While The Replacements will always be my go-to Minneapolis rock band, there’s no denying the power and influence of their frequent tour mates and local rivals Hüsker Dü. Their music was at times too “hardcore” for my tastes, but their best songs created the mold for the punk and pop punk bands of today. And today the group’s drummer and co-lead vocalist Grant Hart passed away from cancer.
I’ll admit that I’ve always been more familiar with the songs written and sung by co-lead Bob Mould, but as both the drummer and second vocalist for the group, there is no chance the band could have functioned or had the influence it did without Hart’s contributions. And the songs he contributed were excellent. “The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill” has a raging passion, with vicious guitar playing and Hart’s furious drums erupting in the background.
Rob Sheffield at Rolling Stone wrote a far more informed piece than I ever could here. I can only say I am a longtime fan of the music, and thank Hart for being a part in creating it.