Hot Sounds was a slick, lightweight monthly published by the Toronto
Sun. This was just the third issue. Dunno
how long it lasted. The article below appeared just before the final tour,
and provided publicity for the 13 Oct 1987 RPM show in Toronto.
CONT'D FROM PG 14
that started, it was only a matter of time before every avenue was being explored. So we were hardcore by default, just like we were called speed metal by default.
Very well, thank you. Since their '85 signing to WEA, they've gone from cult status to being one of the biggest draws on the college circuit. Their output is many and varied; Husker Du LPs commonly run between 15 and 20 tracks. They've done 22 tours in four years, and can't seem to get enough. Their energy is legendary. They want it to be all over the place.
"OK, we're the biggest college radio band in four years, this and that. Critics are nuts about the band. But it would be nice to be played on those commercial stations. I'd just like the chance for people to hear the music, let them be the ones to give it the thumbs up or down. We haven't had a hearing yet at that level," sighs Bob.
"I guess we've become an influence," Grant opines. "We get a lot of tapes from bands that sound very similar. But the Midwest guitar sound has a long and rich history. Bands like ourselves, The Replacements, Soul Asylum go back in a pretty direct line to the era of MC5 and The Litter. Guitar bands have always been a big thing in that part of America. That's what we mean by working from our roots. That's the stuff that meant
something when we were growing up."
Earlier this year, Husker Du were brutally shocked by the death of their manager, confidante and 'fourth du', David Savoy. He suffered from manic depression, and literally jumped out of life on the eve of Husker Du's U.K. tour.
"I don't know why he killed himself. David was good at hiding his problems. Once he disappeared for a while, and we thought he was dead then. This time, I don't know what triggered it," admits Bob. "We were all under a lot of pressure, with things moving at a faster rate. But there's always a lot of tension around this band, which is part of what keeps it creative.
"We'e all had to assume a lot of responsibilities that David had taken over, pick up the slack and keep moving. Emotionally, it's brough us closer at a time when people were drifting away a bit. I blamed myself for a while, but I'm over that hump now. You can sympathize but until you've been dealt a card like that you don't know how you'll feel.
LAND SPEED RECORD (New Alliance), '79; ZEN ARCADE (SST), '83; NEW DAY RISING (SST), '85; WAREHOUSE: SONGS AND STORIES (WEA), '87.
Singles: Makes No Sense At All, Eight Miles High, In A Free Land, Everything Falls Apart, Statues.
October 13 at RPM.
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