Okay... glad I got that off my chest.
Anyway, that Hüsker Dü show changed me. I taped New Day Rising onto a blank cassette when it was played in its entirety by our local college radio station. I had been listening to that tape non-stop for three weeks when I discovered Hüsker Dü was coming to Providence. It's a long story on how a 16-year old kid was able to get the freedom to get to a Hüsker Dü show -- let's just say, I got it done.
I stood right up front, underneath a sweaty Bob Mould and his glorious Flying V, Greg Norton and his handlebar moustache stayed calm, and Grant Hart kept knocking over his high-hat as he powered through song after song on the drums. I followed Hüsker Dü for years after this experience as a rabid fan. And I don't mean any disrespect to the great Bob Mould when I say that Grant Hart was the best songwriter in Hüsker Dü.
Bob Mould is a legend and he's written some great songs, but deep down it's the melody that I respect more than anything, and Grant Hart is a master of the pop hook. Grant's energy and raw power holds its own, even competing with Bob, but it's his melodic prowess that put him ahead of Mould in my book. This is not a popular position to have and that's why I felt this playlist was necessary.
I am not privy to the internal struggles the band encountered, or who was really at fault for the demise of Hüsker Dü, and frankly I don't care -- it's the music that matters to me.
For this playlist I've put together 32 songs credited as soley written by Grant Hart. It includes my favorite Hüsker Dü tracks of all time, as well as some criminally under recognized songs by Nova Mob and from Grant's solo career.
If you're a Hüsker Dü fan let me know if you agree, and if not why. If you're not familiar with Hüsker Dü, or Grant Hart, this list is a great place to start.
The Music of Grant Hart: Hüsker Dü's Greatest Songwriter
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