BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Awesome Albums Turning 35 In 2021

– Throwing Muses – THROWING MUSES

Released: September 1986 – debut LP
AllMusic: “Throwing Muses’ self-titled 1986 debut is still a startling collision of punk energy, folky melodicism, and Kristin Hersh’s mercurial voice and lyrics… A powerful debut, Throwing Muses puts the work of most self-consciously “tortured” artists to shame; its fluid, effortless emotional shifts may not make for the most accessible music, but they’re unquestionably genuine.” Score: 5/5.

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– Licensed to Ill – BEASTIE BOYS

Released: 15 November 1986 – debut LP
AllMusic: “Perhaps Licensed to Ill was inevitable, a white group blending rock and rap, giving them the first number one album in hip-hop history. But that reading of the album’s history gives short shrift to the Beastie Boys; producer Rick Rubin, and his label, Def Jam… The Beastie Boys fueled this record through their passion for subcultures, pop culture, jokes, and the intoxicating power of wordplay.” Score: 5/5.

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– Brotherhood – NEW ORDER

Released: 29 September 1986 – fourth LP
AllMusic: “This was a New Order with nothing more to prove – witness the tossed-off
lyrics – aside from continuing to make great music… the songs and the band’s production
had reached such a high level.
Score: 4/5.

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– Candy Apple Grey – HÜSKER DÜ

Released: March 1986 – fifth LP
AllMusic: “Moving to a major label doesn’t affect Hüsker Dü’s sound greatly — although the production is more full-bodied than Spot’s razor-thin work, the Hüskers don’t change their blazing attack at all.” Score: 3.5/5.

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– Your Funeral… My Trial – NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

Released: 3 November 1986 – fourth LP
AllMusic: “The Bad Seeds turn from the interpretive triumph of Kicking Against the Pricks to another strong high, the mostly-original ‘Your Funeral…My Trial’… Arguably Cave and company have by now so clearly established their overall style that the album is much more a refinement of the past than anything else, but so good is their work that resistance is near impossible.” Score: 4/5.

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Happy 60 To BOB MOULD

16 October 2020


(photo FB artist – album Beauty)

Robert Arthur Mould was born 60 years ago today in a village
called Malone in the state of New York. Happy birthday!

He was co-founder of hardcore noise trio Hüsker Dü
that produced six albums between 1983 and 1987.

After the group split up Mould launched a successful solo career.
His brand new LP Blue Hearts is one of his best works.

Bob Mould: “My father, who had a terrible temper and could be really abusive, also brought music to me. He would buy old jukebox singles, for a penny a piece. Those records were my toys. I played them day and night. They meant the world to me, and are sitting on the shelf four feet away from me right now. They remain my main inspiration. I was this broken little kid, and music was the only thing that could drown out all the chaos I grew up around. I still believe music can change the world – I watched the Beatles do it.”

Full Bob Mould interview with The Guardian right here.

To celebrate here’s
Blue Hearts

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BOB MOULD: Facebook

Hüsker Dü (photo by Guzman via FB Hüsker Dü)