Trivia / Hüsker Dü

  • Author Existence Failure: Grant Hart died in 2017 after a battle with kidney cancer.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Bob Mould refuses to listen to The Living End.
    • Grant Hart rarely played "Diane" live later in his career, as he'd come to feel that the real-life murder that inspired the lyrics shouldn't be trivialized in the form of a song.
  • Doing It for the Art: The reason Warner Bros. signed the band.
  • Executive Meddling: They'd wanted to self-produce New Day Rising, but the label insisted on house producer Spot, who'd produced all their previous albums as well. By the time of their next album, Flip Your Wig, they were the most successful act on SST and had the clout to self-produce; that album's more polished sound is probably what they'd intended for New Day Rising as well, which may also be a case of What Could Have Been depending upon whether one feels New Day Rising's more melodic material is suited for its production style (though, since it's still one of their most acclaimed albums, it clearly doesn't bother many people much). Incidentally, by the time Flip Your Wig came around, they'd already signed to Warner Bros., which actually made a bid to release that album too, but Hüsker Dü ultimately decided to give one final album to SST, partially out of loyalty to the label and partially because it had signed a new promotions manager. It wound up being SST's best-selling release to that point.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: A minor case; Bob Mould considers Flip Your Wig the best Hüsker Dü album. Most listeners like it quite a lot, but you're more likely to hear them cite Zen Arcade or New Day Rising as the best.
  • Screwed by the Network: The band cited SST's poor distribution, particularly outside the U.S., as one of the reasons for moving to Warner Bros. In some cases, the band would turn up to in-store appearances only to find that there weren't any copies of their album to sign.
  • What Could Have Been:Of course, with all three members of the band working together in recent years to reissue their back catalogue, there were inevitably whispers of a Hüsker Dü reunion further on down the road. But alas.
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