Never Found in the '80s: St. Paul's Husker Du
Okay, it’s bragging time, but I’ll get to that in a moment. The across the river rivals of the Minneapolis band The Replacements, St. Paul’s Husker Du proved to be equally talented and influential. Moving from their earlier sound of thrash, hardcore punk to a more accessible and melodic alternative rock, Husker Du has been credited with influencing the style of other alt bands, such as the Pixies, Nirvana, and Green Day.
Husker Du was also one of the most prolific bands in the 80s. They released three highly acclaimed albums on the independent label SST (Zen Arcade, New Day Rising and Flip Your Wig) in a mere 14 months. Despite their prolific output and their increasingly harmonic and pop friendly sound, Husker Du failed to garner much mainstream attention.
Bragging time! The video clip displays the band at the height of their live performance quality and features two songs from their 1985 release New Day Rising: The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill and I Apologize (the clip erroneously lists this song as Powerline). This footage was taken at the legendary Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue on Jan. 30, 1985 AND your humble correspondent was there! That’s right! I was there and you can read about my experience at that show on my blog.
Artistic differences led to their break-up in 1988. Although bassist Greg Norton did continue in other bands for a time, he mainly went on to be a chef and restaurant owner. Bob Mould (vocals/guitar) and Grant Hart (vocals/drums) both went on to do solo work and to form other bands: Sugar and Nova Mob respectively. Bob released his latest solo effort, Silver Age, last year and Grant’s upcoming solo doublelength album, The Argument, is due out in July.
- Jim 'Dr. Dim' Fitzsimons