by Rob Jones
Probably one of the greatest live albums of all time was the fast and furious fare of Husker Du and The Living End set. Between 1979 and 1987 this legendary Minnesota act left a major musical imprint-and, the likes of Nirvana and Foo Fighters have been hugely influenced by their impact.
There is another chance to catch the stage stomp of Husker Du via the Minneapolis Moonstomp: Complete 1985 Radio Broadcast recordings that are available on Sonic Boom. This 2015 release does not disappoint as its foot to the pedal hardcore hammer stamps its aural authority. This show at the First Avenue club ran parallel to
the arrival of the phenomenal Flip your Wig long player-and, the core of this concert comes via this work, earlier cuts and material that would appear on Candy Apple Grey in 1986.
This is the 80’s at its most potent and the mellifluous momentum meets garage gusto mix is one that needs to be observed by any wannabe rock band! Bob Mould, Grant Hart and Greg Norton had a lot of in house problems but when they hit the studio and stage there is a legacy remaining that puts these three guys at the top of the list of rock trios!
It may be another case of certain artists who followed the lead of Husker Du went on to bigger successes! However, there are just so many good songs in this CV that these dervish delights need to be explored.
The chance to have seen Mould in his Sugar days and Hart with Nova Mob offered a great deal of joy-but, on the Husker Du front access to the Midas of Minneapolis Moonstomp will have to fill the void of not having witnessed Husker Du in the flesh.