Land Speed Record (album)
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Land Speed Record Album
Land Speed Record
Land Speed Record.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedJanuary 1982
RecordedAugust 15, 1981
Venue7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, Minnesota
GenreHardcore punk
LabelNew Alliance
SST (195) (reissue)
ProducerHüsker Dü
Hüsker Dü chronology
Land Speed Record
Everything Falls Apart
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[3]

Land Speed Record is the debut full-length record by Hüsker Dü, released in January 1982. It was recorded live on August 15, 1981, at the 7th Street Entry, a venue in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[4] The album is a fast and furious hardcore workout that bears almost no resemblance to the melodic post-punk that the band became known for in the mid '80s. The title has a double meaning, referring to both the band's ability to play as fast as they could (there are 17 songs crammed into 26½ minutes) and their penchant for amphetamine pills.


Hüsker Dü's August 1981 concert was recorded straight to 4-track soundboard tape on a three hundred dollar budget.[5] Once the band had taped it they realized they lacked the financial means to release the album. Friend of the band and member of Minutemen, Mike Watt, offered to put out the album on his label, New Alliance.[6] The original LP release on New Alliance contained an insert with lyrics and upcoming tour dates.

The album was reissued in 1987 on SST Records on compact disc and LP. Like Hüsker Dü's other releases, Land Speed Record has not been remastered to alter the LP's sound for the compact disc release.[] The band's ongoing royalty disputes with SST have been given as the cause for not having a unique CD edition issued.[] Ken Shipley of The Numero Group has noted that the original tape was stolen from the band's van.[7] The SST CD contains only two tracks, one for each side of the original LP.

The Numero Group's box set Savage Young Dü will include an alternate version of the same set, recorded at a Twin/Tone Records showcase two weeks later.[7]


The album sounds like straightforward hardcore at first glance; with volume and power being emphasized over melody, it's the Hüsker Dü record that least sounds like Hüsker Dü. Bob Mould once referred to it as "the bad part of the acid...It sounds like when you go to a gig and get your ears blown off". The album was recorded just as they went on a tour of various places in the country, those close to the band say upon their return the band was louder, faster and noisier than before. The magazine Discords said about it: "It's hard to believe but the only Minneapolis hardcore band have gotten even faster during their stay away." Yet there are some elements emerging under the wash of noise that foreshadow the band's future direction. "Don't Try To Call" is one of their most melodic early songs, while Hart's "Data Control" slows the tempo to conjure a creepy musical mood to match the paranoia of the lyrics.

"Bricklayer" and "Let's Go Die" appear as studio recordings on the band's first studio album, Everything Falls Apart, and on the Rhino reissue, Everything Falls Apart and More.

A poster of the album's cover art appeared in the 1987 film Less Than Zero.

Track listing

Side One - 12:27

  1. "All Tensed Up" (Mould) - 2:02 [0:00]
  2. "Don't Try to Call" (Mould) - 1:30 [2:02]
  3. "I'm Not Interested" (Hart) - 1:31 [3:32]
  4. "Guns at My School" (Mould) - 0:55 [5:03]
  5. "Push the Button" (Hart) - 1:48 [5:58]
  6. "Gilligan's Island" (Hart) - 1:23 [7:46]
  7. "M.T.C." (Norton) - 1:09 [9:09]
  8. "Don't Have a Life" (Norton) - 2:09 [10:18]

Side Two - 14:08

  1. "Bricklayer" (Mould) - 0:53 [0:00]
  2. "Tired of Doing Things" (Hart) - 0:58 [0:53]
  3. "You're Naive" (Mould) - 0:53 [1:51]
  4. "Strange Week" (Hart) - 0:57 [2:44]
  5. "Do the Bee" (Hart) - 1:49 [3:41]
  6. "Big Sky" (Mould) - 0:57 [5:30]
  7. "Ultracore" (Mould) - 0:47 [6:27]
  8. "Let's Go Die" (Norton) - 1:26 [7:14]
  9. "Data Control" (Hart) - 5:28 [8:40]


Cover versions

The album was covered in its entirety by Apple-O in 1993, each song in a different style (including reggae, folk, synth pop).


Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad, Back Bay Books, NY, 2001


  1. ^ Land Speed Record at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Hüsker Dü". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 398, cited March 18, 2010
  4. ^ Mould, Bob (2011). See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody. 881: Little, Brown and Company. p. 53.
  5. ^ Mould, Bob (2011). See a Little Light. 404. p. 54.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-17. Retrieved .
  7. ^ a b Matos, Michaelangelo. "First Listen: Hüsker Dü, 'Savage Young Dü'". NPR Music. NPR. Retrieved 2017.

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