START WITH FLIP YOUR WIG (1985)

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1 With Flip Your Wig, the group’s third re­lease for SST Records in lit­tle over a year, Hüsker Dü lunged from the un­der­ground and into the day­light, their evo­lu­tion from hard­core punk to power pop now fully re­alised. Em­bold­ened by a cleaner, live­lier pro­duc­tion (and more thrifty with his beloved Mxr-in­duced dis­tor­tion), Mould’s gui­tar lines are sharper right from the off, the choppy power chords of the ti­tle track segue­ing into bois­ter­ous solo licks and back again. His trade­mark riffs are re­placed by a jan­gly Byrd­sian psych on Games, while dron­ing chord pro­gres­sions re­call The Je­sus & Mary Chain on the ef­fort­lessly lovely Green Eyes. Makes No Sense At All is Mould’s most con­vinc­ing an­them here, a hearty rocker over­flow­ing with the kind of melodic hooks that cer­tify this record as a cor­ner­stone of al­ter­na­tive rock.

Rec­om­mended track Makes No Sense At All

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