Grant Hart-Obituary

American rock music of the last 30 years might have looked very different without the influence of the Minneapolis trio Hüsker Dü. Grant Hart, who died of cancer at the age of 56, was the band’s drummer, and also their chief Songwriter, is often closed in a creative tussle with the singer and guitarist Bob Mould.

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The group, a relentless pace between 1982 and 1987, the company is grueling, months-long tours in which they played shows almost every night, and has released six studio albums and a live collection of Land Speed Record (1982). Although your disks will not sprout score high on the mainstream charts, they were a very influential part of a new wave of independent American bands, which was, in the United States. These included fellow Minneapolitans Soul Asylum and the Replacements, and Georgia-based REM, while Boston would pull out the Pixies and the grunge scene centering on Seattle, the inspiration from Hüsker Dü’s music and independent ethics.

Hüsker Dü released on the Land Speed record on the New Alliance label, their first studio album, Everything Falls Apart (1983), on their own Reflex Records, but went high several of course, if you are signed to the prestigious California’s SST Records, formed by Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn. The group moves far beyond your limit hardcore-rock origins with the double concept album Zen Arcade (1984), writing materials, incorporated psychedelia, folk, and rock ‘ N ‘Roll (album ahead of the single release of Hüsker Dü’s sparkling cover of the Byrds” the acid-rock classic,’ Eight Miles High) was gone. Hart wrote or co-wrote 11 of the Zen Arcade, the 23 songs, including the incomparable Pink is Blue, and Turn on the News. Rolling Stone magazine placed the Zen Arcade of 33 in his greatest albums of the 1980s, and with 13 on the list of the 40 greatest punk albums of all time.

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Don’t want to Know If you Are Lonely by Hüsker Dü, written and sung by Grant Hart. YouTube

In the following year, Hart again in fine creative form with New Day Rising, a contribution highlights how The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill books About UFOs. The album reached No 10 on the independent chart in the UK (one place higher than Zen Arcade) to estimate where journalists had the knowledge faster, Hüsker Dü ‘ s qualities as in the United States. Flip your wig (1985) to achieve even better No 1 on the UK indie Charts and the band in March was written to be more wide-spread complaint, in 1986, they signed with Warner Bros., Candy Apple Grey (1986) was the first album for their new corporate partners, and singles from it, Sorry Somehow and don’t Want to Know If you Are Lonely, and sung by Hart. The latter was covered in the Wake of Green Day.

Warehouse: Songs And Stories (1987) proved that Hüsker Dü the last, with the shape-Hard rivalry reached a peak. Hart recalled that mold is explained, the same songwriting split “will never happen in this band”, and, Yes, the album has 20 songs, mould wrote 11 Hard nine. The group acrimoniously in split after a tour to support the album, with Hart’s heroin addiction to be made, although the suicide of the group, the manager, David Savoy, was scheduled to open just before the tour, a crushing blow.

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Pink Turns to Blue by Hüsker Dü, written and sung by Grant Hart, Provinssirock, Finland 1987. YouTube

Hart was St Paul, Minnesota, the youngest of three children born in South. His mother worked in a credit union, and his father was a teacher (it was a “typical American dysfunctional family,” as he put it). When Grant was 10, the oldest brother, Tom, was killed in a car accident. Grant inherited his to learn the drum kit and record collection and began playing the drums and also guitar. He cut his teeth performing a play in bands in high school.

He learned the future Hüsker Dü Bassist Greg Norton, after he took a job at the melody lane record store. He met mould in 1978 while working at Cheapo Records in St. Paul, where mold is a student at nearby Macalester College. “A block from my Dorm, there was a small store called Cheapo Records,” mould wrote on Facebook after Hart’s death. “It was a PA system set up in the vicinity of the front door, blaring punk rock. I went in and ended up hanging out with the only person in the store. His name was Grant Hart.”

After an experimental gig in the local Randolph Inn with mold and some of Hart’s record store pals (they called themselves the Buddy and returnable packaging), the Hüsker Dü trio of Hart, mould and Norton was born. As she worked, until her material in local clubs in Minneapolis, the band were initially heavily influenced by the punk-hardcore-rock from California, but this was not particularly Hard, taste. “It’s no fun for me to play hardcore,” he said later. “It was just such a damn boring job for a drummer.” With his Hippie hairstyle and penchant for playing in his bare feet, Hard, the part of the hardcore rocker saw. The fact that both he and mould were gay helped further to undermine the existing rock ‘ N ‘ Roll-clichés.

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After Hüsker Dü split, Hard the solo EP, 2541 (1988) was published, followed by the album intolerance (1989) and a further EP, All of My senses (1990). At the end of 1989, he founded his own trio, the Nova Mob, the release of the album The Last days of Pompeii (1991) Nova Mob (1994). Hard solo, and the live album “Ecce Homo” (1995), and the Good News for Modern Man (1999) published. Hot Wax followed in 2009, and his last completed album, The Argument (2013), a musical interpretation of a editing of John Milton ‘ s Paradise Lost by the Beat-poet William Burroughs.

In October 2013, the film-maker Gorman Bechard, a film biography of Hart name of Every Everything: The music, the life and times of Grant Hart. At the time of his death, Hart was working on a concept album about Ted Kaczynski, the so-called Unabomber. A collection of early tracks, sessions and live recordings from the early days of Hüsker Dü, ” Wild Boy Dü, is scheduled for release in November.

• Grantz mount Vernon Hart, musician, singer and songwriter, born 18 March 1961; died 14. September 2017