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Hüsker Dü: Everything Falls Apart [Reflex, 1982]
Documenting their power-trio approach to hardcore, with each instrument distinctly virtuosic and each instrumentalist an accomplished yowler, here's proof that these shaggy dogs from Minneapolis are the musical equal of Black Flag and Minor Threat and more sensible than either (though not a lot more). Like any self-respecting hardcore band, they spend more time criticizing their subculture than criticizing their society, which they assume you know isn't worth the trouble. Inspirational Verse, from "Obnoxious": "You say we play too fast/ Music's not gonna last/ Well I think you're wrong." Cover: "Sunshine Superman." A-