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In the ’80s, Minneapolis’ Hüsker Dü was a power trio that no commercial radio station would touch. New Day Rising, from 1985, was too loud and abrasive—and it sounds just as vicious today. Still, with Bob Mould and Grant Hart in the lineup, there were always songs. They packed tracks like “New Day Rising”, “I Apologize”, “Books About UFOs” and, above all, “Celebrated Summer” with catchy pop melodies, and they did it without sacrificing a lick of their aggression. These songs bleed.


Formed: 1979 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Hüsker Dü and R.E.M. were the two American post-punk bands of the '80s that changed the direction of rock & roll. R.E.M. became a superstar band; Hüsker Dü never was more than a cult favorite. Nevertheless, their albums between 1981 and 1987 have proven remarkably influential; they provided the sonic blueprint for the roaring punk-pop hybrid that crossed over into the mainstream in the early '90s. Not only did they shape the sound of the music, they shaped the way independent bands made the transition...
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