Looking for that Replacements/Husker Du sound...

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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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