New Day Rising

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New Day Rising
Studio album by Hüsker Dü
Released January 31, 1985
Recorded July 1984 at Nicollet Studios (Minneapolis, MN)
Genre Alternative rock, post-hardcore, hardcore punk,[1] noise rock
Length 40:49
Label SST
Producer Hüsker Dü, Spot
Hüsker Dü chronology
Zen Arcade
New Day Rising
Flip Your Wig
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A[3]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 10/10 stars[4]

New Day Rising is the third studio album by the American punk rock band Hüsker Dü, released in 1985 on SST Records. The album featured continued a trend away from the fast hardcore punk of the band's earliest releases toward slower, more melodic material.

Production and release[edit]

The band released the album Zen Arcade through SST Records in July 1984, and the label's co-owner Joe Carducci immediately requested another album.[5] The band wanted to self-produce, but SST insisted on Spot, who produced many of the label's albums, including all of Hüsker Dü's. The recording atmosphere was thus tense. New Day Rising appeared in January 1985[6] and featured slower, more melodic material, continuing the trend away from the fast hardcore punk of the band's earliest releases.[7] This coupled with the higher-quality musicianship and production led fans to perceive the band as more commercial, and the band defended themselves against accusations of selling out.[6]


New Day Rising was ranked thirteenth in Spin's "100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005." In 2003, the album was ranked 495 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and in 2012, it was pushed up to rank 488. The magazine also included the title track in its "100 Greatest Guitar Songs" list, ranking it at 96.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bob Mould, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "New Day Rising"   Bob Mould, Hüsker Dü 2:31
2. "Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill"   Grant Hart 3:03
3. "I Apologize"     3:40
4. "Folk Lore"     1:34
5. "If I Told You"   Grant Hart, Bob Mould 2:05
6. "Celebrated Summer"     3:59
7. "Perfect Example"     3:16
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "Terms of Psychic Warfare"   Grant Hart 2:17
9. "59 Times the Pain"     3:18
10. "Powerline"     2:22
11. "Books About UFOs"   Grant Hart 2:40
12. "I Don't Know What You're Talking About"     2:20
13. "How to Skin a Cat"   Bob Mould, Hüsker Dü 1:52
14. "Whatcha Drinkin'"     1:30
15. "Plans I Make"   Bob Mould, Hüsker Dü 4:16



Chart (1985) Peak
UK Indie Chart[9] 10


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "allmusic ((( New Day Rising > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Hüsker Dü". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 398, cited March 18, 2010
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Hüsker Dü"., Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
  4. ^ Weisbard, Eric. "Hüsker Dü". Spin Alternative Record Guide. October 1995. p.187
  5. ^ Azerrad 2001, p. 187.
  6. ^ a b Azerrad 2001, p. 189.
  7. ^ Azerrad 2001, p. 188.
  8. ^ Rolling Stone - The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. Retrieved 2011-01-24. "Eighties hardcore punk was never more simple or stubbornly hopeful: three chords, a three-word chorus and magnificent speed-of-light hammering that never seems to quit but is over way too soon. Bob Mould beats his strings like a homicidal Johnny Ramone, but there's no mistaking the battered-church-bell ring in his stacks of chords and his stressed-amp roar. What a great album."
  9. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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