Hüsker Dü Vinyl, CD & tapes by Hüsker Dü at Norman Records
Husker Du were the kind of band that were hugely influential yet when you listen to them after the fact then it's sometimes hard to work out exactly why this was the case perhaps because what came after (Pixies in particular) was even better. Well first up they had two stellar songwriters in Bob Mould and Grant Hart which made the band incredibly prolific. Second they played their songs very very fast indeed. This combination of melody and pace was what set them apart. If you matched the Beatles and Black Flag you might end up with Husker Du.
It took them a remarkably long time to hit their dizzy heights. Their debut single was a PIL style slog of post punk and debut album 'Land Speed Record' was not for the faint hearted. It took until 1983s 'Metal Circus' for their racket to ease back so that the melodies could be heard and it was this ear for a tune that made the band college rock favourites. Their 'classic' era could be said to the 1983-1985 where they released three stunning records in quick succession. 'Zen Arcade' was a ludicrous double album concept, 'New Day Rising' was the best front to back album they had released to date whilst 'Flip Your Wig' softened their sound just slightly and contained some of their best known songs such as the alternative hit 'Makes No Sense At All'.
After years on punk-friendly independent label SST, the band made a big move to the majors and signed for Warner Brothers. The label to its credit just let the band do their own thing and two further albums followed in 'Candy Apple Grey' and another double album 'Warehouse: Songs and Stories" before creative and personal tensions caused the band to implode. Bob Mould had a successful solo career and attained the success that had eluded him with another power rock trio, Sugar whilst Grant Hart embarked on a more spotty solo career and formed Nova Mob. Moustachioed bassist Greg Norton became a restauranteur. Any hopes of a re-union were dashed when Hart passed away in 2017 but in any case Husker Du should be remembered as the young, energetic band which helped change the face of alternative rock in the 1980s perfectly exemplified in the 2017 box set collection Savage Young Du.