Skip to main content

Hüsker Dü co-founder Grant Hart has died

A gifted songwriter, Hart's influence can be seen all over the alt-rock scene.

The brilliant, opinionated, and one-of-a-kind Grant Hart has died. 

One of the original members of St. Paul rock band Hüsker Dü, Hart died early Thursday at the age of 56, Variety reported. He'd been battling cancer.

The Hüsker Dü Facebook page posted a photo of a young Hart with no caption at about 1:25 a.m. CST. And Bob Mould – who along with Hart and Greg Norton created the band in '79 – offered up a heartfelt post about meeting his late friend for the first time.

Toward the end he says the "tragic news" of Hart's death was "not unexpected to me."

Hart, born in South St. Paul, was the outspoken drummer, vocalist and songwriter with Hüsker Dü. The trio released six full albums during the '80s, starting with Everything Falls Apart in 1983.

The A.V. Club credits the following album, Zen Arcade, as being one of the "birthplaces of alt-rock," and a transformative step for Hüsker Dü as the band shifted from hardcore punk to a more mainstream rock sound.

Their run would end before the decade was up. The band's final studio album, Warehouse: Songs and Storieswas released in 1987. And Hüsker Dü broke up the following year.

Tensions between Hart and Mould frequently cited as a reason.

"That was the thing with Hüsker Dü. After writing together for a long time, we started writing separately. We started competing rather than working together," Hart told Spin in 2013 before the release of his solo album, The Argument.

There were also allegations of drug abuse, which Hart said he was "bitter" about having to answer for in the years after the band broke up. A decade later he told The Onion he was "certainly not the biggest drug abuser" of Hüsker Dü.

There was never a celebratory reunion. Hart and Mould played one show together after Hüsker Dü's break-up, The Current notes – a 2005 benefit for Soul Asylum's Karl Mueller.

(There was some communication lately, enough to get a boxed set lined up for release later this year.)

But Hüsker Dü lives on as one of the influential American rock bands of the 1980s, with Hart an integral piece of their success.

"RIP Grant Hart," Ryan Adams tweeted. "Your music saved my life. It was with me the day I left home. It's with me now. Travel safely to the summerlands."

Here's one of Hart's classic compositions from the Hüsker Dü years.

Next Up

Target store

Target's gift card discount is back, but for this weekend only

The fine print: for Target Circle members only (but membership is free).

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Minneapolis teen arrested in St. Cloud after fleeing police in stolen vehicle

The vehicle was stolen in a car-jacking in Minneapolis Thursday.

snow, blowing snow

Winter storm warnings issued with heavy snow set to slam MN

Parts of northern Minnesota could see more than a foot of snow, but there won't be much in the Twin Cities.

D'Angelo Russell

With KAT out, Timberwolves can't upset Nets

D'Angelo Russell stepped up but couldn't overcome Brooklyn's firepower.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Everson Griffen confirms he has bipolar disorder

"I’ve been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore.”

Angela Renee Jones, St. Cloud murder suspect

St. Cloud suspect now charged in two local murder cases

Both murders happened within a day of each other in June.

st anthony 3 crop

Twin Cities police ask for help finding missing 16-year-old

Police say all her family and friends have been contacted, and none of them know where she is.

mpd suspect 12.3.21 - 1 - CROP

MPD releases photos of shooting suspect, asks for public's help

The man is wanted in connection with a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday evening.

redmons popcorn colbert 2

Support grows for Redmon's Popcorn after shop's sudden closure

The county also commented on the situation, saying it hopes to help owner Zack Redmon.

prior lake high school

Prior Lake HS investigating another 'racist' video involving student

The principal said the social media video was reported to them this week.


Ed Sheeran will play U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in 2018

It's one of 15 dates the British singer-songwriter just announced.

Death of Chris Cornell, the voice of Soundgarden and Audioslave, ruled a suicide

Cornell's signature voice helped build the '90s grunge rock scene.

Death of Chris Cornell, the voice of Soundgarden and Audioslave, ruled a suicide

Cornell's signature voice helped build the '90s grunge rock scene.

Evanescence tour twitter

Evanescence adds MN stop to previously announced US tour

The rock band on Tuesday revealed 4 new dates for its upcoming arena tour.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died

The Associated Press is reporting Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56. Jobs abruptly stepped down as CEO of Apple in August. There was speculation then that his health was deteriorating.