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Zen Arcade

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Something I Learned Today
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Broken Home, Broken Heart
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Never Talking To You Again
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Chartered Trips
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Dreams Reoccurring
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Indecision Time
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Hare Krsna
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Beyond The Threshold
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Pride
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I'll Never Forget You
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The Biggest Lie
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What's Going On
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Masochism World
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Standing By The Sea
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Somewhere
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One Step At A Time
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Pink Turns To Blue
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Newest Industry
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Monday Will Never Be The Same
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Whatever
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The Tooth Fairy And The Princess
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Turn On The News
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Reoccurring Dreams
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Total Tracks: 23   Total Length: 70:27

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Essential Listening

Carlosdev2

This one was on all the year-end ten best lists when it came out and in many ways established SST as a serious label that was more than just moshpits. Punk music with terrific lyrics that never stopped rocking for a minute, even on their acoustic Never Talking To You Again. Raw and merciless, this is the kind of music that changed everything and it will change you too.

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Back when alternative WAS alternative

EMUSIC-00C3F515

Commercial Alternative.............is that a joke.

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So good

regis

Awesome album, just get it.

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Priceless

FatOnnie

Husker Du, and particularly this album, completely rocked my world. You could be an angry punk but still care about things. I have this on vinyl, but the grooves are shot and so is my record player. Sometimes the eMusic album credit downloads are stingy, but this one's a bargain for 12 credits. I agree that this album is "iconic" and one of the best of an era.

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for the ages from the 80's..

EMUSIC-00DE55A3

the white album of the 80's. Double album...they just put it all down and it is pure, raw energy and angst. Never forget the 1st time I heard the LP...doing the dishes one day, maybe 20+ years ago. Monumental work of art.

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An Old Walkman Fav

FlaxSeedsRule

I really damaged my hearing cranking this one on my way to H.S.

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not feeling it

judegreengus

even if i turn up the volume, i'm not feeling this lbum. sorry huskers

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Just get it

gonzoknife

This is one of the iconic albums of the era. Just get it and listen. I'll never understand why Husker Du never became huge.

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Great great album

WORLDBYSTORM

Pushed a metalhead like myself firmly into the punk camp. Turn on the News, What's Going On, standing by the Sea, the aforementioned Pink Turns to Blue, Something I learned to day. Genius.

eMusic Features

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Six Degrees of Green Day’s American Idiot

By Christopher R. Weingarten, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of Green Day’s American Idiot

By Christopher R. Weingarten, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

They Say All Music Guide

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. Hüsker Dü broke all of the rules with Zen Arcade. First and foremost, it’s a sprawling concept album, even if the concept isn’t immediately clear or comprehensible. More important are the individual songs. Both Bob Mould and Grant Hart abandoned the strict “fast, hard, loud” rules of hardcore punk with their songs for Zen Arcade. Without turning down the volume, Hüsker Dü try everything — pop songs, tape experiments, acoustic songs, pianos, noisy psychedelia. Hüsker Dü willed themselves to make such a sprawling record — as the liner notes state, the album was recorded and mixed within 85 hours and consists almost entirely of first takes. That reckless, ridiculously single-minded approach does result in some weak moments — the sound is thin and the instrumentals drag on a bit too long — but it’s also the key to the success of Zen Arcade. Hüsker Dü sound phenomenally strong and possessed, as if they could do anything. The sonic experimentation is bolstered by Mould and Hart’s increased sense of songcraft. Neither writer is afraid to let his pop influences show on Zen Arcade, which gives the songs — from the unrestrained rage of “Something I Learned Today” and the bitter, acoustic “Never Talking to You Again” to the eerie “Pink Turns to Blue” and anthemic “Turn On the News” — their weight. It’s music that is informed by hardcore punk and indie rock ideals without being limited by them. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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