One of the Greats, Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart, has Passed Away

The first Husker Du album. (Reflex)

The first Husker Du album. (Reflex)

It would appear that Hüsker Dü drummer Grant Hart has passed away.

Hart was a founding member of Hüsker Dü, which formed in 1979 and brought a new appreciation of punk with a tinge of hardcore. The band proved popular, with college towns in particular taking to the band’s melodic style.

Together, the band released six albums: Everything Falls Apart (1983), Zen Arcade (1984), New Day Rising (1985), Flip Your Wig (1985), Candy Apple Grey (1986), Warehouse: Songs and Stories (1987).

Although no word has yet been released, the Hüsker Dü Facebook page seemed to confirm the death.

In his book Our Band Could Be Your Life, journalist Michael Azerrad (author of Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana) said the band was the link between “hardcore” music and what came to be defined as college rock. Nirvana was a big fan of the band, as noted by drummer (and Foo Fighters head honcho) Dave Grohl.

Hüsker Dü split in 1988, due to problems pertaining from Hart’s heroin addiction.

Hart was openly bisexual, but he denied the persistent rumour he was in a relationship with his bandmate Bob Mould.

Hart was in a battle with cancer when he died. He was 56.