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Much of this landmark record deals with urban and suburban alienation, decay, disillusionment, and familial dysfunction. The powerful minor-key pop-punk song "Pink Turns Blue to Blue" is a personal glimpse at a the tragedy of drug addiction. All but two of the record's songs were recorded in one take, true to the "Zen" nature of its title.
Recorded and mixed in something like plus hours, Zen Arcade was punk rock's White Album: a collection deep with quality writing, catchy melodies, experimental instrumentation, and impassioned performances by a band reaching their peak. Introducing piano parts, ballads, harmonies, and other pop sensibilities to the era's overly regimented hardcore-punk genre. Originally released as a double album on two vinyl LPs, Zen Arcade tells the story of a young boy who runs away from an unfulfilling home life, only to find the world outside is even worse.
They were the first non-West Coast group signed to the California independent record label SST Records , which at the time specialized in releases by hardcore bands, most notably Black Flag.
However, the trio's music was becoming more melodic and nuanced with each album; songs such as "Diane" from the EP Metal Circus , a true story about the rape and murder of a young woman, covered subjects not addressed in hardcore at the time, and the band indicated an interest in s rock by covering The Byrds ' " Eight Miles High ".
I don't know what it's going to be, we have to work that out, but it's going to go beyond the whole idea of 'punk rock' or whatever. The band began rehearsing in preparation for the album during the summer of , in a church-turned-punk squat in St. Paul, Minnesota. The band brainstormed lyrics and musical ideas during jam sessions that lasted several hours.
The band recorded 25 tracks, with all but two songs " Something I Learned Today " and "Newest Industry" being first takes, in 40 hours. However, the album also marked the point where the band introduced a more melodic and guitar-driven musical style, with elements of acoustic folk "Never Talking to You Again" , psychedelia "Hare Krsna" and "The Tooth Fairy and the Princess" and piano interludes "One Step at a Time," "Monday Will Never Be the Same" , concepts rarely touched upon in early '80s hardcore punk.
Indicative of the band's desire for the album to be taken as a whole, no singles were released from it. The opening song, written by guitarist Bob Mould, was often used to open their set as early as The lyric describes growing up and trusting few people.
A fast-paced song with simple verse and chord progressions, it begins with a simple drum beat, then an undulating bass rhythm, and finally kicks into the verse riff.
Mould and Hart harmonize vocally in the chorus. The character briefly joins the military "Chartered Trips" , turns to religion "Hare Krsna" , and seems to find a tenuous peace through love "Somewhere" before losing his lover to drugs " Pink Turns to Blue ".
Both were brilliant. His solo work too has been at least as robust as that of Mould. This is irritating and unfair. The less attention you attract, the freer you remain!
I wish to be an artist, not a celebrity. I do not need to own something to know it intimately. Filmmaker Gorman Bechard went so far as to make a movie about Grant. Ultimately it all goes back to those two bands from Minneapolis. So, in my book Grant is one of the most influential musicians ever, even to people who might not know who he is. The good, the bad, the ugly. Unfortunately the huskerdu. I say we get a Kickstarter campaign going to buy it away. The final 30 seconds of that song — all music, no words — are remarkable.
June 21, , it was, prior to a show in Easthampton Massachusetts. There were four of us playing: me, Bob, a local Boston fanzine writer named Al Quint, and my former best friend, Mark McKay, who later became the drummer for the hardcore band Slapshot.
Bob himself introduced me to them. I remember a night, between sets down at The Living Room in Providence, Rhode Island, chatting with him in the parking lot. He was snacking on slices of cheese, when a stray dog came ambling over. Grant shared his cheese with the dog, holding up small bits of it, ever higher, making the dog jump for them.Dec 12, · From the LP "Zen Arcade" () Skip navigation Sign in. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade [, FULL ALBUM] - Duration: Pink Turns to Blue - Duration: