The Numero Group has officially announced the release of SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ, a new deluxe box set chronicling the extraordinary early years of Hüsker Dü. SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ is available beginning Friday 10 November.
Available on four LPs or three CDs, SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ compiles 69 tracks – 47 of them previously unreleased – spanning the Saint Paul, Minnesota-based trio’s formative 1979 live shows to their milestone early releases via SST Records, including first singles “Statues” b/w “Amusement” (1981) and “In A Free Land” (1982), as well as 1983’s full-length debut album, EVERYTHING FALLS APART, and an alternate recording of 1982’s seminal live recording, LAND SPEED RECORD. Newly remastered from the original analogue demos, board tapes, and session masters, the anthology is accompanied by a hardbound book highlighted by an epic history of Hüsker Dü, penned with full participation from founding members Grant Hart, Greg Norton, and Bob Mould, as well as 40 never-before seen photos, a remarkable collection of rare flyers, and detailed sessionography.
In addition, a limited edition bonus 7’’ will be available with all Numero Group mail orders while supplies last. EXTRA CIRCUS collects five previously unissued songs recorded during the Christmas 1982 sessions that yielded the following year’s landmark METAL CIRCUS. Available exclusively as a vinyl 7’’, EXTRA CIRCUS comes packaged in the full color sleeve designed by Grant Hart and intended for the original release of METAL CIRCUS.
The announcement of SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ was greeted with wide-ranging media attention, including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and NPR Music, which premiered the collection in its entirety via an extensive “First Listen” feature. “It sounds incredible,” writes NPR’s Michaelangelo Matos, “even the cruddiest source material rings through with maximal volume and clarity…The thrill of SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ is hearing three young men figuring out how to turn their dissatisfaction with the world into glorious noise in more-or-less real time.”
LISTEN TO SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ VIA NPR MUSIC
Hüsker Dü is of course among the most influential and iconic bands to rise up from the hardcore punk underground, marrying Mould and Hart’s glorious songwriting with punishing noise, breakneck tempos, and unstoppable invention to create what remains a truly original vision of American music.
“We created this blistering wall of sound,” says Bob Mould, “bright white radio static with occasional melody.”
“It was like rolling down a hill aware of the bumps,” Grant Hart says, “but focusing on blowing people’s minds and completely wearing out the audience.”
“We didn’t know what hardcore was,” says Greg Norton. “We just got up there and played real fast and loud.”
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