The Time Joan Rivers Interviewed Husker Du About Selling Out

That headline requires a bit of explanation. When Husker Du first roared out of Minneapolis with their innovative form of melodic hardcore, they recorded for an indie label called SST. But after a few years, the band grew tired of the low royalties, the distribution issues and the constant recording and touring treadmill. So when Warner Brothers made them an offer they couldn’t refuse, Husker Du made the hard decision to sign to a major label. Back in 1986, this was treason of the highest order. They “sold out.”

When the band showed up on Joan Rivers’ short-lived late night show, she asked them about this.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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