Earlier in 2017, the world lost Husker Du founding member Grant Hart. Along with guitarist vocalist Bob Mould, Hart arguably had the greatest influence on forming a sound the 90s would label “alternative rock”. Hart’s passing has seemingly allowed a lot of people – Real Gone included – to immerse themselves in the Huskers catalogue, and while the loss of Hart is immeasurable, the release of a Husker Du box set of rarities is something to celebrate.
Following Husker Du, various circumstances meant that Hart’s career took a very sporadic approach, but the following “in the studio” live performance and interview gives a good insight into the man, warts and all. As one of alternative rock’s true pioneers, he will be missed forever.
Over the past two and a half decades, Mould’s career has gone from strength to strength, both solo and with alt-rock giants Sugar. Never a man to just rely on past glories, his 2012 album ‘Silver Age’ has moments that are as strong as any from a long career and his 2016 album ‘Patch The Sky’ (his eleventh solo release) was well received by both fans and critics.
Here are a couple of superb pro-shot performances from the man, the legend. The first is from KEXP and is with full band promoting ‘Silver Age’. The second, from 2016, is part of a run of abrasive “solo electric” shows. Enjoy!