Grant Hart RIP


#1

I never saw Husker Du but I did see Grant Hart solo a number of times. Always great live, and he came across as a nice guy.


#2

Posted this in the other thread.


#3

Ah, I missed that. Pass For Press day here at work means that all the CPMs are rushing around and getting me to fix their fuck ups. Which leaves me less time for dicking about on the internet.

I’m not a huge Husker Du fan, myself. But I liked Grant Hart a lot. Saw him play a bunch times over the past 15 years.


#4

You’re okay! A separate thread is fitting for Grant!

I loved Hüsker Dü, then was delighted when Grant reactivated his solo career with ‘The Argument’. I’ve only barely checked out his solo career before that.

Like I said above, my friends played as his backing band for a year or two and I got to see him perform a few times and he was excellent every time. Saw perform an acoustic set in a record shop here and he took requests from the crowd and it was amazing.


#5

Ah, shit.

Was just listening to the stream of that new Numero boxset the other day and thinking ‘wow, they’ve cleaned up these early recordings real good!’

Love 'em, kinda always preferred Grant’s singing than Bob. Love a singing drummer and he just looks so effortless when he’s doing both. Trawling YouTube for old footage now.


#6

:metal::fire:


#7

so many celebrity deaths these days make me feel nothing, but my heart properly sank hearing this.

I think I really fell in love with Hüsker Dü just after coming back from uni, working a menial job with a train journey, zipping through ‘Our Band Could Be Your Life’.

like, I love all of those bands, and I already loved a few of them before, but in the afterglow of reading it, I felt a deeper appreciation for a few, but notably for Hüsker Dü.

I haven’t really listened to them for a while, but I guess that connection was real. just something about those songs, a real immediate humanity to them. and Grant’s songs were my favourite.


#8

I think it was his voice, more than anything. just something particularly engaging about it.


#9

Properly cut up about this. RIP you beautiful, tender bastard


#10

:frowning: Sad times. Weirdly, I’ve been listening to Husker Du loads recently and dipped back into their chapter in Our Band Could Be Your Life. Love the description of them playing live in that and of Land Speed Record - something about referring to it as barely being music, just a rush of noise and energy.


#11

This is rubbish news. I love Hüsker Dü


#12

Just from that still I can tell that this video has been in my YouTube favourites list for as long as I can remember.

Sad news this. Seems particularly poignant when I’ve been blasting that new compilation all week.

Grant’s first solo album, Intolerance, is one of the great unappreciated records. Will dig it out when I get home.


#13

Been meaning to get into his solo stuff for some time. I’ve had Intolerance lined up on a Deezer queue countless times but never got to it


#14

He was a total legend. Be thankful for the music.
I saw Husker Du on the Candy Apple Grey tour and again at Glastonbury 87. The first show was to a quarter full Powerhouse in Birmingham. I’d only seen a handful of gigs at this point and the no frills show changed my life. This was pre Napalm Death and music agreeably getting too fast. Beneath the buzz and feedback of Husker Du is near peerless Beatles esque melody and talent.
I come back to Husker Du every 5 years or so and am never left cold. Zen Arcade likewise was a life changing album. A few years back I dipped into his latest (solo) album and was staggered at the quality.
Seeing the news today I genuinely got a lump in my throat. A musical mentor and a life mentor too of sorts as in learn from his mistakes. Such a loss. Such an overlooked real artist. I wrote this a few years back for those that may care to read. RIP.


#15

Great, great band.

God bless you fella.


#16

Always found Zen a bit too samey and long (although the songs are short bursts), New Day Rising has always been their pinnacle for me


#17

Had a bit of a wobbly moment listening to ‘Is The Sky The Limit?’ this morning. Fucking great song.


#18

Listening to Zen Arcade on the coach and it’s just so perfect. Candy Apple Grey next for me. Another old blog post for those feeling this.