Numero Group has a very important Hüsker Dü-related announcement to make. But not for another 15 days.
The Chicago-based label has been teasing a major reissue of early Dü material for months now, and yesterday it posted a photo of the box set itself, Savage Young Dü, on Instagram, along with the caption: “A little something to tide you over during the eclipse. We'll tell you more in 15 days, promise.”
If my math is right, that brings us to September 5, the day after Labor Day.
Numero has slowly been drizzling out information about the 3 CD (4 LP) collection via social media since last September, when the label tweeted "Seven years in the making. It begins." along with a pic of the “Mac-Bruce Demo Tape,” a storied artifact containing six songs (“Nuclear Nightmare,” “Do the Bee,” “Uncle Ron,” “Don’t Try to Call,” “Sex Dolls,” and “MTC”) that the band recorded at Macalester in May 1979 with Bill Bruce.
Then in June, without warning, Numero digitally released a newly remastered version of the band’s 1982 debut full-length Everything Falls Apart.
It’s still not clear how much of the band’s early career the set will cover, or if Numero has somehow finagled the rights to classic Dü discs like Zen Arcade from the band's old label, SST, which has fiercely clung to the recordings in its possession. Presumably, we’ll know more about this in 15 days.
Till then, if you want more info, head on over to Slicing Up Eyeballs, which has been diligently tracking the reissue project’s progress, clue by clue.