Picks and Pans Review: Flip Your Wig
Prince and his Paisley Park soul-funk crew and dance master Jesse Johnson don't have a monopoly on the Twin Cities music scene. There are a number of exciting Minnesota rock groups, such as the Wallets, the Replacements and this Minneapolis trio. Hüsker Dü ("Do you remember?" in Danish and Norwegian) is following up its acclaimed 1984 double album, Zen Arcade, and has produced another odd delight. Guitarist Bob Mould, bassist Greg Norton and drummer Grant Hart have made something palatable out of thrash rock, a genre that features zombielike vocals and an urgent, tornadolike guitar sound, with the drummer trying desperately to keep pace. Hüsker Dü's style incorporates all those elements in a lean, sleeker-than-standard package. The group's punk lyrics nicely combine cynicism with naïveté, too: "Only angels have wings, girl/And poets have all the words/The earth belongs to the two of us/And the sky belongs to the birds." It would have been nice to see Hüsker Du's recent cover of Love Is All Around, the theme song from the Minneapolis-based Mary Tyler Moore Show, included on this album. Still, it has the sparkle you'd expect from a place known as the land of 10,000 lakes. (SST)
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