Monday, October 17, 2005

Do You Remember Husker Du?

What is going on with the Husker Du catalog? I read an interview with Grant Hart a while ago in which he said that he believe the SST albums were now in the bands possession and they were thinking about doing some nice reissues through, possibly, Warners or Rhino. His only stipulation was that Greg Norton get his fair cut of the profits.

So what is going on? When I look at what a good job Ryko did with the Meat Puppets catalog, I salivate, knowing what is locked away in the Husker Du vaults. Every album had a handful of outtakes and they did several studio sessions prior to Everything Falls Apart. I mean, Metal Circus was, at one point, going to be a proper length album.

A lot of this stuff has circulated on bootlegs but to have nice, clean sources, as well as nicely remastered versions of the proper albums would be great.

Husker Du was one of the best American bands of all time and their legacy needs to be better preserved. I loved what Rhino did with Everything Falls Apart. Now if only we can see sterling remasters of Metal Circus, Zen Arcade, New Day Rising, Flip Your Wig and Candy Apple Grey and Warehouse. And just to be complete, fix up Land Speed Record for the obsessives. I think I listened to this once and haven’t touched it since.

So many mediocre bands get the reissue treatment, let’s take care of the masters.

And speaking of taking care of the masters, here is what my iPod has been playing:

1. "Let the Distance Bring Us Together" by Bright Eyes and Britt Daniel
2. "St. Andrew’s Hall" by Blind Melon
3. "Rape Me" by Nirvana (Paramount Theatre)
4. "A Circle of One" by Lemonheads
5. "Mild Child" by the Shins
6. "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" by the Breeders
7. "Till the Morning Comes" by the Grateful Dead
8. "Beast For Thee" by Superwolf
9. "For Liberty" by Guided By Voices
10. "High Voltage" by AC/DC


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