March 24, 2012 – 4:28 am

GRANT HART R.I.P. 1961 - 2017

Grant Hart, a drummer and vocalist for Hüsker Dü, the Minnesota rock band, has died on September 14, 2017. He was 56. His death was confirmed by the band’s publicist, Ken Weinstein. The cause of death was (kidney) cancer, Weinstein said. Hüsker Dü was formed by Hart, guitarist Bob Mould and bassist Greg Norton in the late 1970s in St Paul, Minn, and the trio soon became known for high-volume blasts of heart-quickening rock that could not quite disguise the hooks buried beneath the noise. An early member of the hardcore movement, Hüsker Dü was a prolific presence in the 1980s, releasing six albums in fewer than six years. The band’s 1984 double album, “Zen Arcade,” was lauded by The New York Times, which said it was arguably the best record “to have emerged from the hardcore scene.” -

“The tragic news of Grant’s passing was not unexpected to me. My deepest condolences and thoughts to Grant’s family, friends, and fans around the world,” Bob Mould wrote on Facebook. “Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician. Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember.”

According to the wikipedia, Husker Du had dissolved after a show in Columbia, Missouri, on the band’s 1987 tour. Mould had said that the breakup was about “three people going their separate ways,” referring to Hart’s drug use and new relationship, (bassist Greg) Norton’s recent marriage and new business, and Mould having quit a lifelong drinking habit. After Husker Du, Hart was both a solo artiste as well as a member of Nova Mob (1989-1994).

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San Francisco 1981 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, CA; July 24 or 25, 1981. Low-gen FM [or pre-FM] source. Good to very good soundboard.

Nothing like a blistering dose of hardcore to start the weekend…

In his sleeve notes to The Living End, a Husker Du compilation of live tracks, Rolling Stone writer David Fricke wrote: “Just as the Ramones, Patti Smith and the Buzzcocks begat the Huskers, so the Huskers to no small degree begat the Grunge Generation. They are the name to drop, under ’seminal influence,’ in reviews and interviews.” Playing hardcore, speed and thrash when these were not even genre names, along with R.E.M., the Minutemen and the Replacements, Husker Du, with massive feedback and distortion to their sound…, were at the forefront of American indie rock throughout the ’80s.
- Excerpt of write-up on Husker Du’s New Day Rising in BigO’s 100 Top Albums (1975-1995)

Thanks to smokeydiablo who shared the show on the net in 2008 and to NardoFudd for keeping the show alive on Dime.

smokeydiablo wrote: “One of the most intense live shows by ANY band you’ll ever find. Better than the Twin/Tone video, even. Makes the Land Speed Record LP sound like total shit, in terms of sound quality and quality of the performance itself. Best played LOUD! I have no doubt in my mind that everyone who was there this night knew they were witnessing something very special.”

NardoFudd added: “The wonderful Dirk Dirksen is making an introduction and introduces this dorky out-of-town band to an unsuspecting San Fran crowd. Needless to say, Jello Biafra was behind all that.”

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Intro (1.0MB)
Track 02. All Tensed Up (3.4MB)
Track 03. Don’t Try To Call (2.4MB)
Track 04. I’m Not Interested (2.4MB)
Track 05. Sore Eyes (2.6MB)
Track 06. Wheels (3.5MB)
Track 07. Private Hell (4.7MB)
Track 08. Travel In The Opposite Car (3.1MB)
Track 09. Don’t Have A Life (3.6MB)
Track 10. Bricklayer (1.3MB)
Track 11. Tired Of Doing Things (1.5MB)
Track 12. Sexual Economics (2.6MB)
Track 13. Do You Remember? (2.0MB)
Track 14. Ultracore (1.2MB)
Track 15. Let’s Go Die (2.6MB)
Track 16. Data Control (7.9MB)

Grant Hart - drums
Bob Mould - guitar
Greg Norton - bass

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  1. 20 Responses to “HUSKER DU - SAN FRANCISCO 1981”

  2. Lovely Stuff, at this rate we will be back to Pere Ubu. 30 seconds and counting.

    By Creatist on Mar 24, 2012

  3. this looks cool. i’ll get it. thanks.

    perhaps this show isn’t for everybody. if you’re fan of real fast hardcore punk such as the first bad brains record, you will like it. brains would be good to post too. i definitely can use a show. i saw soul brains here in b’ham, al which is the original band. i still have my signed ticket. everybody signed it but darryl jennifer, the bassist. my shirt has grayed up nicely. this was in june 2001 at 5 points south music hall which has since closed and reopened and now closed again.

    well researching the date is tough cause according to this link they played at mabuhay gardens the 24, 25 and 27th. i say put 24 cause that’s what the cassette says.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 24, 2012

  4. ED SAAD…..I always love to read your posts, Ed Saad! You have a true appreciation for history, much as I do! Keep up the excellent work!

    PS: Going to see ALICE this summer? I am going to Charlotte and Craplanta (with MAIDEN) and then gonna go to KNOXVILLE as well!

    July 24th: Kiss and CRUE in SHYTLANTA

    JULY 26th: AEROSMITH and CHEAP TRICK at Philips Arena!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Mar 24, 2012

  5. thanks russian assassin! yes, all that was left was lawn seats for maiden and alice in atlanta, but, me and my brother will be there.

    man, i’ve digging some old aerosmith. i have some really good shows. maybe that tour will come here.

    going to see the cult, jane’s addiction and megadeth in may here in b’ham at the annual shaeffer eye center crawfish boil. it’ll be good.

    kiss and crue here july 31. i hope to be there.

    great to hear from you.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 24, 2012

  6. I remember trying to find something to do one night when my friend Kelly said she’d heard about this band Husker Du that was supposed to be killer. This was 1981 when I first witnessed them in front of approximately 40 people at some dive tavern called Dez’s 400 by Seattle Center. What a blast! People literally bouncing off the walls and chairs flying everywhere. Crazy punk rock days. So much fun back then. Can’t wait to hear this one. Thanks BigO!

    By John Branin on Mar 24, 2012

  7. Hey Ed,

    I will be at MAIDEN-ALICE here.
    Megadeth in May? Damn! I may have to hit that! I saw JANES ADDICTION last week here in Shytlanta…. YAWWNNNN…. they are still living off the glory of the first 3 lps from 21 years ago…. very sad. They try so hard to be shocking and they are a joke!

    The CULT…. hmmm…. saw them many times back in the day…. saw them in late 2010 and they were pretty good…. Ian still thinks he is JIM MORISSON. Ex-White Zombie and Helmet drummer JOHN TEMPESTA is with THE CULT…. he is worth the price of admission alone!


    PS: Ded Leppard and Poison are here in Late June… dont care about that, but LITA FORD is warming up for them!!!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Mar 24, 2012

  8. Thank you for this HUSKER DU show! I saw one of their very last shows in October of 87 in LAWRENCE, KANSAS!

    If you ever have any “X” shows, please post them! BILLY ZOOM is one of my all time favest guitar players!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Mar 24, 2012

  9. I’ll second that request for more X shows! Thanks.

    By Motorvilleboy on Mar 24, 2012

  10. hey russian assassin, there was an x show offered from rosyln, ny last oct from my father’s place 11.12.83. i think, that date is right. it’s pretty good. get it and the gun club show from on broadway in sf, ca. they offered an hr show too. he sings in the bad and soul brains. it’s good, i got it, but i can still use a bad brains show.

    helmet was here last oct, but i didn’t get to go.

    john tempesta played with testament too. i saw testament 3x, back in the day.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 24, 2012

  11. Though I no longer suffer the angst of youth that attracted me to the Huskers back in the day, I still love their crystalline metal pop powerblast.

    Saw them on the Warehouse tour and if you never caught them live you missed one hell of a ride.

    By kingpossum on Mar 24, 2012

  12. ED SAAD - Ditto what THE Russian Assassin said. Your posts are informative and interesting, always enhancing the title you’re posting about. You are the biggest music FAN on this site, and it bothers me when others belittle your enthusiasm. Keep on rockin’…

    PS - I’m going to Springsteen Monday in Boston (my 79th Bruce show!).

    By TDC on Mar 26, 2012

  13. Great stuff !!!!

    By jack bond on Mar 26, 2012

  14. thanks tdc!

    i’ve only seen bruce once, and that was ten years ago come november here in b’ham, al at bjcc arena. it was good, and about the only other bruce show i really want. i have several shows by him in my library, but i haven’t gotten the last few bigo offered. i’m sure they’re good shows, though. i just have plenty bruce, dylan, and neil young shows. i have even more zeppelin shows, but i apparently can still use more their shows. :)i thought i had enough at 40 and now i have 47. i was so happen when i finally found mobile, al 5.13.77 and b’ham, al 5.18.77. those are great shows.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 26, 2012

  15. correction on mobile, al 5.13.73. sorry for the typos. a really great zeppelin show is schaefer music festival, wolman skating rink, central park, nyc, ny 7.29.69. miles davis played at central park on 7.7.69. i found it 3 years ago, and i’ve never seen it since. i got it off some blog called elastic rock. man, that guy posted some of the best avant and fusion boots. i miss that blog.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 26, 2012

  16. wollman skating rink and 7.21.69. now that’s better. it’s out there, if you look for it. i wish bigo could still post zeppelin cause they posted some great shows. the best and my favorite is still the dancing avocado, fillmore west, sf, ca 4.24.69.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 26, 2012

  17. Came over to this post to avoid all the political nonsense being spouted in the Springsteen post. Husker Du was one of the best live bands I ever saw. True punk rock fury. Also very “liberal” lyrics, such as “With all the ways of communicating, We can’t get in touch with who we’re hating” from Zen Arcade’s “Turn On the News”. Appropriate all these years later, right Assasin?

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Mar 27, 2012

  18. Sorry. That should be “Assassin”. PS- Alice is a neighbor of mine in PHX. We shop at the same Costco. Always willing to shake hands or sign an autograph. His annual Christmas Pudding charity shows are not to be missed! Last year’s show featured the original HOF band with Dick Wagner. AMAZING!That would be a good posting for the BigO.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Mar 27, 2012

  19. MAN! this site is addictive. all i do is sit here and down load, down load. thanks for the respect for Mr. Helm, Mr. Yauch, and the Duck of course. truly kind. much respect!

    By Gus on May 16, 2012

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