Not crap. Seeing Husker Du in a small venue in 1983 felt like standing in a hurricane, or encountering something else at close range that is extremely powerful and potentially destructive.
OrthodoxEaster wrote:First single's kinda ho-hum post-punk. The debut LP is an inhuman, exhilarating semi-hardcore blur (almost as good as the Meat Puppets debut). Everything Falls Apart, In a Free Land, and Metal Circus are just fucking great rock records. Zen Arcade is uneven but ok. The other albums each have a handful of excellent, roughed-up pop tunes but they start getting a little formulaic. Except for Warehouse, which is mostly nonsense.
OrthodoxEaster wrote:Mould was a total master of the overfried distortion-plus-chorus guitar sound. [...] It's tough to rock this much-misunderstood and terribly abused pedal and not sound like some new-huevo wuss or '80s jazz-fusion dweeb (or hey, you could combine the two and join the Police). These men somehow overcame the odds.
This is relevant to my interests. I fixate on guitar sounds without having Clue One about what exactly they "are" or how they are produced. Bob Mould's guitar sound = NC.
Bob and, I think, Grant went to one of the colleges I went to, several years before I attended. They were well remembered there by people who had a clue.