In 1980, while trying to snag a deal with Twin/Tone Records, HÃ¼sker DÃ¼ visited Minneapolis’ Blackberry Way Studio to record a four-song 10″. As fate would have it, the deal never happened — blame The Replacements, who Twin/Tone chose to sign instead — leaving HÃ¼sker DÃ¼ to release a two-song 7″ through Reflex Records. The single was limited to just two pressings and eventually lost in the shuffle when the band subsequently expanded beyond the boundaries of hardcore.
To celebrate Record Store Day 2013, the band is reissuing the single’s two songs, “Amusement” and “Statues”, along with the two other cuts originally intended for the 10″, “Writer’s Cramp” and “Let’s Go Die”. For a look back at band in their earliest aural incarnation, “Statues” is available for streaming below (via RollingStone.com). While it’s screaming, angst-ridden vocals and bare bones structure are textbook hardcore, the chugging bassline and more expansive aesthetic hinted at the band that was to come.
The double 7″ will be limited to 4,000 copies and is available on April 20th.