Today’s band is Hüsker Dü. Though they have never been radio darlings, later bands such as the Pixies and Nirvana have claimed this early hardcore punk group as being an integral influence to their sound. Finding the inspirations of your favorite musicians can be a great way to open yourself up to music you would have never heard otherwise, so let’s take a look at 1984’s Zen Arcade.
This album was originally released as a double album and it really feels like two or three entirely different projects stitched together. It swings abruptly back and forth between frothing at the mouth punk to melody driven reflections so fast it feels like listening to two different bands at some points.
Zen Arcade has an overarching story line of a young man who runs away from home to find a new life. Along the way he dabbles in drugs, relationships, religion, and…
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