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

[[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 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 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.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Husker_Du The Other Wiki]].

!!! "New Tropes Rising":

* AllJustADream: One possible way of interpreting 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.
* 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 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 Music/FooFighters songs.
* 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: Pretty much.
* DanceSensation: "Do The Bee"
* DaysOfTheWeekSong: "Monday Will Never Be The Same"
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Grant Hart usually drummed without shoes.
* DoubleEntendre[=/=]PunBasedTitle: ''Land Speed Record'' refers both to the ferocious speed of the material and the band's fondness (at the time) for amphetamines.
* DownerEnding: The band's collapse after failing to find commercial success.
* DrugsAreBad: "Pink Turns to Blue" is about a girl who overdoses and dies.
* EchoingAcoustics: a common feature of the production on their studio albums, especially the later ones.
* EpicRocking: "Reoccuring Dreams" clocks in at 13:47.
* FakeOutFadeOut: Shortly after "Ice Cold Ice" fades out, a final chord is played at the song's original volume.
* HardcorePunk
* 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.
* [[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.
* 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. 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"
* PopPunk: Either an influence on the genre or an example.
* PostHardcore: If you don't consider them one of the {{Trope Maker}}s, they're probably an UrExample.
* ProtestSong: "In A Free Land"
** "Folk Lore" would seem to qualify too, along with AdultsAreUseless.
* 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 Single Lyric Song]]: "New Day Rising" is just the title repeated over and over.
** Single Stanza Song: "If I Told You"
* SociopathicSoldier: "You're a Soldier", of the "joined up to kill" variety.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: "Turn on the News" attacks sensationalism.
* StraightGay: Bob Mould and Grant Hart have both come out as gay. While the band was together rumors swirled around Greg Norton, 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!
* UncommonTime: "Masochism World"
* VocalTagTeam