Released : May 1982
Recorded : February 1982 at Blackberry Way, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Genre : Hardcore punk
Length : 2:50
Label : New Alliance Records
Producer : Steve Fjelstad and Hüsker Dü
"In A Free Land" is a song by Hüsker Dü released as a single in 1982. It was the band's second single.
This release finds the band in a period where its music was still strictly hardcore punk, but does have a hint of their future melodic style, particularly in the title track.
The songs were written by all three members, Bob Mould, Grant Hart, and Greg Norton. All three are also credited with performing on vocals.
The single's pressing was limited to 2,500 copies upon its release, along with an unknown number that contained a lyric insert.
The three tracks, in remixed form (a necessity since the original two-track master was lost by the pressing plant hired by New Alliance), appear on the Everything Falls Apart and More CD. The loss of the original two-track master to this EP may have led to a popular rumor that the stereo master to Everything Falls Apart itself had been lost. Hüsker Dü intended for the song "Love the Music, Hate the Kids" to be on the single but the publisher stated it wouldn't fit, so Hüsker Dü made it a single.
The title track was covered by the New Jersey hardcore band Ensign on their 2003 album Love the Music, Hate the Kids.
In 2009, at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in New York City, Bob Mould teamed up with members of No Age to perform the song, possibly the first time the song has been performed live since 1987.
1. In A Free Land
2. What Do I Want