Thursday, 3 November 2011

Dü Hüskers: The Twin Cities Replay Zen Arcade (1993)

Imagine being handed the task of reconstructing, in whole or part, a Hüsker Dü album -- any of the seminal recordings by the band who essentially reshaped the destructive, insular contour of 1980s hardcore. Now imagine being asked to take on Zen Arcade, the grandaddy of them all -- the cyclonic double album that devoured its own influences and churned out, at an amphetamine pace, a howling raison d'être for disillusioned punks everywhere. An intimidating task, to say the least. Which is why it's so surprising that this song-for-song "replay" of the band's loosely concept-based album succeeds much more frequently than it fails. As it would've been impossible to re-create the intensity of the legendary, recorded-in-85-hours masterpiece, most of the 24 Twin Cities-based bands who appear as the Dü Hüskers wisely (and this is probably as much to the credit of executive producer Pat Whalen as the artists) avoid an attempt at mimicking the roiling, vociferous monster that is Zen Arcade, instead opting to soak up the songs in their respective MOs, thereby enabling the return of some gratifying renditions molded in their own images. Which is not to say that there aren't plenty of reverential loud/fast covers here, but the strength of the compilation lies in the diversity of the artists and their willingness to freely interpret the songs. And that, along with local writer Terri Sutton's loving and eloquent liner notes, is probably the most fitting living eulogy for the band, and it makes for one of the most well-deserved and honestly crafted tributes in a genre littered with garish throwaways.
~ Bryan Carroll, All Music Guide

1. Hammerhead - Something I Learned Today
2. The Mighty Mofos - Broken Home, Broken Heart
3. Prest Asbestus - Never Talking To You Again
4. Muskellunge - Chartered Trips
5. Lies Incorporated & T.V.B.C. - Dreams Reoccurring
6. Superball '63 - Indecision Time
7. Dogfight - Hare Krsna
8. God's Favorite Band - Beyond The Threshold
9. Pseudonymphs - Pride
10. Salbando - I'll Never Forget You
11. Dylan Hicks + 3 Pesos - The Biggest Lie
12. Janitor Joe - What's Going On
13. Vertigo - Masochism World
14. Zuzu's Petals - Standing By The Sea
15. Walt Mink - Somewhere
16. Flour - One Step At A Time
17. The Blue Up - Pink Turns To Blue
18. Balloon Guy - Newest Industry
19. Willie Wisely Trio - Monday Will Never Be The Same
20. Arcwelder - Whatever
21. Teenage Larvae - The Tooth Fairy And The Princess
22. Big Trouble House - Turn On The News
23. T.V.B.C. - Reoccurring Dreams
24. The Hang-Ups - Eight Miles High

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ate2zee said...

Thankyou Punks Make Your Day for making my day today. Just discovered you moments ago on a Google search for a translation of a Bob Hund song title from a Nomads tribute album I had, but you also offer which brought up your site. I'm very glad for your posting of Du Huskers--a tribute to Zen Arcade. I'd not heard of this record, but do follow Twin Cities bands & of course have great affection for Husker Du & Zen Arcade. You have a great site--I wish you continued success in these troubled times where punk & blues are sorely needed.

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