Hüsker Dü formed in Minneapolis (USA) in 1979 and when they started releasing records in 1981, they were lazily typecast as angry young men playing loud guitar thrash.
Over the following years, though, the scope and maturity of Bob Mould and Grant Hart’s songwriting developed, resulting in the staggering variety of the double LP Zen Arcade (1984) which included tape loops, backwards effects, acoustic instruments and a myriad of disparate influences.
Following the prolific release of two albums in 1985 – New Day Rising and Flip Your WIg – the band signed to Warner Bros Records in 1986, becoming one of the first American underground rock bands to sign with a major record label.
Their major-label debut, Candy Apple Grey (1986), straddled the boundary between consonance and dissonance, with subliminal hooks, melodies, choruses and surprisingly conventional structures supporting their limited sonic palette.
The group fell apart on the tour for their album, Warehouse Songs and Stories, in 1987 after their manager David Savoy Jr committed suicide.
Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Drums, keyboards, vocals