Jan. 22nd, 2011

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A Song From My Favorite Band

While normally I shy away from labeling anything as my absolute favorite, I'd be hard pressed to come up with a decent argument of how Hüsker Dü is anything but my absolute favorite band ever. SImply put, I love this band. Absolutely love them.

Of the two songwriters in Hüsker Dü, it's Grant Hart who always seems to get short shrift (Robert Christgau has even referred to him as Bob Mould's "second banana," which is sort of like saying Paul McCartney was John Lennon's second banana, or vice versa). Maybe it's because he was stuck behind the drums instead of being out front with the guitar, or maybe it's because Mould always insisted that Grant never have more songs on an album than he did, or maybe it's because his output after the breakup of Hüsker Dü is much smaller than Bob Mould's has been. Whatever the reason, it's a shame, because Grant Hart was just as responsible for what made the Hüskers the most influential band of the past thirty years as Bob Mould ever was. That's why I'm picking a Grant song for today (and because I picked a Bob song to start this meme).

When you get right down to it, New Day Rising is sort of to the Hüskers what Revolver is to the Beatles. It's constantly overshadowed by their other great record, Zen Arcade, just as Revolver is always overshadowed by Sgt. Pepper's, but it's perhaps the better of the two. It showcases Bob and Grant at their peak, and the band when it had achieved that perfect blend of ferocity, noise and melodicism that nearly every guitar band after them tried to match. "If I Told You" is one of my absolute favorites off this record, and like Grant himself, never seems to get enough respect.


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