START WITH FLIP YOUR WIG (1985)
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