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.