Hüsker Dü thrashes San Francisco's Mabuhay Gardens in 1981
In 1981, on a warm summer night when I was probably laying in my crib thinking about how I wanted to celebrate my 2nd birthday in a few weeks, Hüsker Dü was just up the peninsula rocking the veritable old music venue in San Francisco's North Beach at Mabuhay Gardens.
Nicknamed "Fab Mab," the club hosted a number of important punk and new wave acts from 1976-1986, including the Dead Kennedys, The Avengers, Devo, Iggy Pop, Redd Kross, The Minutemen, Black Flag, The Ramones and Roky Erickson. This is a very early Hüsker Dü show, when they were still relatively unknown. You can hear club promoter & booker Dirk Dirksen announcing the set: "Jello Biafra, while touring in the Northwest, ran across these people and asked me to book 'em, so here they are, an addition to the program. Here's . . . [sounds unsure of the pronunciation] Hüsker Dü."
And as the guy who made this available said, this is "one of the most intense live shows by ANY band you'll ever find. I have no doubt in my mind that everyone who was there this night knew they were witnessing something very special. Any self-respecting punk fan needs to hear this one . . . Best played LOUD!" I agree.
July 24th or 25th, 1981
Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco
All Tensed Up
Don't Try To Call
I'm Not Interested
Travel In The Opposite Car
Don't Have A Life
Tired Of Doing Things Your Way
Do You Remember?
Let's Go Die
ZIP: HÜSKER DÜ AT FAB MAB