
Hüsker Dü - Its Not Funny Anymore
Hüsker Dü - First Of The Last Calls
Hüsker Dü - Diane