Hüsker Dü
Amusement + 3
NUM704
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Notes About the Release
In August, 1980, Grant Hart, Bob Mould, and Greg Norton booked time at Minneapolis’ Blackberry Way Studio to record what became their debut 7". Their Twin/Tone deal, thought to be in the bag, was derailed by the signing of the Replacements—Hüsker Dü’s then-chief rival. Spurred on by Twin/Tone’s rejection, Hüsker thrashed out one scathing version of “Amusement” live at Duffy’s. Plans hatched for a four-song 10", with Blackberry Way cuts “Statues,” “Writer’s Cramp,” and “Let's Go Die” eyed. But enormous start-up costs forced a format change, and January 1981 saw Reflex Records #A, “Amusement” b/w “Statues,” hit the market. Pressed twice during the oncoming years, the single vanished as the band permutated from Metal Box-esque post-punk to Los Angeles-inspired hardcore.

Hüsker Dü, of course, built mightily upon their inauspicious D.I.Y. effort. But early moments of caustic, keening Hüsker naiveté have remained unknown to the band’s ever-expanding fanbase, primarily plucked off out-of-reach walls at used record stores the world over...until now. Numero 704 collects “Amusement” b/w “Statues” and the studio alternates “Writer's Cramp” and “Let's Go Die” as a 7" pairing. The Blackberry Way cuts are here remastered from a first-gen sub-master, while the unkempt “Amusement” was cut from the original live board tape. Grant Hart's Fake Name Graphix artwork remains untouched, beefed up by a gatefold jacket in 28pt board.
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TRACK LIST

Hüsker Dü Statues
Hüsker Dü Amusement
Hüsker Dü Writers Cramp
Hüsker Dü Let’s Go Die
In August, 1980, Grant Hart, Bob Mould, and Greg Norton booked time at Minneapolis’ Blackberry Way Studio to record what became their debut 7". Their Twin/Tone deal, thought to be in the bag, was derailed by the signing of the Replacements—Hüsker Dü’s then-chief rival. Spurred on by Twin/Tone’s rejection, Hüsker thrashed out one scathing version of “Amusement” live at Duffy’s. Plans hatched for a four-song 10", with Blackberry Way cuts “Statues,” “Writer’s Cramp,” and “Let's Go Die” eyed. But enormous start-up costs forced a format change, and January 1981 saw Reflex Records #A, “Amusement” b/w “Statues,” hit the market. Pressed twice during the oncoming years, the single vanished as the band permutated from Metal Box-esque post-punk to Los Angeles-inspired hardcore.

Hüsker Dü, of course, built mightily upon their inauspicious D.I.Y. effort. But early moments of caustic, keening Hüsker naiveté have remained unknown to the band’s ever-expanding fanbase, primarily plucked off out-of-reach walls at used record stores the world over...until now. Numero 704 collects “Amusement” b/w “Statues” and the studio alternates “Writer's Cramp” and “Let's Go Die” as a 7" pairing. The Blackberry Way cuts are here remastered from a first-gen sub-master, while the unkempt “Amusement” was cut from the original live board tape. Grant Hart's Fake Name Graphix artwork remains untouched, beefed up by a gatefold jacket in 28pt board.

TRACK LIST

Hüsker Dü Statues
Hüsker Dü Amusement
Hüsker Dü Writers Cramp
Hüsker Dü Let’s Go Die
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