23 Songs, 1 Hour 10 Minutes

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.

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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