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Land Speed Record Live

3.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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Land Speed Record fully exposes the rage and manic energy that drove Hüsker Dü to dizzying heights of creative and critical success; it's an incredible (though appallingly poor-sounding) document of a live Minneapolis show from 1981 featuring the band in its embryonic form. Bob Mould and company seem bent on driving themselves to the brink of insanity as they plow through the performance with all the subtlety of a freight train out of control. As part of Hüsker history, it is of great interest to die-hard fans and rock critics alike. Unfortunately, it also exposes shortcomings--most notably sloppy playing--though these are easily forgiven considering the band's future contributions. --Mike Corrigan

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sst Records
  • ASIN: B000000M46
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I recently listened to this record again after many years and I'm struck by how incredibly powerful it is. I can only speculate at how much it blew the people in the audience away (those who were lucky enough to be there). This a document of a band that was discovering itself...that was screaming to be heard...and actually had something to say. The anger is definitely there. And the power...but so is the melody. "Don't Try to Call" and "Let's Go Die" have tunes that are discernible under the electric din and give us a small taste of what was to come from this seminal punk band. Husker Du is the band that created grunge and taught punk to love itself (or hate itself a little less). Just get it.
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First off, anyone who doesn't worship this album is a total knob! Second of all, if the sound quality isn't good enough you need to turn it up full blast until it is! To this fortyish punker who was lucky enough to see these guys in a friend's basement in West Philly, this is TRUE Husker Du. Before Warner Bros. and all the bickering there was his band with such energy and promise they forged their own path right from the beginning. 18 or so thrash songs blended into one nonstop blur of total fury and energy, Grant's drums plowing through the din like a runaway train, Moulds chorused-out Flying V ringing out chords more bizarre than any attempted by their hardcore peers, and Greg Norton's roaring bass ripping through it all like Lemmy on 78 RPM! Most of these songs are stupid but in a great way; ditties about such topics as dropping bricks off of rooftops onto random people's heads and wanting to live on Gilligan's Island so you can have sex with Ginger and force The Professor to make recreational drugs for you. Cap it all off with the magnificently hypnotic dirge of Data Control and you have a thrash hardcore masterpiece! I cannot recommend this enough!***************************************************!!!!!
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Land Speed Record contains great music! Anyone could argue it doesn't, but they'd be wrong! If you don't like the fact that Husker Du started out as an intense hardcore punk band, you won't like this. Better just stick with the alternative pop-rock stuff they put out. Don't get me wrong, I like that too,(mostly) but Land Speed Record was their foundation and what got them to the dance. Just look at the intense, stark nature of the cover art. What kind of music would you expect? It screams harcore! And to say the music doesn't hold up over time is asinine. To this day, I have still not heard anything like it. Is the recording quality good? No. But it's not as bad as these other reviewers claim. It's live, raw, fast, emotional gut-bucket, hardcore rock-n-roll. To be honset, these 2 star reviews I've read piss me off. What a bunch of creeps. Gimmee a break! These guys rocked! I just wish there was more Husker Du material from this era.
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This is definitely an album to be picked up only by those who can listen to bootleg recordings and still find the genius in them despite godawful production "values." Because, essentially, that's what Land Speed Record is-- a productionless mass. But that doesn't make it any less brilliant. If this had been recorded straight off the board and remixed, it'd be on Amazon's extensive list of "essential Husker Du CDs" (as if that weren't a redundant term).
But there's some fantastic stuff here. This was a staple during my days as a college DJ; "Ultracore," "Do the Bee," and "Bricklayer" (since we certainly couldn't get away with playing the intelligible studio version!) were in heavy rotation every time we were on the air. But the true reason to part with your hard-earned cash for this release comes right after the seemingly neverending barrage of thirty-second songs, as the Huskers end their set with a song that deserves classic status, "Data Control." The version on the curiously anemic The Living End doesn't even begin to do this song justice. It's the perfect fusion of metal and hardcore years before other bands thought that might be a good idea. But then, it just goes to show that, no matter how early in their career you look, Husker Du broke all the rules, and everyone else followed them into the gap.
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This is an album that people are going to either really like or really dislike, due to the extreme nature of it, and the fact that it's a raw, low-budget live recording on a two-track recorder in some Minnesota music club. However, I am in favor of this album greatly. Wanna know why? It's 17 songs in 29 minutes. It's frantic power chords and blazing guitar solos. It's nimble, light-speed basslines and breakneck drum work. It's three young men whose vocals are a rallying cry to the spirit of true punk music. It's the feeling of a real live show where everything is happening at once and you don't know what to expect next. Although not as classy, sophisticate, elaborate or complex as such musical giants as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, or the works of early Genesis, this is some of the greatest rock 'n' roll ever recorded in all its sweatsoaked, headbanging, fistpumping, anthemic glory. Get a taste of this! Thanks for the time, and peace.
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