HUSKER DU V. Replacements

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I've heard more Husker Du albums than Replacements albums, but I prefer Let It Be to any Husker I've heard.

Duane Barry, Friday, 16 November 2007 22:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

>>Sorry Ma Forgot to Take Out the Trash > Land Speed Record {though not by much}
I agree with all of those matchups but this one. Even looking online at titles, I can't recall a single song on LSR. I can hear almost every song from Sorry Ma in my head WITHOUT a tracklist.

But I said Sorry Ma was better! So we agree (though maybe not on the "though not by much" -- though I'm not even sure I agree with myself on that one, to be honest.)

Toss up:

"Statues" vs. "If Only You Were Lonely" (actually, I'm not even sure I ever heard the former. Didn't it sound like Wire or something? I used to own the 45 of the latter, but I retardedly got rid of it along the line.)

Btw, like Scott sort of, I now own nothing by either band on vinyl. At all. I don't think. Which, yeah, is weird. I've got the first four Replacements on CD, since they were reissued a few years ago. I've got Zen Arcade on a fucking CD-R, which has even worse sound quality than the album orignally did. But that's it, I think.

xhuxk, Friday, 16 November 2007 23:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Because of the Husker Du sound quality issue it seems recorded comparisons are a bit unfair, so -- Husker Du were better live. A Replacements show was a party, a Husker Du show was an event.

dad a, Friday, 16 November 2007 23:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Grant's songs had more in common with Westerberg's -- both sounded young, dumb, full of cum, with a weakness for hokum (love them both). Adulthood always peeked out of the best Mould songs.

Aargh. This is impossible. At this moment I'd rather play "Shootin' Dirty Pool" than "Books About UFO's."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 16 November 2007 23:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

husker du by far, 2 good songwriters > than 1. i like variety.

gershy, Saturday, 17 November 2007 05:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

My answer is obvious, as my argument with Mr Que on the Replacements book thread likely inspired this one, but...

Replacements = one of the five greatest rock and roll bands of all time

Husker Du = one of the most overrated, bland, and horribly produced bands of all time

No contest for me.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 17 November 2007 07:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh goodie, a poll just for me

Hmm. Replacements wrote songs that have & had devastating emotional effects on me, and got me thru some difficult times when I discovered them as an undergrad.

Husker Du is far better at obliterating me sonically, and so far more into my realm of what i want music to be like, with hypersonics and a wide spectrum of distorted harmonics, the kind that link up with Dino Jr/MBV/Pixies/Nirvana. They far more inform the kind of music that i would personally make, too.

Let It Be as an album, Husker Du as a catalog. I can still listen and enjoy every album, but I can't really stand the last coupla Mats albums(singles aside).

Husker Du by a nose.

Also, husker du + replacements = Superchunk.

kingfish, Saturday, 17 November 2007 07:53 (ten years ago) Permalink


I can grant you the bad-production beef but "bland" is crazytalk

gotta go with huskers

dmr, Saturday, 17 November 2007 09:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

My answer is obvious, as my argument with Mr Que on the Replacements book thread likely inspired this one, but..

Inspired by the Replacements thread, yes, but I haven't posted there.

Mr. Que, Saturday, 17 November 2007 14:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

i think you mean M@tt???

Mr. Que, Saturday, 17 November 2007 14:23 (ten years ago) Permalink


M.V., Saturday, 17 November 2007 15:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

Husker Du by a hair, but for me Green demolishes both (and did so live a few times).

otm. i saw said demolition a couple of times. it wasn't pretty.

Lawrence the Looter, Saturday, 17 November 2007 15:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Husker Du by far. But while Metal Circus and Zen Arcade sound okay, but the rest of their recordings sound like shite. So if/when Merge or Ryko reissues them, will the remasters help? Is there hope? The Meat Puppets and Dinosaur Jr. fared well...

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 17 November 2007 16:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

'Mats by far. But I'm a sicko who likes All Shook Down (but not Don't Tell a Soul). i bought New Day rising when it came out and liked four songs. The Mats bootlegs I've heard are better than their albums. The Husker boots sound like putting your head in an incinerator...too loud, maybe? recorders didn't capture it...

smurfherder, Saturday, 17 November 2007 17:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Just great—a death match between my two fave rock bands of the mid '80s. I think I’ll just cop-out totally and go with Nirvana—who seemed to split the difference between ‘em, after all—thanks.

JN$OT, Saturday, 17 November 2007 18:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

<i>Don't Tell a Soul</i> is Replacements most underrated album by far -- bad production (man, they had three shit-sounding records in a row there, Pleased is OK but drums are way too loud), and the Goo Goo Dolls kinda developed their later sound out of it, but I look at the track list now and remember how in love I was with it when it first came out and if my copy were still around I bet it would hold up.

Mark Rich@rdson, Saturday, 17 November 2007 18:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Don't Tell A Soul is great, and worth tracking down again (probably available for 1 cent online, it was bargain bin shortly after it came out). "Talent Show" is one of my favorite album openers, esp. when the drums come in. "Achin' To Be" holds up; I even love "We'll Inherit The Earth" which I reckon drew battlelines for longtime Mats fans. And "I'll Be You" is a great single.

Euler, Saturday, 17 November 2007 18:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

^^^ OTM, all four of those tracks are fantastic!

stephen, Saturday, 17 November 2007 18:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

i like that record. wrote an embarrassingly enthusiastic review of it for my college paper (i think i was mostly excited to be writing about the replacements), but it holds up ok. lyrics get kinda shaky -- i think paul read too many articles calling him a poet -- but the songs are pretty nice.

tipsy mothra, Saturday, 17 November 2007 18:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

I liked DTAS at the time too. That bit on 'Rock'n'Roll Ghost' where Westerberg's voice breaks down a little, dunno if that was planned or spontaneous or what, but that always moved me. 'Talent Show' is a great song too, but I don't remember all that much about the rest of the record now.

Gotta go with Husker Du, whose music at its best sounded like it was busting through the atmosphere.

NickB, Saturday, 17 November 2007 19:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wonder why no one in the '80s though HD records "sounded terrible"

(I'm sure someone did, but no one read them)

Dr Morbius, Saturday, 17 November 2007 20:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

I have never understood the appeal of Husker Du at all. They're a hardcore band but they're not that intense or crazy. They've got pop hooks but they aren't memorable. They experiment in the studio but everything sounds thin and shitty. And Bob Mould's lyrics and voice are awful.

So Repleacements.

filthy dylan, Saturday, 17 November 2007 21:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Mats. More. Better. Holds up longer.

niceboy, Saturday, 17 November 2007 21:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wonder why no one in the '80s though HD records "sounded terrible"

(I'm sure someone did, but no one read them)


Zen Arcade [SST, 1984]
I'll swear on a stack of singles that "Turn on the News" could rouse as much rabble as "London Calling" or "Anarchy in the U.K." I play side three for pleasure and side two for catharsis. And I get a kick out of the whole fucking thing, right down to the fourteen-minute guitar showcase/mantra that finishes it off. But though I hate to sound priggish, I do think it could have used a producer. I mean, it was certainly groovy (not to mention manly) to record first takes and then mix down for forty hours straight, but sometimes the imperfections this economical method so proudly incorporates could actually be improved upon. It wouldn't be too much of a compromise to make sure everyone sings into the mike, for instance, and it's downright depressing to hear Bob Mould's axe gather dust on its way from vinyl to speakers. Who knows, put them in the studio with some hands-off technician--Richard Gottehrer, Tony Bongiovi, like that--and side two might even qualify as cathartic music rather than cathartic noise. A-

JN$OT, Saturday, 17 November 2007 21:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Very funny, from Mark Prindle's website a review of a Replacements bootleg:

Any fan of The Replacements should own this. The rarities are key - KEY - to understanding why Paul Westerberg's solo work is a little sketchier than his band material. It's bacuz he ALWAYS wrote songs like this, but used to have the inimitable creativity to back it up with incredible melodies time and time again. He STILL pulls it off quite a bit - he's just not as invincible as he used to be. He's too old for this shit. A buddy film with him in it would be opportune. He could star with Bob Mould as a couple of former Minneapolis rock stars who get paired together as rookie policemen. No! Paul could be the rookie policeman who's paired with an older GAY partner. Bob is close to retirement and gay but he's agreed to do one more case for the Chief. And Paul Westerberg keeps messing up because he's so excited and nervous about his new job. And Dave Pirner could be the bad guy who steals thousands of dollars worth of jewels from the nightclub, which is generally where jewels are kept. And Prince could play a hilarious Martin Short-esque character who runs around screaming and flapping his arms up and down effiminately. Maybe an anvil could fall on his head and little birdies could start flying around in a circle as he passes out. And then The Cows could come in and the action could stop for several hours while, at my insistence (I play the hardboiled but good-hearted bartender), they play every single song in their catalog, including "Danny Is A Faggot."

Mr. Que, Saturday, 17 November 2007 22:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

They're a hardcore band but they're not that intense or crazy.

Shhh! Don't tell him about their cover of "Eight Miles High"!

Formerly Painful Dentistry, Saturday, 17 November 2007 23:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

I went ahead and voted for Dü Hüskers since they at least acted like they gave a shit.

Pleasant Plains, Saturday, 17 November 2007 23:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wonder why no one in the '80s though HD records "sounded terrible"

I dig the aesthetic of a lot of Spot's productions for SST. Listen with headphones and they're a whole lot better -- enveloping, or 'gelatinous' as he termed it himself. Zen Arcade sounds fantastic through headphones to me.

But remastering could help bring out their better qualities, for sure. (According to Jack Brewer, at least some of SST's CD output was transferred from the vinyl, not the master tapes. Eek.)

MacDara, Saturday, 17 November 2007 23:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Voted for HD, but it was close. I wish this had been a HD vs. Mats vs. Minutemen poll.

Rock Hardy, Sunday, 18 November 2007 00:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

That would have been the start of a 'Our Band Could Be Your Life' poll. Which band could be your life?

Black Flag
The Minutemen
Mission of Burma
Minor Threat
Hüsker Dü
The Replacements
Sonic Youth
Butthole Surfers
Big Black
Dinosaur Jr
Beat Happening

Has this been done yet?

NickB, Sunday, 18 November 2007 00:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

That would be impossible for me I think.

NickB, Sunday, 18 November 2007 00:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

"They're a hardcore band but they're not that intense or crazy."

"Shhh! Don't tell him about their cover of "Eight Miles High"!"

or land speed record for that matter. sheesh, data control is one of my all time fave intense crazy punk moments ever.

i never had a problem with the sound of zen arcade. i thought it sounded cool then and now. new day rising was harsher when it came to the intheredness of the guitars. i dunno. it's how they sounded. they sounded kinda fucked. it never bothered me much.

scott seward, Sunday, 18 November 2007 00:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

The 'mats were one of my half-dozen favourite bands at one point, but that point was 20 years ago, and I lost interest after I quit working at the college radio station. Their shambolic lovable-loser persona seemed to become more self-consciously forced, and the post-Bob Stinson LPs were dismal. If Twin/Tone ever reissued their entire catalog on a coupla shiny remastered twofers, I'd probably buy them. But rarely would I play 'em.

The Huskers (also among my favourites) I never stopped loving. Twice as many great songs/songwriters and one of the alltime-great noise-guitarists. And I don't think their records sounded THAT bad. (At least, not all of 'em.)

Myonga Vön Bontee, Sunday, 18 November 2007 12:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Pleasant Plains and MVB otm.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Sunday, 18 November 2007 17:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've never really noticed good or bad production, anyway. No muso.

Dr Morbius, Sunday, 18 November 2007 22:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

also, if xgau liked them so much regardless, how important is it?

Dr Morbius, Sunday, 18 November 2007 22:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

With a lot of musicians, like, for instance, Elvis or the Beatles, the legend, which may draw you in at first, eventually goes bad and starts to interfere with your ability to enjoy the music. This is one reason reason why somebody (like edd s hurt for example) can prefer the cooler, more abstract, more detached sound of the Byrds to that of the more eager to please Beatles (cf nabisco on this subject)- for one thing you don't have as much to feel guilty about when the thrill is a little bit gone. If you stay away for a while, or listen in smaller doses you can usual rehabilitate and relearn to enjoy the music. The ratio of The Replacements looming legend versus their actual recorded output presents a real problem in this regard.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 19 November 2007 05:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

On another tack youtube fite!

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 19 November 2007 05:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

Don't forget to click on fite!

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 19 November 2007 05:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

H & R Block Reason Number 195 to vote for Hüsker Dü- their bass player is a dead ringer for a certain beloved ILX muso.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 19 November 2007 05:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh, wait.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 19 November 2007 05:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

I would have posted a link to "Johnny's Gonna Die," but teh Genius's guitar was so out of tune that I couldn't take it.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 19 November 2007 05:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Then again, Irving Berlin could barely play piano, and even then only in one key!

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 19 November 2007 05:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Monday, 26 November 2007 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Tuesday, 27 November 2007 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

ohhhhhhhhhh whatever you people

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 27 November 2007 00:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

well, the Replacements WANTED to lose. It fits the profile.

smurfherder, Tuesday, 27 November 2007 00:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

poll otm

pretzel walrus, Tuesday, 27 November 2007 19:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

This should have been more of a blowout.

Bill Magill, Tuesday, 27 November 2007 19:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

This should have been more of a blowout.

Funny, I was thinking it should have been a 45-45 tie.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 25 August 2009 23:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

Minutemen cover choices did more to predict/determine what my tastes would later evolve into than I care to admit...

me too. first place i ever heard "the red and the black" f'rinstance.

thx guys

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 22:43 (five years ago) Permalink

re: all that history junk i posted upthread, i do understand how dino's 70s revivalism might have been or seemed especially influential on punk people and scenes in the NY/PA/MA/CT/NH area.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 22:49 (five years ago) Permalink

like minutemen, flag, meat pups, red kross and the surfers were all west coast, 'mats and lips were midwestern. dinos were some of the first northeastern ex-hardcore types to really go that way.

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 22:52 (five years ago) Permalink

uh, if arizona = "west coast"

you know

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 22:56 (five years ago) Permalink

or y'know, texas

bear, bear, bear, Friday, 20 April 2012 23:16 (five years ago) Permalink

wow this 85 full huskers show youtube posted upthread is solidfying my already pro-huskers opinion

l0u1s j0rdan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 20 April 2012 23:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Makes sense.

No--makes no sense at all. (I didn't scroll back far enough to see what made sense--just couldn't pass that up.)

clemenza, Friday, 20 April 2012 23:37 (five years ago) Permalink

or y'know, texas

lol, yeah. i get caught up in the typing and forget to thimk. add a seperate category for "southwest" i guess...

It occurs to me that this was "MY MUSIC", the post-hardcore 70's revival moment. This is the sound that introduced me to a world larger than the radio, MTV and my friends' & parents' record collections. I loved all the bands & albums mentioned up above, along with associated & similar stuff like Camper Van Beethoven, Violent Femmes, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Pixies, Pussy Galore, Halo of Flies and Mudhoney. All of it seemed like punk to me, or like a version of punk I could relate to and make my own. As embarrassed as I am to admit it, I saw this music an "artful" version of punk, one "liberated" from the tiresome loud-fast orthodoxy and polemical simplicity I associated with 77 punkrock and American hardcore. It fit together in my head with the Nuggets & Back From the Grave comps; with The Stooges, Dolls & Ramones; freakazoid outliers like Chrome & F/i; and Aussie shit like The Saints, Scientists & Radio Birdman.

What seems strange now is simply the fact that this music seemed so radically adventurous and forward-thinking to me at the time. It's clear in retrospect that it was simply an attempt to forge a connection between punk rock, itself already becoming dated, and what punk had supposedly replaced. I flirted with more genuinely futuristic stuff like Skinny Puppy, Sonic Youth (and their Blast First sistren) and weird new trends in club music. I liked a lot of fairly straightforward punk-punk like Naked Raygun, Squirrel Bait, the Didjits and Husker Du, spent time with the thrash, speed and crossover metal my sketchier friends dug, but crit-approved revivalist rock-as-punk was MY SHIT. I wasn't inclined to follow Big Black into the Wax Trax scene, Foetus & Skinny Puppy into industrial goth, Voivod into death metal, or MARRS into house. Instead, I followed the children of Redd Kross into indie rock. GBV here we come...

No regrets, but there's something kind of funny about my naivete when I look back on it now. I was so certain that this was THEE MUSIC OV THEE FUTURE!

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Friday, 20 April 2012 23:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Arizona's Pacific Time for eight months a year anyway.

pplains, Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:41 (five years ago) Permalink

It occurs to me that this was "MY MUSIC", the post-hardcore 70's revival moment.

Me too, for real. Well, that, twinned with UK 'modern rock' (Echo, New Order, solo Robyn H, etc). Those were the left and right shoes of 14 y.o. me walking into THEE_FUTURE

aluminum rivets must not be proud of their plastic bosses (Jon Lewis), Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Thread revival inspired a little "Makes No Sense at all" analysis:

timellison, Monday, 23 April 2012 00:06 (five years ago) Permalink

that's really cool tim, i've played in bands for forever but i never learned any theory or how to read music, i really regret that. love reading stuff like that though.

l0u1s j0rdan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 23 April 2012 15:19 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Can anyone recommend a Replacements CDR80?

Sandy Borehole (S-), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 07:54 (five years ago) Permalink

I don't know for sure, but I bet "Hootenany," "Let It Be" and "Tim" total not much more than 80 minutes.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'd say that would be a pretty good primer, particularly the latter two-- though Hootenany kinds of captures the spirit of the band better than the second two

Poliopolice, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 14:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Wikipedia includes running times, so here are my personal favourites:

"Johnny's Gonna Die" (3:32)
"Kids Don't Follow" (2:50)
"Go" (2.29)
"Color Me Impressed" (2:25)
"Within Your Reach" (4:24)
"Hayday" (2:06)
"I Will Dare" (3:18)
"Favorite Thing" (2:19)
"Unsatisfied" (4:01)
"Answering Machine" (3:40)
"Bastards of Young" (3:35)
"Left of the Dial" (3:41)
"Alex Chilton" (3:12)
"Can't Hardly Wait" (3:02)
"I'll Be You" (3:27)
"Rock 'n' Roll Ghost" (3:23)
"Pool & Dive" (2:07)

That'd get you to around 53 minutes. I've left out songs that most everyone else loves--never cared for either their overly jokey side, or their loungey stuff--so maybe so one else can fill out the rest.

clemenza, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 14:49 (five years ago) Permalink

"someone else"

clemenza, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 14:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Clemenza left off "Swinging Party", "Waitress in the Sky", "Skyway", "Little Mascara", "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out", "Kill Me on the Bus", "Talent Show," "Anywhere's Better than Here,"... godddammit, there's a lot of shit missing

Poliopolice, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:02 (five years ago) Permalink

"Kill Me on the Bus"... jesus, I've been taking public transit too long.

Poliopolice, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Honestly, that Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? best of from 2006 is a pretty solid introduction.

1. "Takin' a Ride" (from Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, 1981) 2:23
2. "Shiftless When Idle" (from Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, 1981) 2:18
3. "Kids Don't Follow" (from The Replacements Stink, 1982) 2:50
4. "Color Me Impressed" (from Hootenanny, 1983) 2:27
5. "Within Your Reach" (from Hootenanny, 1983) 2:27
6. "I Will Dare" (from Let It Be, 1984) 3:19
7. "Answering Machine" (from Let It Be, 1984) 3:40
8. "Unsatisfied" (from Let It Be, 1984) 4:02
9. "Here Comes a Regular" (from Tim, 1985) 4:49
10. "Kiss Me on the Bus" (from Tim, 1985) 2:54
11. "Bastards of Young" (from Tim, 1985) 3:37
12. "Left of the Dial" (from Tim, 1985) 3:43
13. "Alex Chilton" (Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, Chris Mars; from Pleased to Meet Me, 1987) 3:13
14. "Skyway" (from Pleased to Meet Me, 1987) 2:05
15. "Can't Hardly Wait" (from Pleased to Meet Me, 1987) 3:04
16. "Achin' to Be" (from Don't Tell a Soul, 1989) 3:41
17. "I'll Be You" (from Don't Tell a Soul, 1989) 3:29
18. "Merry Go Round" (from All Shook Down, 1990) 3:40
19. "Message to the Boys" 3:27
20. "Pool & Dive" 2:07

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:05 (five years ago) Permalink

pplains, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Mine closely mirrors that Rhino compilation--I posted about how great I thought it was on a Replacements thread.

clemenza, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Plus yours adds "Johnny's Gonna Die," which isn't on the Rhino comp and which I think is a must-have.

Ermahgerd Thomas (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:19 (five years ago) Permalink

I just happened to hear the demo of "Answering Machine" and I still can't figure out how the hell he plays it. Is there a tuning chart somewhere? Sounds great as demo as well, though lyrics are still in progress...

dlp9001, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 01:15 (five years ago) Permalink

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