High School Days

July 30, 2006 at 1:56am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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In a very belated spring cleaning, today I came across a few old reminders of past days when I was young, dumb, and lived in the Twin Cities. Does anyone here remember Husker Du? They were one of the seminal hardcore bands along with Black Flag and others on the SST label, as well as Twin Cities’ natives along with The Replacements and Soul Asylum. The ticket stub is from one of their last shows ever at First Avenue in Minneapolis (in fact I mean that literally) that I saw way back when I was, gosh, a sophomore in high school! Somewhere (in my parent’s basement), I should still have an LP of their first release: Land Speed Record.

The other ticket is from a Sonic Youth show I saw right after they released Daydream Nation – the record that confirmed their greatness (and years before Nirvana hit MTV). I remember old buddy Christine squealing about seeing Kim Gordon in the ladies room, and how those guys had to bring on new Fender Jaguar guitars after every song since they broke so many strings. It was probably one of the top 5 best concerts I have ever seen in my life. Sonic Youth, by the way, is still going strong and has recently released a great album that I purchased the other day finally – Rather Ripped – arguably their best record since Daydream Nation way back in 1988. Also, members of both Husker Du and Sonic Youth are interviewed in We Jam Econo – a documentary of another immortal group of SST label artists – The Minutemen.

Oh yes…Good memories. And to think today I can’t even stand the noise in the Chipotle across from the Nebraska book store. 

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Neal July 30, 2006 at 3:43am

Mr. T, did you see that Sonic Youth is playing with the Flaming Lips at Harrah’s in late August?

Mr. T July 31, 2006 at 6:01am

Ahh, yes, I did hear about that. Sort of a strange combination. I would love to go!

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