"No incantation can do justice to Husker Du's phenomenal cover of Eight Miles High. I hadn't heard it in fourteen years -- my only copy was taped from a radio-show at Carnegie Mellon circa 1990. I must have listened to it thousands of times before the tape was taken by continental drift. Just now I woke up with a hum in my head and stumble-walked into cyberspace and dug around until I found a 30-second sample. Which I have been listening to, over and over, for the last twenty minutes. It's like finding a bottle with just one sip of your youth and beauty and power inside. Bob Mould's voice isn't human. The guitars are burning off all kinds of fog. My mind is blown all over again."
Christopher Clark | Santa Cruz, CA | 09/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As definitive a single song as "Stairway to Heaven" was for Led Zeppelin, "Eight Miles High" flies so close to the sun, Bob Mould can't even make his mouth properly form the words at the halcyonic climax. "Love Is All Around" (aka the Mary Tyler Moore song) is equally definitive as the Minneapolis National Anthem (amazing the Replacements didn't think of covering it first, although Joan Jett had no qualms about borrowing the idea a few years later). Pity they didn't include their NME flexi-disk live version of "Ticket To Ride," as the Beatles were the Huskers' true precedent, Grant Hart playing soppy McCartney to Mould's malevolent Lennon, rounded out by Greg Norton's happy-to-be-here Ringo stardom, but I suppose they're saving that for the waaaay overdue 2-CD retrospective (cross your fingers for a supporting tour)."
THE GREATEST SINGLE IN ROCK HISTORY
P. J. Keating | Flossmoor, IL United States | 08/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen nearly every band that matters over the last 20 years, and I have only one regret: not seeing "Zen Arcade" era Husker Du live. Husker Du's cover of "Eight Miles High" is, IMHO, the greatest single recorded song in rock history. I agree that the sound quality [...] on the CD but, played at 11 on a suitably powerful and revealing system, this song has an aural punch that cannot be matched. Bob Mould's cries throughout the latter half of the song are a distillation of all the rage, fury, and angst in every rock song that preceded it. Every person for whom I have ever played this song (OK, every male) has purchased this EP. You should too."
Two great covers at one abysmal price!
P. J. Keating | 05/25/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Pop Kulcher Review: "Eight Miles High" and "Love is All Around" (aka the theme from the Mary Tyler Moore Show) are two of the most wonderful, joyous covers ever recorded. Sad, then, that SST is out to rook the public by putting 'em on an overpriced cd-single ("Makes No Sense at All" is already available on the Flip Your Wig cd, which most Husker Du fans presumably already own). Would it have been so terrible to tack these songs onto the end of New Day Rising or Flip Your Wig?"
Christopher Clark | 09/02/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is essential to any Husker Du collection. "Eight Miles High" should have been included with their immortal "Zen Arcade" album - it paints clearly how Hart & Mould drew upon old-school psychedlia to create new sounds. However, if you can, find the vinyl 45. The CD was abysmally mastered (which is why I dock it a star), and sounds as if it were recorded at the bottom of a fish bowl. The 45 (which has "Eight Miles High" b/w "Masochism World" captures the real sonic intensity of the recordings. The CD is readily available, but an aural dissapointment."