History Music / HuskerDu

23rd Sep '17 6:08:34 PM FulminataXII
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* BreakupBreakout: Bob Mould and Grant Hart both pursued solo careers following Hüsker Dü's break-up. While neither artist is quite mainstream, Mould would appear to be a lot more popular, as his listeners on last.fm outnumber Grant Hart's ten to one and he played on two Music/FooFighters songs.

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* BreakupBreakout: Bob Mould and Grant Hart both pursued solo careers following Hüsker Dü's break-up. While neither artist is quite mainstream, Mould would appear to be a lot more popular, as his listeners on last.fm outnumber Grant Hart's ten to one and he played on two Music/FooFighters songs. Although Hart's approach to making music post-Hüsker Dü was decidedly more low-key and sporadic than Mould's.
18th Sep '17 5:23:25 PM FulminataXII
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*BiTheWay: Grant Hart. The ''Every Everything'' documentary reveals that he had a son from a heterosexual relationship early on in his career, but many of his later relationships were with men. At the time of his death, he was married to a woman.



** Grant Hart is usually described as gay or bisexual. The ''Every Everything'' documentary reveals that he had a son from a heterosexual relationship early on in his career, but most of his adult relationships were with men.
17th Sep '17 5:30:58 PM CassandraLeo
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** There’s also chatter at the ends of a couple of tracks on ''Everything Falls Apart'', though you have to turn the volume up a lot to hear it.

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** There’s also chatter at the ends of a couple of tracks on ''Everything after “Everything Falls Apart'', Apart” and “Obnoxious”, though you have to turn the volume up a lot to hear it.



** “In a Free Land” usually has a bar of 7/4 before each chorus.

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** “In a Free Land” usually has a bar of 7/4 an unusual rhythmic pattern before each chorus.chorus that, particularly due to its fast tempo, can be rather disorienting - it can either be counted as seven measures of 4/4 or a longer 14/4 measure. Additionally, Hart syncopates the opening drumbeat of each chorus to make it feel as though a beat has been taken out, though it isn’t actually. Slowing the recording down makes it easier to follow, but only marginally.
17th Sep '17 5:10:32 PM CassandraLeo
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** ''Flip Your Wig'' had a much more polished production than their previous records (which had also been their intention for ''New Day Rising, but they were overruled by their label), and largely did away with the remaining traces of their hardcore roots. The band's next two albums would continue in this domain, with a sound closer to Music/{{REM}} than to Music/BlackFlag.

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** ''Flip Your Wig'' had a much more polished production than their previous records (which had also been their intention for ''New Day Rising, Rising'', but they were overruled by their label), and largely did away with the remaining traces of their hardcore roots. The band's next two albums would continue in this domain, with a sound closer to Music/{{REM}} than to Music/BlackFlag.
17th Sep '17 5:10:07 PM CassandraLeo
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* NewSoundAlbum: Either ''Everything Falls Apart'', ''Metal Circus'', or ''Zen Arcade'' (depending on the listener's perspective) is where their songwriting became melody based enough to differentiate them from traditional hardcore.
** ''Flip Your Wig'' had a much more polished production than their previous records, and largely did away with the remaining traces of their hardcore roots. The band's next two albums would continue in this domain.

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* NewSoundAlbum: Either ''Everything Falls Apart'', ''Metal Circus'', or ''Zen Arcade'' (depending on the listener's perspective) is where their songwriting became melody based melody-based enough to differentiate them from traditional hardcore.
hardcore. Then ''New Day Rising'' took this further still.
** ''Flip Your Wig'' had a much more polished production than their previous records, records (which had also been their intention for ''New Day Rising, but they were overruled by their label), and largely did away with the remaining traces of their hardcore roots. The band's next two albums would continue in this domain.domain, with a sound closer to Music/{{REM}} than to Music/BlackFlag.
17th Sep '17 4:33:34 PM CassandraLeo
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* AllJustADream: The first 20 songs of ''Zen Arcade'', given "The Tooth Fairy and the Princess" (song 21).

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* AllJustADream: The [[spoiler:The first 20 songs of ''Zen Arcade'', given "The Tooth Fairy and the Princess" (song 21).]]



* {{Subtext}}: Mould is gay; Hart is bisexual, although this was not widely publicized at the time the band was active. This knowledge adds an extra layer of meaning to songs like "The Biggest Lie," which thereby becomes a very different song. (Note that, while it was rumored that Hart and Mould were romantically involved and their tensions were a reason for the band's breakup, both of them have flatly denied this).

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* {{Subtext}}: Mould is gay; Hart is was bisexual, although this was not widely publicized at the time the band was active. This knowledge adds an extra layer of meaning to songs like "The Biggest Lie," which thereby becomes a very different song. (Note that, while it was rumored that Hart and Mould were romantically involved and their tensions were a reason for the band's breakup, both of them have flatly denied this).
17th Sep '17 4:21:49 PM CassandraLeo
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* DespairEventHorizon: "Too Far Down" and "Hardly Getting Over It" are both about depression. "Too Far Down" could be considered to represent the hopelessness one feels upon the first onset of the illness, while "Hardly Getting Over It" represents the numbness one feels after suffering months or years of it. The band has other songs that also deal with depression, but these two stand out.
17th Sep '17 4:01:27 PM CassandraLeo
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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: How they ended up with their name. While doing a cover of Music/TalkingHeads' "Psycho Killer" during a rehearsal, they were unable to remember the French portions of the lyrics and instead started shouting out any foreign words they could remember. One of the phrases ended up being "Husker Du," and they decided to use that (with added HeavyMetalUmlauts) as the name of the band.

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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: How they ended up with their name. While doing a cover of Music/TalkingHeads' "Psycho Killer" during a rehearsal, they were unable to remember the French portions of the lyrics and instead started shouting out any foreign words they could remember. One of the phrases ended up being "Husker Du," and they decided to use that (with added HeavyMetalUmlauts) {{Heavy Metal Umlaut}}s) as the name of the band.
17th Sep '17 4:00:23 PM CassandraLeo
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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: How they ended up with their name. While doing a cover of Music/TalkingHeads' "Psycho Killer" during a rehearsal, they were unable to remember the French portions of the lyrics and instead started shouting out any foreign words they could remember. One of the phrases ended up being "Hüsker Dü," and they decided to use that as the name of the band.

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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: How they ended up with their name. While doing a cover of Music/TalkingHeads' "Psycho Killer" during a rehearsal, they were unable to remember the French portions of the lyrics and instead started shouting out any foreign words they could remember. One of the phrases ended up being "Hüsker Dü," "Husker Du," and they decided to use that (with added HeavyMetalUmlauts) as the name of the band.



* BreakupBreakout: Bob Mould and Grant Hart both pursued solo careers following Hüsker Dü's break-up. While neither artist is quite mainstream, Mould would appear to be a lot more popular, as his listeners on ''last.fm'' outnumber Grant Hart's ten to one and he played on two Music/FooFighters songs.

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* BreakupBreakout: Bob Mould and Grant Hart both pursued solo careers following Hüsker Dü's break-up. While neither artist is quite mainstream, Mould would appear to be a lot more popular, as his listeners on ''last.fm'' last.fm outnumber Grant Hart's ten to one and he played on two Music/FooFighters songs.



* MetalScream: Hart and Mould both were really good at this..

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* MetalScream: Hart and Mould both were really good at this..this.



* StraightGay: While it had been an open secret in the Twin Cities music community for some time, Bob Mould officially came out as gay in the early '90s.
** Grant Hart is usually described as gay or bisexual. The ''Every Everything'' documentary reveals that he had a son from a heterosexual relationship early on in his career, but most of his adult relationships have been with men.

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* StraightGay: StraightGay:
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While it had been an open secret in the Twin Cities music community for some time, Bob Mould officially came out as gay in the early '90s.
** Grant Hart is usually described as gay or bisexual. The ''Every Everything'' documentary reveals that he had a son from a heterosexual relationship early on in his career, but most of his adult relationships have been were with men.



* StudioChatter: Mould, at the end of "Plans I Make", the last song on ''New Day Rising'', says: "It's the end of the album".

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* StudioChatter: StudioChatter:
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Mould, at the end of "Plans I Make", the last song on ''New Day Rising'', says: "It's Rising'': "Who cares? It's the end of last song on the album".album."
17th Sep '17 3:53:26 PM CassandraLeo
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Norton wrote a few songs on the early releases ("Let's Go Die", "M.T.C.", plus co-writing "From the Gut" and "Blah, Blah, Blah" with Mould), but from ''Metal Circus'' onward, Hart and Mould wrote all their songs (occasional covers and a few tracks credited to the whole band aside). ''Everything Falls Apart and More'' also features experiments with a few styles that they wouldn't do much with later (e.g., PostPunk), and the early releases feature much more MinisculeRocking than they would use later.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Norton wrote a few songs on the early releases ("Let's Go Die", "M.T.C.", plus co-writing "From the Gut" and "Blah, Blah, Blah" with Mould), but from ''Metal Circus'' onward, Hart and Mould wrote all the songs that appeared on their songs studio albums (occasional covers and a few tracks credited to the whole band aside).aside; Norton did get the "Could You Be the One?" B-side "Everytime", which also appeared in a live version on ''The Living End''). ''Everything Falls Apart and More'' also features experiments with a few styles that they wouldn't do much with later (e.g., PostPunk), and the early releases feature much more MinisculeRocking than they would use later.



* LiveAlbum: Two. Their full length debut, ''Land Speed Record'', and ''The Living End'', a compilation released after the band collapsed.

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* LiveAlbum: Two. Their full length full-length debut, ''Land Speed Record'', and ''The Living End'', a compilation released after the band collapsed.
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