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Breakup Breakout: Bob Mould and Grant Hart both pursued solo careers following Husker Du's breakup. 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 Foo Fighters songs.
Concept Album: Zen Arcade, which tells the story of a youth who leaves his unfulfilling home life to find that the world outside is even worse.
Looped Lyrics: "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."
Minneapolis/St. Paul: Robert Street (an actual thoroughfare in St. Paul, not a person) is mentioned in "Diane."
Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 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).
Murder Ballad: "Diane", which was apparently based on the real-life rape and murder of West St. Paul waitress Diane Edwards by Joseph Ture in 1980.
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. The band's next two albums would continue in this domain.
Noise Rock: Some of their instrumentals lean in this direction.
Studio Chatter: 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).