->"''Walking around with your head in the clouds\\
It makes no sense at all''"\\
--'''Hüsker Dü,''' "''Makes No Sense at All''"

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[[caption-width-right:250: L-R: Greg Norton, Grant Hart, and Bob Mould. [[note]] Wearing an Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation shirt [[/note]]]]

'''Hüsker Dü''' were an American HardcorePunk / AlternativeRock band from [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities St. Paul, MN]] who were together from 1979-88. They were composed of singer / guitarist / lyricist Bob Mould, bassist Greg Norton, and drummer / lyricist Grant Hart. While they never had a hit record, among their most well known work is the ConceptAlbum ''Zen Arcade,'' the follow-up ''New Day Rising,'' their CoverVersion of Music/TheByrds' "Eight Miles High," and their single "Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely," which was notably featured in the film ''Film/{{Adventureland}}'' and covered by Music/GreenDay. They are regarded as seminal in the creation of the AlternativeRock and PostHardcore genres.

Rising tensions between the two primary songwriters, Mould and Hart, eventually led to the band's breakup in 1988. Since then, Mould and Hart have launched their own solo careers, while Norton became a restaurantuer in the ''Twin Cities.'' Bob Mould has released an autobiography called: ''See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody,'' while Grant Hart was the subject of a documentary: ''Every Everything, the Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart.''

Although mainstream success eluded them, the influence they had on bands such as Music/DinosaurJr, Music/ThePixies, Music/GreenDay, Music/FooFighters, and a plethora of others has secured their place as one of the most important bands in modern rock music.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Husker_Du The Other Wiki.]]
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!! "New Tropes Rising:"

* AllJustADream: The first twenty songs of ''Zen Arcade,'' given "The Tooth Fairy and the Princess" (song twenty one).
* AlternativeRock: One of the first alternative bands to sign to a major label.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: How they ended up with their name. While doing a cover of the 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.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Grantzberg Vernon Hart.
* BadassMustache: Greg Norton.
* BlahBlahBlah: They have a song with this title.
* BreakupBreakout: Bob Mould and Grant Hart both pursued solo careers following ''Husker Du'''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.
* CallAndResponseSong: The verse sections of "In a Free Land."
* CarefulWithThatAxe: The verses of " The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill" are mostly Grant Hart screaming at the top of his lungs.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Zen Arcade,'' which tells the story of a youth who leaves his unfulfilling home life to find that the world outside is even worse.
* CoverVersion: "[[Music/TheByrds Eight Miles High,]]" ''Donovan'''s "Sunshine Superman," and the theme song to ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow.''
* CrapsackWorld: One of the primary concepts of ''Zen Arcade.''
* DanceSensation: "Do the Bee."
* DaysOfTheWeekSong: "Monday Will Never Be the Same."
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Grant Hart usually drummed without shoes.
* DownerEnding: The band's collapse after failing to find commercial success.
* DrugsAreBad: "Pink Turns to Blue" is about a girl who overdoses and dies.
* EagleLand: While not an overly political band (at least by UsefulNotes/{{Punk}} standards), songs such as: "In a Free Land," "Folk Lore," and "Divide and Conquer" portray America as a Type II.
* EchoingAcoustics: A common feature of the production on their studio albums, especially the later ones.
* EmoMusic: The band themselves don't qualify, but the "classic emo" bands of the 1990's especially ''Jawbreaker'' were heavily influenced by them.
* EpicRocking: "Reoccuring Dreams" clocks in at 13:47 (14:01 on some versions of the album). The band's early single "Statues" is 8:45. Finally, "Hardly Getting Over It" is 6:07.
* FakeOutFadeOut: Shortly after "Ice Cold Ice" fades out, a final chord is played at the song's original volume.
* FriendlyRivalry: With fellow ''Twin Cities'' rockers Music/TheReplacements.
* HardcorePunk: Their early material consisted of fast, blistering hardcore with slight hints of the melody that was to come.
* HeavyMetalUmlaut: Even though they're not a Metal band. Probably ironic.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Reoccurring Dreams," from ''Zen Arcade.''
* LiveAlbum: Two of them. Their full length debut, ''Land Speed Record,'' and ''The Living End,'' a compilation released after the band collapsed.
* LonelyPianoPiece: "One Step at a Time" and "Monday Will Never Be the Same."
* LoopedLyrics: "New Day Rising" has no lyrics besides the song's title. "Plans I Make" has a brief loop of: "I gotta make plans for the plans I make / Gotta have plans for the friends I make / I gotta have friends for the friends I make / Gotta have friends for the plans I make / Go make plans." After the first minute, the rest of the lyrics are: "go" and "make plans."
* MeaningfulName: The band's name was taken from a board game, the title of which means "Do you remember?" in [[UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}} Danish]] and [[UsefulNotes/{{Norway}} Norwegian.]] The band added the [[HeavyMetalUmlaut Heävy Mëtal Ümlauts.]]
* MinisculeRocking: ''Land Speed Record'' packs 17 songs into 26 1/2 minutes.
** On ''Everything Falls Apart,'' "Punch Drunk" is 0:30, "Bricklayer" is 0:34, and "Obnoxious" is 0:55. Their usage of this trope would drop off with time.
* [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities Minneapolis / St. Paul]]: Robert Street (an actual thoroughfare in St. Paul, not a person) is mentioned in "Diane."
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Mostly a 6-7 on their early albums, mostly 5-6 later on (though they have some songs, i.e. "Never Talking to You Again," "Perfect Example," "Too Far Down," and "Hardly Getting Over It," that drop below this point).
* MurderBallad: "Diane," which was apparently based on the real life rape and murder of West St. Paul waitress Diane Edwards by Joseph Ture in 1980.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: An early incarnation of the band featured a keyboard player named Charlie Pine, who was soon booted by the other three after they decided that they wouldn't need a keyboard player. For the rest of their career, the line-up would consist of Mould, Hart, and Norton.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Their experimental side is probably best seen on ''Zen Arcade.'' While the band's sound was still rooted in fast, aggressive punk, their songwriting had become noticeably more melodic, experimenting with elements of folk, noise, and psychedelic, as well as including piano interludes.
* 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.
* NoiseRock: Some of their instrumentals lean in this direction.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Terms of Psychic Warfare."
* ObsessionSong: "Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill"
* OddFriendship: Punk rocker Grant Hart ended up becoming close friends with novelist, essayist, and painter Creator/WilliamSBurroughs.
* PopPunk: An influence on the genre, and their later songs serve as examples.
* PostHardcore: One of the TropeMakers with their addition of melody and experimentation to HardcorePunk.
* PostPunk: The band counted Music/JoyDivision as an influence, and some of their earliest recordings, such as "Statues" and "Amusement" fall under this category. However, it wouldn't be long before they shifted their style to Los Angeles-inspired hardcore.
* ProtestSong:
** "In a Free Land."
** "Folk Lore," combined with AdultsAreUseless.
* PunBasedTitle: ''Land Speed Record'' refers both to the ferocious speed of the material and the band's fondness (at the time) for amphetamines.
* RedOniBlueOni: Mould was the Red Oni, with his more aggressive songs, while Hart was the Blue Oni, with his more introspective songs.
* RockTrio
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: "Series/GilligansIsland:"
--> "Gilligan's Island\\
Is where I wanna be\\
I wanna fuck Ginger\\
Underneath a big palm tree\\
I wanna make the professor\\
Make some good drugs for me\\
Oh Gilligan's Island\\
Is where I wanna be"
* SingleStanzaSong:
** "New Day Rising" is just the title repeated over and over.
** "If I Told You."
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The lyrics of their early material were decidedly on the cynical side, though as their career progressed they began to drift slightly more toward idealism.
* SociopathicSoldier: "You're a Soldier," of the "joined up to kill" variety.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: "Turn on the News" attacks sensationalism.
* 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.
** While the band was together rumors swirled around Greg Norton (mostly due to his [[PornStache handlebar mustache]]), the one band member who's actually straight.
* StudioChatter: Mould, at the end of "Plans I Make," the last song on ''New Day Rising,'' says: "It's the end of the album."
* {{Subtext}}: Mould is gay and Hart is bisexual, although this was not widely publicised 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 rumoured 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).
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Being a HardcorePunk band, any of their acoustic songs count -- especially the two on ''Candy Apple Grey.'' "Hardly Getting Over It" even has a synthesizer solo!
* StopBeingStereotypical: In "Real World" and "Deadly Skies," Mould rejects the notion that punk bands need to constantly involve themselves in radical politics, thus emancipating the band from some of the expectations imposed on them by their subculture.
* TextlessAlbumCover: The cover to ''Warehouse: Songs and Stories.''
* UncommonTime: "Masochism World."
* VocalTagTeam: Usually, Bob and Grant would each sing on the songs they individually wrote, though sometimes they'd each take different vocal sections on the same song.
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