Few will have been banking on the possibility of fresh material from Minneanapolis hardcore heroes Hüsker Dü, who underwent one of rock’s all-time ugly break-ups back in 1988 (seriously: things got so ugly between frontman Bob Mould and drummer/vocalist Greg Hart that Mould later claimed he took “full responsibility” for their manager’s suicide – now that’s a falling out).
But Hüsker Dü’s reputation held firm – Krist Novoselic once said that Nirvana were “nothing new, Hüsker Dü did it before us”. And now, this year’s Record Store Day has turned up this – not brand new material, that’s not coming in a hurry, but a double seven-inch pack that harks back to the band’s primal beginnings.
Two tracks, ‘Amusement’ and ‘Statues’, were released by the band in 1980, but two tracks dating from the same session, ‘Writer’s Cramp’ and ‘Let’s Go Die’, have to date never seen official release. Discordant post-punk with shades of Public Image Limited and Gang Of Four, the songs predate the group’s shift into fast-paced hardcore on 1983’s ‘Everything Falls Apart’, and their later artistic maturation on 1984’s double-album alternative classic ‘Zen Arcade’.
The double seven-inch will be limited to 4,000 pressings and will be available in selected Record Store Day shops on April 20th.