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Hüsker Dü

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Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (1979 – 1987)

Hüsker Dü was a band from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, active from 1979 to 1987. The band consisted of Bob Mould (guitars, vocals), Greg Norton (bass) and Grant Hart (drums, vocals). Mould and Hart split the song-writing duties. The band was never widely popular, but had an impact much larger than sales might indicate. “Hüsker Dü” is Danish/Norwegian for “Do You Remember” (a popular children’s game). Hüsker Dü first gained notice as a post-hardcore band, with thrashing tempos & screamed vocals, but also with a melodic, soulful edge that became more pronounced in the band’s mid-career, as they drifted away from their early sound. They were also a striking trio on stage — far different from the typical hardcore band of the time — with Mould’s hulking, doughy presence shouting angrily at stage left, offset by the generally unkempt, long-haired Hart flailing on the drums, and the lanky, good-natured Norton, who sported a waxed handlebar moustache for most of the band’s career.

Hüsker Dü broke with the anti-traditionalist ethos of most early hardcore bands. Their early songwriting shows the influence of , 1960s music, , and other forms (although often buried under a thick layer of angst and aggression), and has a strong melodic sense. The lyrics made astute, sharp, personal and social commentary, showing a great deal of vulnerability and sympathy for their subjects. Hüsker Dü’s songwriting was widely admired, and their live shows were often a venue for brilliant improvisational playing.

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  • deathtrot

    Still have Zen Arcade on Vinyl, timeless classic

    3 hours ago Reply
  • Gaffes

    Their music is kinda "Hardcore-Shoegaze".

    11 Sep 8:53pm Reply
  • senotfed

    \\o/

    31 Aug 12:49am Reply
  • DaSzet747

    I heard Metal Circus for the first time today and suddenly these guys suddenly clicked with me. Oh man, what a record.

    18 Aug 3:04am Reply
  • nandosiol

    I've been listening to Zen Arcade on reoccuring dreams....

    26 Jul 3:35am Reply
  • Rezzo64

    youve probably tagged it in your library without the umlauts on the 'u'

    22 Jun 9:42pm Reply
  • WaldoJeffers_X

    funny, last.fm says i've never listened this band but when i go in the "Zen Arcade" page it says 407 scrobbles

    2 Jun 6:56pm Reply
  • Susi_Bellamy

    Me gustan....

    27 May 2:10am Reply
  • wiseblood-

    Rockin' out to Zen Arcade tonight!

    4 May 2:43am Reply
  • ozzkan

    Üsküdar

    1 May 11:47am Reply
  • mattmacneil

    flexible flyer is so fucking depressing

    28 Apr 8:00pm Reply
  • Dusk2099

    spot's terrible production almost ruins them for me

    27 Apr 3:47am Reply
  • nandosiol

    It's really hard to choose one favourite song or record ,som many good stuff here

    18 Apr 6:09pm Reply
  • sashahen

    I listen since more than 30 years. Never get bored \m/

    9 Apr 5:55pm Reply
  • Scary-NG

    Zen Arcade is mind blowing stuff.

    9 Apr 3:47pm Reply
  • allisonmichele

    Will never box them into a genre that feels appropriate. No matter how often I try, hehe.

    12 Mar 7:57pm Reply
  • Caribou1983

    I'd travel the world just to start a huskers tribute band.

    9 Mar 10:14pm Reply
  • DrBlur

    Not a bad album in their entire career...can never get enough of the Du!

    28 Feb 7:05pm Reply
  • rok2slayr

    this band is brilliant

    28 Feb 9:38am Reply
  • chess_master

    wtf is with similar artists? massive attack? what is this joke?

    15 Feb 12:48pm Reply
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