Bob Mould (vocals/guitar/keyboard), Grant Hart (drums/percussion/keyboards) and Greg Norton (bass) opened up Husker Du in 1978, but it wouldn't be until between 1980 and 1982 that they issued a few 45's, and their live debut LP Land Speed Record (1982) on their own 'New Alliance' label. The record clearly showed the band's early Hardcore style that adhered strictly to the rules dictated by the sub-genre. Everything Falls Apart (1983) was another uncompromising album, Metal Circus, their 1983 debut for SST' showed them consolidating the style. The disc also boasted one of the first crossings of Psychedelia and Hardcore Punk on their cover of The Byrds' Eight Miles High (1984). The follow-up double set, Zen Arcade (1984) was another step in evolution for them and the Hardcore Metal movement, being not only a concept album but, unfortunately, an over-all unfocused feel of the whole affair, but it still wasn't enough to blunt the edges of Whatever and Turn On The News. But adrenaline was the focus on the Hardcore and Pop hybrid that was featured on the follow-up, New Day Rising (1985), that made it a far more satisfying effort.
Flip Your Wig (1985) would be their last indie release and paved the away for 'Warner' to pick them up for the release of Candy Apple Grey (1986). This new album showcased the continued perfection of their melodic discord while also showing dark introspective and acoustic styles. But Husker Du would fall victim the whole unplugged acoustic fad that ran rampant during the mid 1990s, and their more Hardcore fan base made their objections known. Regardless, the album was released to unanimous critical acclaim. The depth, clarity, and consistency they had desired had been achieved with their last album, Warehouse: Songs And Stories (1987). By the time of the album's release, tension in the band had now gone beyond the breaking point and Husker Du disbanded in 1987; Grant Hart and Bob Mould went on to solo careers, then formed Nova Mob and Sugar respectively, but they were never as good apart as together, leaving Husker Du as a highly influential band a memory and an influence to the future generation.