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Grant Hart, Bob Mould and Greg Norton didn’t necessarily intend to create one of the fastest bands of their time when they formed Hüsker Dü in 1979, but not everything that happens is intentional. The group formed in the aftermath of the first punk rock movement that sparked the Ramones and the Sex Pistols. Mould and Hart met when they both applied for the same record store job in Minneapolis. Hart got the job, but the two became friends. The first incarnation of the band included a keyboard player, but he didn’t last through the first show. After establishing themselves in the Minneapolis music scene, Hüsker Dü hit the road, eventually meeting other like-minded bands, like Black Flag and the Minutemen. Their first two records, ‘Land Speed Record’ and ‘Everything Falls Apart’ set them up to become hardcore punk icons and also set the stage for ‘Metal Circus.’ This new album broadened the band’s sound into the pop music spectrum and subsequently gained the attention of college radio stations across the country. With each release thereafter, Hüsker Dü continued to expand their sonic horizons into more pop and rock and roll territories. Eventually, they signed to Warner Bros. and released two more albums, ‘Candy Apple Grey’ and ‘Warehouse: Songs and Stories.’ By then, though, tension between Hart and Mould had become irreconcilable. The trio split soon after the suicide of their manager and friend David Savoy. Since then, Hart and Mould have both continued solo careers.

Ryan Adams Joins Bob Mould Onstage to Perform Husker Du Songs in New York City

Bob Mould and Ryan Adams
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At last night's show in New York City, Bob Mould invited Ryan Adams to the stage for a four-song encore, packed with Husker Du classics.

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Bob Mould Says Husker Du Probably Won’t Ever Reunite

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Watch Joan Rivers Interview Husker Du in 1987

Husker Du and Joan Rivers
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As the world mourns the loss of one of the greatest comedic talents of all time, we celebrate the life of Joan Rivers by looking back on her willingness to embrace the one and only, Husker Du.

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Watch Bob Mould Perform With Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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ABC

Former Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould may not be one of the most instantly recognizable men in rock, but luckily he brought one along for his performance last night on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'

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Husker Du’s ‘Zen Arcade’: 30 Years Later

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Warner Bros. Records

Was there ever a better year for music than 1984?

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10 Best Husker Du Songs

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Warner Bros. Records

In the annals of '80s American punk rock, Husker Du remain something of a mind-boggling phenomenon. These three Midwestern everymen tried on every hat in the underground department -- from art rock to blinding hardcore -- and after falling into their own singular sound, they somehow caught the attention of the major labels in a pre-Nirvana world.

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Husker Du Rarities Getting Record Store Day Release

Husker Du
Warner Bros. Records

Four early Husker Du rarities are getting the reissue treatment as part of a double 7-inch set that's due out on Record Store Day 2013. The band's first-ever single, 1981's 'Amusement,' will be released on April 20 at participating record stores with the B-side 'Statues,' packaged together with an additional 7-inch featuring the tunes 'Writer's Cramp' and 'Let's Go Die.'

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New Documentary About Grant Hart Of Husker Du Announced

Grant Hart
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The life of Grant Hart, drummer/vocalist for the legendary Minneapolis punk band Husker Du, will be the subject of 'Every Everything,' a new documentary from What Were We Thinking Films. Gorman Bechard, the film's creative force, has begun a Kickstarter campaign in the hopes of raising $20,000 by May 4.

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