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After the less-than-friendly break-up of Hüsker Dü, both Grant Hart and Bob Mould released solo work which was considerably different than their work together. Hart's 1989 effort, Intolerance, is a sweeping carnivalesque work that is a logical extension of his work with Hüsker Dü. The Last Days of Pompeii still sounds like Hart, but it is a larger work — a narrative of sorts with allusions to Pompeii and Nazi Germany. The story flows well, and almost everything on the album borders on brilliance. The bright rockers "Admiral of the Sea," "Wernher Von Braun," and "Over My Head," are the best work this band has ever done to date. The album is not without its experimental side, however; "Space Jazz" a spiraling, noisy, spoken-word track, is a strange break from the narrative, but it flows well into the poppy "Where You Gonna Land." This record is an important addition to the collection of any Hüsker Dü fan.


Formed: 1989

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Formed in 1989, Nova Mob was centered around former Hüsker Dü drummer, vocalist, and songwriter Grant Hart. Having left the drums behind to be a guitar-playing vocalist/songwriter, Hart teamed up with bassist Tom Merkl and drummer Michael Crego and released their first offering in 1991, a preview of the subsequent full-length, an EP entitled Admiral of the Sea on Rough Trade. The full-length, a complex and multi-layered rock opera (of sorts) called The Last Days of Pompeii, followed that same year....
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