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Hüsker DüZen Arcade

Label:SST Records – SST 027
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Hardcore, Punk

Tracklist

A1Something I Learned Today
Written-ByB. Mould*
1:58
A2Broken Home, Broken Heart
Written-ByB. Mould*
2:01
A3Never Talking To You Again
Written-ByGrant Hart
1:39
A4Chartered Trips
PianoBob*, Grant*
Written-ByB. Mould*
3:33
A5Dreams Recurring
Written-ByB. Mould*, G. Hart*, G. Norton*
1:40
A6Indecision Time
Written-ByB. Mould*
2:07
A7Hare Krsna
Performer [Did All The Stuff]Grant*
Written-ByB. Mould*, G. Hart*, G. Norton*
3:33
B1Beyond The Threshold
Written-ByB. Mould*
1:35
B2Pride
Written-ByB. Mould*
1:45
B3I'll Never Forget You
Written-ByB. Mould*
2:06
B4The Biggest Lie
Written-ByB. Mould*
1:58
B5What's Going On
PianoGrant*
Written-ByG. Hart*
4:23
B6Masochism World
Written-ByB. Mould*, G. Hart*
2:43
B7Standing By The Sea
PianoGrant*
Voice [Yell]Spot
Written-ByG. Hart*
3:12
C1Somewhere
Lyrics By [Words]Grant*
Written-ByB. Mould*, G. Hart*
2:30
C2One Step At A Time
PianoBob*
Written-ByB. Mould*, G. Hart*
0:45
C3Pink Turns To Blue
Written-ByG. Hart*
2:39
C4Newest Industry
PianoBob*
Written-ByB. Mould*
3:02
C5Monday Will Never Be The Same
PianoBob*, Grant*
Written-ByB. Mould*
1:10
C6Whatever
Written-ByB. Mould*
3:50
C7The Tooth Fairy And The Princess
Performer [Did All The Stuff]Bob*
Written-ByB. Mould*
2:43
D1Turn On The News
BassBob*
Written-ByG. Hart*
4:21
D2Recurring Dreams
Written-ByB. Mould*, G. Hart*, G. Norton*
13:47
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Notes

This pressing can best be identified by the large pressing ring on labels.
Early pressings were issued in a heavy pasteboard/tip-on gatefold sleeve (inside cardboard brown, not white). May include an SST catalog insert listing releases up to SST 028.

©1984 Cesstone Music (BMI)
℗1984 SST Records
Recorded & mixed at Total Access, Redondo Beach, CA, October 1983
All songs ℗© Cesstone Music (BMI)
Whoever wrote the songs sings it, except for track C1
Track D2 is live-done track, no overdubs or funny stuff
Everything on the record is first-take, except for A1 & C4, which started too fast
We all throw chairs during track B2
There were only two out-takes from these sessions, "Dozen Beats Eleven" and "Some Kind Of Fun"
The whole thing took about 85 hours, the last 40 hours straight for mixing
Carducci wants another album already, but not another double LP

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout - etched; variant 1): SST-2-027-A, L-17380, K disc, FALLING, SHIRLEY - EVERYTIME I SQUARE OFF AGAINST SOMEONE'S GOD
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout - etched; variant 1): SST-2-027-B, L-17380, I SPEND THE REST OF THE NIGHT (OR DAY) HALLUCINATING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout - etched; variant 1): SST-2-027-C, L-17380, AND NOW IT IS THE VISIONS OF A JOYOUS HELL...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout - etched; variant 1): SST-2-027-D, L-17380, ...WITHIN THE CIRCUITS THAT MAKE PAC-MEN DIE AND VESSELS DISINTEGRATE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout - etched; variant 2): SST-2-027-A L-17380 Kdisc [stamped] FALLING, SHIRLEY - EVERYTIME I SQUARE OFF AGAINST SOMEONE'S GOD
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout - etched; variant 2): SST-2-027-B I SPEND THE REST OF THE NIGHT (OR DAY) HALLUCINATING. L-17380
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout - etched; variant 2): SST-2-027-C AND NOW IT IS THE VISIONS OF A JOYOUS HELL... L-17380
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout - etched; variant 2): SST-2-027-D ....WITHIN THE CIRCUITS THAT MAKE PAC-MEN DIE AND VESSELS DISINTEGRATE... ☉ L-17380
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 23)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Zen Arcade (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)Aggressive Rockproduktionen, Aggressive RockproduktionenAG 0036, 80-1639Germany1984
Zen Arcade (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)SST RecordsSST 027UK1984
Zen Arcade (Cassette, Album, White Shell)SST RecordsSSTC 027US1984
New Submission
Zen Arcade (Cassette, Album, Clear Shell)SST RecordsSSTC 027US1984
Zen Arcade (CD, Album, Reissue)SST RecordsSST CD 027US1987

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heavenlycreatues's profile picture
heavenlycreatues
"Early pressings were issued in a heavy pasteboard/tip-on gatefold sleeve (inside cardboard brown, not white)."

So a brown inside cardboard indicates a first press?
iansvintage's profile picture
iansvintage
I have a couple of copies of this that doesn't seem to match any of the listed releases.

Mine has the following:

SST-020 on the spine, but the catalog number is not on the vinyl labels or the back cover.
Side A: Real World, Deadly Skies, It's Not Funny Anymore, First Of The Last Calls.
Side B (45 RPM): Lifeline, Diane, Out On A Limb
Side A Etchings: SST-020-A THAT OLD STAINLESS CHARITY. IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW, SHIRLEY. L-15122, kdisc (stamp)
Side B Etchings: SST-2-027-D ...WITHIN THE CIRCUITS THAT MAKE PAC-MEN DIE AND VESSELS DISINTEGRATE L-17380
Held up to the light, it's translucent brown, but black without light. Indicating this seems to be Quiex II vinyl.

Seems to be very similar to this release: https://www.discogs.com/H%C3%BCsker-D%C3%BC-Metal-Circus/release/6548039
But with different B-side tracks.
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J_DAVE
Not all of them. I bought my copy first week out in Minneapolis. Matrix numbers match above exactly as well. Definitely not Quiex II vinyl. Yes, it does have $12.98 on the spine. Regarding purple / blue: I think they are the same, just a printing variation.
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warsperfume
Want an easy way to check for pre-90s pressings? Put the record up to a bright light, it should look translucent brown and opaque black when taken away from the light. Most copies pressed in the 80s were on this Quiex II type vinyl.
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jeffn66
This, and the rest of their catalog produced by Spot, (especially New Day Rising) is begging for a proper remastering. Sound is too thin. Wish they could put aside their differences to arrange for a good remaster/reissue campaign.
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warsperfume
Does this version also have the S12.98 on the spine? I can just barely make it out in the pictures.
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warsperfume
I've come across a copy that has the matrix numbers for this version, but the inside of the gatefold is purple, instead of blue, like this version: https://www.discogs.com/H%C3%BCsker-D%C3%BC-Zen-Arcade/release/2639254 Any help identifying it would be great!