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It’s with a heavy heart that we report that Grant Hart, drummer and singer for influential 80s trio Hüsker Dü has died at the age of 56 after a battle with cancer. The news was confirmed early this morning by Hart’s longtime friend and former Hüsker Dü bandmate Bob Mould, who took to Facebook to issue a lengthy, heartfelt statement about Hart’s passing and the journey that took them from a chance meeting in a St. Paul, Minnesota record store to becoming one of the most influential bands to emerge from the 1980s’ punk and alternative scenes.
Born Grantzberg Vernon Hart in 1961, Hart spent the years leading up to the formation of Hüsker Dü (Danish for “Do you remember?”) drumming in makeshift bands until a chance meeting at a local record store brought him together with future Hüsker Dü singer and guitarist Bob Mould and bassist Greg Norton.
Despite their fast, angry early sound reminiscent of bands like DOA and Dead Kennedys, Hüsker Dü emphasized melody as their career progressed, drawing inspiration from classic rock acts as well as the punk and hardcore bands that shaped them early on – resulting in Hart, Mould, and Norton becoming an integral piece of the puzzle that became the alternative and punk landscape of the late eighties and early to mid nineties. Hart’s legacy as 1/3 of one of the most influential bands of the last 40 years is nothing short of absolutely stellar; with bands ranging from Metallica and Foo Fighters to Green Day and Nirvana hailing Hüsker Dü as major influences and Hart’s songwriting a shining example of his powerful ability to tell a story, it’s no surprise that the rock world of the last three decades is tipping its respective hat to Hart today.
Our hearts go out to those who loved Grant Hart, and we thank him for the music and the memories. Rest easy, Grant.