from: Candy Apple Grey (1986)
Largely recorded at the end of the year in which they released both New Day Rising and Flip Your Wig, Candy Apple Grey is the Hüskers’ shortest album since 1982’s Everything Falls Apart. It’s also the first of their albums that was distributed by a major company (Warner). At the time, they were one of the first indie bands to sign with a major label (bands like Sonic Youth, for instance, would do this 5 years later), so the album was anxiously anticipated by the band’s fan base, who were prepared for the worst thing imaginable. However, the result was far from a sell-out, but sounded like a logical evolution instead. Candy Apple Grey sounds very much like the previous album and contains only 10 songs (37 minutes), so the band apparently understood that some filler tracks had marred their previous albums, and weren’t intending to make the same mistake. (excerpt: guypetersreviews.com/huskerdu.php)
Hüsker Dü first gained notice as a hardcore punk band with thrashing tempos and screamed vocals. The band developed a more melodic musical style as they drifted away from their early sound, helping to develop the alternative rock sound in the process. Mould and Hart split the songwriting and singing duties; Mould's lyrics were known for being more soul-searching and intense than the often whimsical and cryptic ones of Hart.
Following a series of albums on independent label SST Records, including Zen Arcade (1984) and New Day Rising (1985), the band signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1986. Hüsker Dü broke up in 1987 without having achieved a popular breakthrough, but they influenced later pop punk and alternative rock bands. (excerpt: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hüsker_Dü)