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ron’s randolph inn (former)

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In March of 1979, Hüsker Dü played their first public performance at Ron's Randolph Inn. Although there is no longer a 1217 building at this address, the 1219 building contains the one-story brick building that used to be Ron's.

As Bob Mould recalled:
"I am 99% certain it's the one story building next to the salon. The front windows you see were 'the back of the stage.' When one entered the front door, they were essentially to my immediate left (stage left). The stage was maybe 12 inches high, with a small wrought iron rail — think handrail for a stairway entrance to a suburban house — on stage left. Don't ask me how I remember all of this."

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janet wallace fine arts center

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At the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center on the Macalester College campus, Hüsker Dü recorded their earliest demo tracks.

Recorded in May of 1979, the demo is known as the Bill Bruce Demos and features the following tracks:

Nuclear Nightmare
Do The Bee
Uncle Ron
Don't Try To Call
Sex Dolls
MTC

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zen arcade car yard

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The cover of Hüsker Dü's landmark 1984 album Zen Arcade features a hand-colored photo of a car-crushing yard. This location is down in the Pig's Eye Lake industrial area (not sure if this is the exact address, but it's close to there).

Zen Arcade was released on SST Records (#027), the artwork was done by Fake Name Graphics, and the photo was taken by M. Peterson.

The album was recorded at Total Access Recording Studio in Redondo Beach, CA with SST producer Spot. The band recorded 25 tracks, with all but two songs being first takes ("Something I Learned Today" and "Newest Industry"), in 40 hours.

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zen arcade church

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Hüsker Dü began work on their double album Zen Arcade in the summer of 1983, immediately after releasing Metal Circus. Bassist Grant Hart was living in a desanctified church-turned-punk squat in St. Paul, MN. The other tenants were drifters, runaways and musicians, and everybody was enjoying the particularly good LSD that had made its way there. The band was reaching their creative peaks at that time, practicing for hours in the church.

The church later became a shelter for at-risk youths and continues to stand today. If you drive by, you can still see the stained glass windows.

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milton building

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Released in October of 1983, The cover of the Hüsker Dü mini-album/EP Metal Circus features a photo of a desk with a Chairman Mao photo and a view out a city window. The picture was taken looking out of the first floor office window of the Milton Building at this address (next to the Parkside Apartments).


Local history note: the song "Diane" is about the murder of West St. Paul waitress Diane Edwards by serial killer Joseph Ture in 1980. The song has been covered by several other bands.


See Grant Hart next to the building and different view points of the location here.

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