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Music: Hüsker Dü
"Walking around with your head in the clouds
It makes no sense at all
Hüsker Dü, "Makes No Sense At All"

L-R: Greg Norton, Grant Hart and Bob Mouldnote 

Hüsker Dü were an American Hardcore Punk/Alternative Rock band from Minneapolis, MN who were together from 1979-1988. 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 Concept Album Zen Arcade, the follow-up New Day Rising, their Cover Version of The Byrds' "Eight Miles High," and their single "Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely," which was notably featured in the film Adventureland and covered by Green Day. They are regarded as seminal in the creation of the Alternative Rock and Post-Hardcore genres.

As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.

"New Tropes Rising":

  • All Just a Dream: One possible way of interpreting the first twenty songs of Zen Arcade, given "The Tooth Fairy and the Princess" (song twenty-one).
  • Alternative Rock: One of the first alternative bands to sign to a major label.
  • Badass Mustache: Greg Norton
  • Blah Blah Blah: They have a song with this title.
  • 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 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.
  • Cover Version: "Eight Miles High", Donovan's "Sunshine Superman"
  • Crapsack World: Pretty much.
  • Dance Sensation: "Do The Bee"
  • "Days of the Week" Song : "Monday Will Never Be The Same"
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Grant Hart usually drummed without shoes.
  • Doing It for the Art: The reason Warner Bros. signed the band.
  • Double Entendre/Pun-Based Title: Land Speed Record refers both to the ferocious speed of the material and the band's fondness (at the time) for amphetamines.
  • Downer Ending: The band's collapse after failing to find commercial success.
  • Drugs Are Bad: "Pink Turns to Blue" is about a girl who overdoses and dies.
  • Echoing Acoustics: a common feature of the production on their studio albums, especially the later ones.
  • Epic Rocking: "Reoccuring Dreams" clocks in at 13:47.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: Shortly after "Ice Cold Ice" fades out, a final chord is played at the song's original volume.
  • Hardcore Punk
  • Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: Even though they're not a Metal band. Probably ironic.
  • Instrumentals: "Reoccurring Dreams," from Zen Arcade.
  • Live Album: Two of them. Their full-length debut, Land Speed Record, and The Living End, a compilation released after the band collapsed.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: "One Step at a Time" and "Monday Will Never Be the Same."
  • 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."
  • Meaningful Name: The band's name was taken from a board game, the title of which means "Do you remember?" in Danish and Norwegian. The band added the Heävy Mëtal Ümlauts.
  • Miniscule Rocking: Land Speed Record packs 17 songs into 26 1/2 minutes.
  • 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.
  • New Sound Album:
    • 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.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Terms of Psychic Warfare"
  • Pop Punk: Either an influence on the genre or an example.
  • Post-Hardcore: If you don't consider them one of the Trope Makers, they're probably an Ur Example.
  • Protest Song: "In A Free Land"
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Mould was the Red Oni, with his more aggressive songs, while Hart was the Blue Oni, with his more introspective songs.
  • Rock Trio
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: "Gilligan's Island":
    "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"
  • Single Lyric Song: "New Day Rising" is just the title repeated over and over.
    • Single Stanza Song: "If I Told You"
  • Strawman News Media: "Turn on the News" attacks sensationalism.
  • Straight Gay: Bob Mould.
  • 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).
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: Being a Hardcore Punk band, any of their acoustic songs count- especially the two on Candy Apple Grey. "Hardly Getting Over It" even has a synthesizer solo!
  • Uncommon Time: "Masochism World"
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