Sunday, March 16, 2014

Download Rare Demo From Husker Du Here

I count myself lucky that I got to see Husker Du play live at least once.

I got Candy Apple Grey when it was released in 1986 and then spent the rest of that summer going back and getting most of their other stuff...on cassette.

The trio had rage, power, and melody. That combination seemed as invigorating and inspiring as The Who, and I had -- like other suburban teenage boys -- been a huge Who fan when I was 15 or 16. In 1986, I was 19 and listening to a lot of pretentious 4AD stuff -- and probably the first Blue Nile album -- and Husker Du made me get back into American rock again after a few months away. They were the antithesis of that British stuff and I got into the Replacements because of Husker Du -- some review mentioned both bands or something.

This track is an outtake from 1985's New Day Rising. I'm sure if you look, you can find other rarities from these guys out there on the web.