Husker Du was a 1980s punk rock group from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Hüsker Dü first gained notice as a hardcore punk band with thrashing tempos and screamed vocals, but also with a melodic, soulful edge that became more pronounced in the band's mid-career as they drifted away from their early sound, becoming one of the earliest and most influential bands in American alternative rock in the process.
Husker Du was unique in the sense that they broke the often rigid boundaries for hardcore bands during the late 70s and into the 80s. A listen to most of their material reveals a taste for folk, pop and blues as well as punk.
Hüsker Dü was also, however, widely regarded as somewhat unusual-sounding in their early prime, due to the instruments' non-standard tones: Mould's guitar is described below, while Hart's drums were considered 'thumpy' (and he consistently played slightly behind the beat); Norton played bass fairly laconically even at fast tempos, using his fingers rather than a pick. The band's sound can be considered an organic synthesis of these elements -- a unit that was quite powerful in combination, yet perhaps difficult to parse singly.
The group is also notable as one of the first 1980s American underground rock bands to contract with a major record label, a move that blazed the trail for the breakthrough of alternative rock a few years later.
- Land Speed Record (1981)
- Everything Falls Apart (1982)
- Zen Arcade (1984)
- New Day Rising (1985)
- Flip Your Wig (1985)
- Candy Apple Grey (1986)
- Warehouse: Songs and Stories (1987)
- The Living End (1994)
Michael Azerrad, Our Band Could Be Your Life, ISBN 0316787531