Grant Hart, drummer and co-lead singer of American alternative legends Hüsker Dü, has died of kidney cancer at the age of 56.

Having started drumming at age 10 with an inherited drumkit, Hart first met future collaborator Bob Mould when working at a record store – and supplying him with pot.

The two soon struck up a friendship that led to the formation of Hüsker Dü in 1979. Releasing their first single, Statues, in 1981, the band had a hardcore edge, but with a melodic pop sense. 1983 saw the release of the Metal Circus EP, which garnered attention from college radio stations. The Hüsker Dü journey had begun in earnest.

Critical acclaim came with the debut album, 1984’s Zen Arcade. Despite growing tensions between songwriters Hart and Mould, they followed it up the next year with Flip Your Wig.

Amidst the usual accusations of selling out, Hüsker Dü signed with Warner Bros in 1986, and their major label debut, Candy Apple Grey was received well. A double-album follow-up, Warehouse: Songs and Stories, followed 10 months later, however tensions grew too much and they split acrimoniously soon after.

Hart soon began releasing solo records, with the EP 2541 leading the charge in early 1988. He went on to release another EP and an album, before forming Nova Mob. They recorded two albums together.

By 1995 Hart was going solo again, with several albums culminating in his last, 2013’s double set The Argument, which was based on John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost.

Despite their clashes over the years, Hart and Mould still respected each other’s works. Mould posted to Facebook soon after hearing the news of his former writing partner’s death.

It was the Fall of 1978. I was attending Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. One block from my dormitory was a…

Posted by Bob Mould on Thursday, 14 September 2017

 

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