GRANT HART R.I.P. 1961 - 2017

September 15, 2017 – 8:42 am


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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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St Paul 2000 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Turf Club, Saint Paul, MN; January 28, 2000. Fairly to very good soundboard-audience matrix.

Thanks to recorder The Unruly One; original uploader Seat38; and to procella for keeping the show alive at Dime.

Seat38 noted:

I was sitting at the soundboard for this show. This tape was handed to me by the soundman immediately after the show. This was Grant’s first appearance with a band in support of the “Good News for the Modern Man” album. It was also Grant’s first appearance at the Turf with a band (Nova Mob never played there). Sadly, this band did not last very long and Grant went back to the solo electric guitar. A great show!

Click here for Husker Du in San Francisco 1981.

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Picture by Martyn Goodacre, posted at - Thanks!

Soundboard with Aud Mic Matrix connected to board > 1st gen analog tape
Transfer: Tascam CC-222 > Audacity > Traders Little Helper

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Disc 1
Track 101. Seka Knows 3:22
Track 102. Rock Island Line 1:37
Track 103. Evergreen Memorial Drive 6:34
Track 104. The Main 3:18
Track 105. Remains To Be Seen 3:19
Track 106. Back From Somewhere 2:31
Track 107. 2541 4:23
Track 108. Letter From Anne Marie 4:40
Track 109. Think It Over Now 3:19
Track 110. Little Miss Information 3:49
Track 111. You Dont Have To Tell Me Now 3:38
Track 112. Woton 5:24
46 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Old Empire 3:28
Track 202. Diane 5:08
Track 203. Puzzles 5:16
Track 204. Shes A Woman (And Now He Is A Man) 3:36
Track 205. Pink Turns To Blue 2:36
Track 206. She Floated Away 3:54
Track 207. The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill 2:48
Track 208. Come Come 4:11
Track 209. Admiral Of The Sea 2:36
Track 210. 2541/Surfer Joe 8:02
Track 211. Shoot Your Way To Freedom 3:25
Track 212. Please Dont Ask (cut) 1:52
47 mins

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  1. 31 Responses to “GRANT HART R.I.P. 1961 - 2017”

  2. RIP grant hart! Thanks big o, husker were a huge part of my teenage years..

    By Crommie on Sep 16, 2017

  3. Never heard of this Bozo . Probably for good reason . No talent .

    By Smashmouth on Sep 16, 2017

  4. Haven’t really heard of this person . Like so many talented modern musical artists today , they get cast aside by the mainstream media in favor of the no talent Taylor Swifts , Miley Cyrus’s Beibers and the like . I’ll definitely give this a listen . Have discovered many talented but sadly obscure musicians right here on this blog. R.I.P. 56 is way to young to go

    By Bill on Sep 16, 2017

  5. Also R.I.P Harry Dean Stanton, he passed away yesterday at 91

    By Bill on Sep 16, 2017

  6. I don’t often comment butSmashmouth, your comment made me laugh out loud - what a complete prick!!

    By ABC123 on Sep 16, 2017

  7. Thanks big o this sounds great! RIP grant, that’s why I initially was drawn to bands like husker-dickheads like shitmouth didn’t know who they were and wouldn’t get understand it even if they did. Bill-new name, same sermon and always with a list, great job.

    By drexxal on Sep 17, 2017

  8. Another classy move by Big O! Thanks for this post. Grant was a natural talent and a true artist as he kept at it no matter what! Bill above check out the Husker Du catalog. That was an awesome band that was original and had something to say. I saw them at the Opheum in Boston with the Feelies and Christmas. Great Show! We pray for the repose of the soul of Grant Hart!

    By odieboy on Sep 17, 2017

  9. That guy cannot sing a note . His voice sounds like finger nails on a chalkboard. The band itself sounds like rejects from a high school garage band who were told to get lost only to form their own band . Last but not least I seem to be the only person commenting with a normal sized brain . Where are the intelligent people here ? Their musical tastes are infantile and the collective IQ is about .25

    By Smashmouth on Sep 17, 2017

  10. No intelligent people here care about your comments Smashmouth…

    By zak on Sep 17, 2017

  11. Agreed! This idiot should just shut up. Nobody asked you and if you dont like it then go somewhere else

    By Walt on Sep 18, 2017

  12. wow, this guy sounds like one of the drunks at a karoke bar.

    By Tom Klein on Sep 18, 2017

  13. Thanks Big-O. Another gut punch. “That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me” just may be my favorite lyric ever.

    By Bob on Sep 18, 2017

  14. Leave it to guys who talk big in comments to have never heard of grant (or HUSKER DU)
    Never heard of these commenters myself or the great music they have presumably brought to the world.
    Read around bros and you may learn something. Maybe even that artists you actually like owe much to the music of grant hart and his partners in husker du : bob mould and greg norton.
    Ahead of their time, they paved the way for groups who would ultimately get play on commercial radio, headline arenas.
    RIP grant hart. You are missed already.

    By mikeL on Sep 21, 2017

  15. Btw big-o: thanks for posting this one - never seen this one. By my first grant solo show in 2001 he was indeed solo.

    By mikeL on Sep 21, 2017

  16. I am saddened by his passing. He was the Peter Criss of punk!! Fantastic drummer.
    “59 times the Pain” What a loss!!
    “I’m Never Talking to you Again”. These songs have been in my head since the 80s!
    RIP and thanks for what you left us!

    By Ren on Sep 21, 2017

  17. Wait, what did ’smashmouth” say? NO TALENT. Piss off you idiot! I’m not even gonna go any further. Just send me your drumming discography and I’ll give it a listen. Don’t forget to include songs that you sang on since 1980.

    By Ren on Sep 21, 2017


    A brilliant and very touching read from jersey city.

    By mikeL on Sep 21, 2017

  19. ^^ correction, from minneapolis.

    By mikeL on Sep 21, 2017

  20. With all due respect to the dead Tom Klein and Smashmouth are right on . Lack of talent for sure , and he and that band do sound drunk and like Karaoke . I suppose people get upset when the truth is stated !

    By Jerry Thompson on Sep 21, 2017

  21. JT: your know-nothing pronouncements are of no consequence here.

    By mikeL on Sep 21, 2017

  22. look, I’m sorry that this fellow died. yes, it would be good to have a sympathetic perspective on his musical talents given that he recently passed. even though he was not widely known, yes, I’m certain he had a core following of avid fans. but sorry, his voice at least on this set of recordings is just not good.

    By Tom Klein on Sep 21, 2017

  23. Criticizing this fellow sounds like it used to be when groups like Kiss were lambasted by the critics back in the day , The Kiss fanatics would go off and be livid and defensive. How dare you say anything bad about our heros . This guy is just not that good . There is a reason he never hit the big time .

    By Jerry Thompson on Sep 21, 2017

  24. I never fucked this guy nor would I ever !!! . I had very high standards, I only fucked famous singers , musicians, actors and other celebrities preferably with big cocks . This guy seems like a real loser and probably had a small cock also

    By Bebe Buell on Sep 21, 2017

  25. Ouch Bebe girl , no need to be so cruel .

    By Ule on Sep 21, 2017

  26. When one makes stupid judgements on the work of an artist they apparently never heard of - ‘no talent’ (you funny. and what rock have you been living under?) and based soley on hearing one fan-recorded mp3 rip - as though that recording represents an artist’s entire body of work - it just makes the self-appointed critic look like he didn’t do the least bit of his homework. HUSKER DU *broke up* 30 years ago and you NEVER came across them? In this digital age no less.

    More quality writing on grant from some small rag from some other, little country.


    By mikeL on Sep 22, 2017

  27. When it comes to music everyone has their tastes , what is junk to certain people is great to others . I happen to like John Denver and Olivia Newton John in the seventies, but they had their critics. Many said they were vanilla and cheesy, but sorry many of us liked them . There is no music that appeals to everyone.

    By Oliver on Sep 22, 2017

  28. mikeL , your man crush on this dude is obvious. Too bad he’s dead I’m sure you’d love to suck his cock .

    By Ule on Sep 22, 2017

  29. Why is this person getting all this attention. Honestly I never heard of him or any of the bands he played in . If this performance is a good example of his body of work , I’ll pass .He dosnt seem like anything unique.

    By Jeremy on Sep 22, 2017

  30. funny. i’m talking music and all Ule sees is cocks. doesn’t realize he’s giving himself away
    methinks he needs to get himself some.

    links are provided for some background on the artist.

    i’ll agree the performance recorded is nothing special in itself for the casual listener. that band didn’t last for very long and for the next17 years grant mostly performed solo.

    nonetheless for those of us who followed HUSKER DU’s and grant’s careers it’s an appreciated piece of history - thanks Big-O. and thanks for that early HUSKER show too!

    By mikeL on Sep 22, 2017

  31. Listen to The Clash , early blondie , the ramones , S Pistols if you like great punk . I’m not a fan of punk but there’s no denying those bands influence. Never heard of this husker du or whatever they called themselves.

    By Jerry Thompson on Sep 22, 2017

  32. Also the police were great punk early on before they got more commercial.

    By Jerry Thompson on Sep 22, 2017

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