Hüsker Dü is Danish for “do you remember?” It’s a question Hüsker Dü fans will be asking themselves often now, with the passing of Hüsker Dü drummer and singer Grant Hart at just 56 years old. Hart had cancer. His bandmate, fellow rock legend Bob Mould, mourned his friend in a long post which, because of Hart’s illness, he’d had lots of sad time to prepare. In a nod to the band’s name, Mould ended his encomium with these words: “Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician. Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember.” (emphasis ours)
Hüsker Dü formed in the late 70s in St. Paul, Minnesota, with Hart as an original member. Hart also had a solo career. Some representative videos of the band’s mature work in the early 80s are “Wheels” and “What Do I Want?”. The main finishing note among Hüsker Dü fans to the question “do you remember?” will probably always be “when Zen Arcade came out?” The seminal punk thrash album was named #33 on Rolling Stone‘s “100 Best Albums of the 1980s” list. Though for some the subject will always be when they first heard “Pink Turns to Blue“, Hart’s saga about a young woman’s tragic addiction and death.