Based on the other thread that's been going, it seems like there is enough interest to do one of these, so here goes. Hüsker Dü is interesting in that their early history is not documented on record. They were together for 2 and a half years, performing and making demos, before their first album was released. Their 1979-80 demos are traded by collectors, and feature titles like "Writer's Cramp", "Can't See You Anymore", "All I Got to Lose is You", "The Truth Hurts", "Uncle Ron", and "Do the Bee" among others. The sound is Buzzcocksy punk-pop, and the lyrics for the most part tend toward songs about failed relationships. The only released item from their early period is the "Statues/Amusement" single. Then in 1981 they decided to go hardcore. The songs became more political, and they adopted the typical hardcore stance of playing at breakneck speed and not pausing between songs. This led to the first album: Land Speed Record (1982) 1. "All Tensed Up" (Mould) – 2:02 2. "Don't Try to Call" (Mould) – 1:30 3. "I'm Not Interested" (Hart) – 1:31 4. "Guns at My School" (Mould) – 0:55 5. "Push The Button" (Hart) – 1:48 6. "Gilligan's Island" (Hart) – 1:23 7. "M.T.C." (Norton) – 1:09 8. "Don't Have a Life" (Norton) – 2:09 9. "Bricklayer" (Mould) – 0:53 10. "Tired of Doing Things" (Hart) – 0:58 11. "You're Naive" (Mould) – 0:53 12. "Strange Week" (Hart) – 0:57 13. "Do the Bee" (Hart) – 1:49 14. "Big Sky" (Mould) – 0:57 15. "Ultracore" (Mould) – 0:47 16. "Let's Go Die" (Norton) – 1:26 17. "Data Control" (Hart) – 5:28 This album is pretty impossible to listen to, in my opinion. I'm not a big fan of hardcore and this approach does make things inaccessible, but that's not what bothers me. It is perhaps the worst-recorded officially released album I've ever heard. I'm not sure of the source of this album, but it sure sounds like an audience tape, and not even a good one at that. There are boots from this era that are professionally recorded and sound much better, so why the band chose to release this I don't know. I can only speculate that the abysmal sound quality was intended as part of the artistic statement, that they wanted it to sound like a amorphous roar of sound rather than individual instruments and voices. The person who mastered this for CD did not even bother to index the individual songs, which I guess fits in well with the "who gives a sh**" attitude of the whole affair (admittedly, indexing is not easy as in several cases Grant is starting the beat for the next song while Bob is still playing the last notes of the current song). There are some good songs on here... "Gilligan's Island" has funny lyrics, as does Nortons' "MTC." "Data Control" is a catchy song that became a staple of their final tour. "All Tensed Up" is a Mould ode to uppers. There are some nods to HC politics with "Push the Button" "Ultracore" and "Guns at My School." Interesting to note that Greg Norton was prominent as a songwriter in the early days, before being subsumed by the Mould/Hart juggernaut. It's too bad there are not studio versions or slower versions of most of these songs. All in all, a thoroughly inauspicious debut... possibly the worst debut album ever by a great band.