4. Hüsker Dü, 'Savage Young Dü'
Released in the unintended wake of drummer Grant Hart's death, the title of this boxed four-LP whiplash through the Minnesota trio's first phase of hardcore dominion – from the earliest chunks of soundboard tumult in 1979 to the 1982 studio album Everything Falls Apart – is a sly, apt pun on a Sixties anthology of the Beatles' first, rough studio work in Hamburg. Indeed, a late-'79 packet of demos sounds more like Ramones-at-the–Star Club than Black Flag-at-your-throat. But the Hüskers soon shed that convention, hitting the airtight velocity and bullet-tune invention of the live-'81 recordings here that provide an alternate look to the breathless apex of Land Speed Record (unavailable for this set). The band's exploratory fury for SST and its psychedelic-power-trio era at Warner Bros. deserve the same treatment. Extra points for the blizzard-color vinyl, in honor of those cruel Midwest winters.