Editors’ Notes Following the progress of the 1983 EP Metal Circus, Hüsker Dü released Zen Arcade, a double-LP concept album about a boy who leaves home and enters a dangerous world. It's Quadrophenia for the next generation. It has stood the test of time as one of the '80s indie rock scene's greatest achievements, working past its hardcore punk roots to include a chilling acoustic track ("Never Talking to You Again"), pastiches of surreal sound ("Hare Krsna," "Reoccurring Dreams"), and tuneful punk anthems ("Turn on the News," "What's Going On," "Something I Learned Today"). The advantage of one band having two formidable singers and songwriters—guitarist Bob Mould and drummer Grant Hart—meant there was no let-up in the material's quality. The desperation that seeps into tracks such as "Pride" and "I'll Never Forget You" is enhanced by the real pressures the band members felt as they recorded and mixed the whole album in 85 hours of studio time. This is hard indie rock performed in a pressure cooker.

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Something I Learned Today
1
2:02
 
Broken Home, Broken Heart
2
2:04
 
Never Talking to You Again
3
1:40
 
Chartered Trips
4
3:39
 
Dreams Reoccurring
5
1:40
 
Indecision Time
6
2:14
 
Hare Krsna
7
3:35
 
Beyond the Threshold
8
1:36
 
Pride
9
1:48
 
I'll Never Forget You
10
2:19
 
The Biggest Lie
11
2:02
 
What's Going On
12
4:23
 
Masochism World
13
2:47
 
Standing By the Sea
14
3:22
 
Somewhere
15
2:31
 
One Step At a Time
16
0:44
 
Pink Turns to Blue
17
2:42
 
Newest Industry
18
3:05
 
Monday Will Never Be the Same
19
0:53
 
Whatever
20
3:52
 
The Tooth Fairy and the Princess
21
2:44
 
Turn On the News
22
4:27
 
Reoccurring Dreams
23
14:00
 

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