Are Hüsker Dü about to return after almost three decades of silence? Surely not?
The revered trio of Grant Hart, Bob Mould, and Greg Norton have made so much as a peep since splitting in 1988, after less than a decade as Hüsker Dü, following tumultuous personal journeys and the suicide of then-manager David Savoy. During that time together they released six records.
Now, those long-standing personal issues might be fizzling out.
The band's first official website has arrived, marking the first legit activity since 1994's live record The Living End (released long after the group's demise). It's nothing groundbreaking, just a Big Cartel store with six T-shirts on sale, but it could pave the way for a lot more.
Speaking to the Star Tribune, former bassist Norton said it was "just 30 years in the making", also adding that the trio had hired Dennis Pelowski (The Meat Puppets) as their new manager to "help us figure out how to get a foothold back in the business". This is particularly interesting - Pelowski has experience with dealing with SST Records, run by Black Flag founder Greg Ginn, who released many of Hüsker Dü's records.
Apparently, licensing problems for their music have been ironed out, and a Facebook page is set to go live in the near future. More merch is also planned.
All this is very nice, but the burning question is, obviously, are they returning? Norton was coy on this front, perhaps not wanting to get hopes up or rule anything out, but Norton did say: "There are more moving parts than we’d like to deal with, but we’ll see what happens... the main thing is, there’s ongoing communication between the three of us now.”
Does this mean reissues, compilations, and the release of unreleased material? Does it mean even more? Or does it mean sweet F.A.?
Nothing concrete to get excited about, but also nothing concrete to get sad about either. Let's take that as a positive for now. Silver linings 'n' all that.