Looking for that Replacements/Husker Du sound...

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ddb (ddb), Monday, 3 January 2005 17:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Check out the pre-"runaway train" Soul Asylum records. Hang Time, and And the Horse They Rode in On are great.

Dead OTM. Hang Time was made for this thread. Maybe the first Buffalo Tom album. Eleventh Dream Day? Archers of Loaf? Run Westy Run? ...

john'n'chicago, Monday, 3 January 2005 17:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The first couple of Eastern Youth albums are purty nice, and sound like Husker Du sung in Japanese.

Good Dog, Monday, 3 January 2005 17:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the AM Stereo album

zaxxon25 (zaxxon25), Monday, 3 January 2005 17:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Big Hits Of Mid-America, Volume Three. This is an amazing compilation of Twin Cities music contemporaneous with early 'Mats / Huskers. And if you buy it online from Twin-Tone, they'll burn your name on the CD, which is sort of cool.

subgenius (subgenius), Monday, 3 January 2005 17:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Monday, 3 January 2005 17:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Exploding Hearts, "Guitar Romantic"

Chuckling at the Tomkat's Marquee (Ben Boyer), Monday, 3 January 2005 17:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, the first couple lemonheads records would do nicely.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 3 January 2005 19:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the magnolias.

hstencil (hstencil), Monday, 3 January 2005 19:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Myonga OTM..

Hate Your Friends, Creator, and maybe Lick. Point being: make sure Ben Deily is on the album.

donut christ (donut), Monday, 3 January 2005 19:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Star Spangles Bazooka!!!

Je4nne ƒury (Jeanne Fury), Monday, 3 January 2005 19:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

there was this one band called nirvana in the early '90s; frank kogan once commented on their "synthesis of husker du type music with bob mould type vocals," but i'm not sure i ever heard those guys myself.

best mid '80s husker du record to come out this year was *dog disco* by leatherface; the previous album i heard by them flipped its wig like new day rising at the metal circus zen arcade as well. (i haven't heard husker's *candy ass grey* and later stuff for decades; ditto any wussy emo dog doo doo the replacements did after *tim.*)

..but yeah, the first squirrel bait EP. and soul asylum's "tied to the tracks" 45. and dinosaur back before they added the "junior." and oh yeah, for westerberg imitations that don't suck, there's "i'm 17" by tommy conwell and perhaps the first (only?) electric angels LP.

chuck, Monday, 3 January 2005 20:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ps)you might also want to do a search for threads on decent mid '90s fake/commercial bubblegrunge hits; local h (and maybe ruth ruth?) definitely deserve a space here, as do probably some other people of that sort.

chuck, Monday, 3 January 2005 20:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I keep thinking the title of this thread is a line from a cigar-chomping record company impresario sending his A&R men out on the road to find acts to sign.


[Then, in a magical town located somewhere in a middle America not unlike Bill Forsyth's Scotland, said A&R man learns the magic of real not corporate rock (even if said message is transmitted through corporate film!) and loosens his tie to follow his long-deferred dream of rocking out himself.]

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


echoinggrove (echoinggrove), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This might be a stretch, but maybe Camper Van Beethoven? I'm thinking of Key Lime Pie in particular.

darin (darin), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

bob moulds post husker band sugar

jake b. (cerybut), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I can't believe what you're saying.

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

there was this one band called nirvana in the early '90s; frank kogan once commented on their "synthesis of husker du type music with bob mould type vocals

also with paul westerberg type lyrics like "i'm worse at what i do best"!

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

sugar sounded nothing like husker du. or, at least, they had none of husker du's good qualities.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, but "Copper Blue" is pretty darn good, donchathink?

darin (darin), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

not particularly, no. it's got one or two good songs, maybe. and it was by far the best thing sugar ever did.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Where did Grant Hart's "2541" appear?

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"2541" was a 12-inch grant put out right after husker du put out, and it's a pretty great ditty, miles beyond bob mould's entire pust-husker output. if i'm not mistaken, it's on grant's first solo album, too, which is only half bad.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

grant harts album from a couple years ago Good News for Modern Man was great...but it was more 60s pop psych than his earlier stuff....

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

there was a late '80s jersey shore band called big nurse that had the husker sound down pretty good. as far as i know, all they ever released was one 7-inch, on heat blast records.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

right after husker du put out

right after husker du broke up, that is. d'oh.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


Since this thread has gone beyond HD/Replacements soundalikes, I'm gonna throw Flipper and Volcano Suns out there. Check 'em both out, but not because they sound like the two you mentioned.

cdwill, Monday, 3 January 2005 20:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

grant harts album from a couple years ago Good News for Modern Man was great...but it was more 60s pop psych than his earlier stuff....

a LOT of his husker stuff was pretty much 60s pop psych.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 3 January 2005 20:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Moving Targets
The Hated

DJ Mencap0))), Monday, 3 January 2005 21:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

a LOT of his husker stuff was pretty much 60s pop psych

i guess i meant more the production...every track is really busy lots of keyboards, etc....his songwriting has always been pretty much classic pop yr right.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Monday, 3 January 2005 21:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Search: The Replacements-Stink or, if you like, The Replacements Stink
Destroy: Dont Tell A Soul

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 3 January 2005 21:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It is possible you have heard all of these, but what the hey.

As mentioned above, Squirrelbait sounds like a 17 year old Paul Westerberg singing for Husker Du.

Early Superchunk might fit your fancy, I'd start Tossing Seeds comp, On The Mouth or Foolish.

If you like The Replacements, I also think you might like The Grifters, although they are not nearly as punk and have a bit of country and psychedelic in their sound. If curious, check "Crappin You Negative", "Eureka" or "Ain't My Lookout".

The Afghan Whigs earlier albums "Congregation" and "Gentleman" might also work. It isn't punk, but I would think that the Mats and Huskers are pretty big influences on their sound before they got all obessed with R&B.

As Dinosaur Jr is mentioned above, might as well put Sebadoh on here.

Another band not mentioned and not punk, but The Screaming Trees were a melodic band with some big fuzzy guitars, especially on "Buzz Factory". They have a bit of the 60s psych in their sound like Husker Du and Mark Lanegan has a great voice.

Sugar sounds to me a bit like Warehouse era Husker Du run through a big Swervedriver/Catherine Wheel/Ride production sheen. Mind you if you like Sugar, I can't see not liking some of those bands I mentioned either.

Earl Nash (earlnash), Tuesday, 4 January 2005 01:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Mencap is bang on with the Moving Targets. The first album Burning In Water from 1986 is an absolute classic and I'm not kidding at all when I say that 'Less Than Gravity' is just about my favourite US indie single of the 1980s. Godlike.

Of a slightly lesser order of greatness, Dragnet were around at about the same time and had a sound somewhere between the Ramones, Husker Du and even maybe New Order. They came from Minneapolis and though I can't find much info on them online, i know they had couple of singles ('So Blind' and 'Five Days') and an album called Life In General which are all pretty good. That first single is their best though. I think maybe Grant Hart might have produced some of their stuff but I'm a bit sketchy about it.

Check out the Cateran too if you can find any of their stuff. They came from Scotland and had a couple of albums out (the first being the thrashier of the two) and also a couple of excellent EPs. Quite close in sound to Husker Du, a really nice mix of tunes and general raucousness. Actually there's a Huskers connection here too - IIRC the Cateran were Grant Hart's backing band on his first solo dates in the UK.

NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 4 January 2005 09:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...


^ Still sounds godlike to me. The Mission of Burma influence is pretty obvious, but that last one minute is just epic, love the sound of those two guitars chasing each others tails like a pair of woozy swallows.

Chaim Poutine (NickB), Thursday, 26 August 2010 20:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

There's some other amazing Targets footage recently uploaded to Youtube too btw e.g...


Chaim Poutine (NickB), Thursday, 26 August 2010 21:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Young sure are pulling it off


bendy, Thursday, 26 August 2010 21:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

If you take Squirrel Bait as an answer, then this amazing song probably follows:


dlp9001, Thursday, 26 August 2010 23:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

now that's a fucking riff. was SO in love with that song circa 1989. 45 had a pretty hilarious kiss tribute called "rockin' marky" on the b-side, iirc. haven't heard "my pal" in forever, though i've still got a couple old mix tapes on which it appears in a box somewhere. rotating box of mini images during the solo cracks me up. and singer's braces! so cuet!

never followed up. god got any other songs of that caliber?

a dystopian society awaits if we continue on this path. (contenderizer), Friday, 27 August 2010 00:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

Alls I know is that a compilation of most (all?) their stuff just came out this year. I don't have it. I bought an LP by them some years ago, only listened to it a few times, but don't remember anything nearly as good on it.

dlp9001, Friday, 27 August 2010 00:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

Had the God album too, but I don't remember ever playing it much. Never really thought about them in the same context as Squirrel Bait before, but now you mention it, there is a similarity. Especially the vocals - could definitely hear that God guy yelling 'I don't need no pig stomping on my buzz'.

Chaim Poutine (NickB), Friday, 27 August 2010 07:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Have never heard of the Young though, nice Westerbergish raspy vocals there!

Chaim Poutine (NickB), Friday, 27 August 2010 07:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

Don't the Hold Steady fit this kind of sound pretty well?

margana (anagram), Friday, 27 August 2010 10:15 (seven years ago) Permalink


I mean, I love the hold steady and all, but it's a very different rock sound/vibe.

Daniel, Esq., Friday, 27 August 2010 11:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

I dunno, I'm no expert on the Replacements but I certainly hear echoes of Let It Be and Tim in THS. And Finn came out with this in an interview the other day:

Finn and guitarist Tad Kubler come from Minnesota, and The Hold Steady songs are infused with the place and spirit of the Replacements, who came out of Minneapolis to be the best rock ’n’ roll band of the 1980s — when the teen-aged Finn was discovering music.

“They’re a big part of why I’m in a rock band,” he said. “When we started the Hold Steady, it was, ‘Wow, there are no bands with big guitars and smart lyrics. That’s what the Replacements' thing was. What about a smart band that rocks?’”

That thinking has led many to compare The Hold Steady to Bruce Springsteen, Finn said. But “I’ve listened to 100 Replacements records for every Springsteen record, and I’m a huge Springsteen fan.”

margana (anagram), Friday, 27 August 2010 11:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...


^ still fucking love this song by Dragnet. From 1986-ish, think they were from Minneapolis

btw didn't i braek ur heart (NickB), Sunday, 6 May 2012 20:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Kind of Husker Du meets Joy Division

btw didn't i braek ur heart (NickB), Sunday, 6 May 2012 20:09 (five years ago) Permalink

^ Homestead Records splashing out at least $150 on a video for the Volcano Suns

btw didn't i braek ur heart (NickB), Sunday, 6 May 2012 20:39 (five years ago) Permalink

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