Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Hüsker Dü: Zen Arcade (1984)
Just when it seemed like Hüsker Dü couldn't record a release longer than 30 minutes, out comes Zen Arcade, clocking in a 69 minutes. So many good things have been said about this record, it's difficult to add anything meaningful. Wikipedia says this:
"Zen Arcade and subsequent Hüsker Dü albums were instrumental in the creation of the alternative rock genre; the band would later abandon the hardcore aesthetic entirely in favor of a post-hardcore style of melodic, guitar-driven alternative rock. While not commercially successful, the influence of Zen Arcade has stretched beyond the underground music sphere. It is frequently included on lists of the all-time best rock and roll albums and it continues to have a cult following." [source]
Allmusic says this:
"In many ways, it's impossible to overestimate the impact of Hüsker Dü's Zen Arcade on the American rock underground in the '80s. It's the record that exploded the limits of hardcore and what it could achieve." [source]
I'll leave it at that.