Hüsker Dü emphasized melody in their songs. Unlike other hardcore bands, Hüsker Dü did not disavow classic rock. “You know the whole deal with tearing down the old to make room for the new?” Hart posited. “Well, music isn’t city planning.”The band covered 1960s hits like Donovan‘s “Sunshine Superman” and the Byrds‘ “Eight Miles High” early in their career. As the band members progressed as musicians, they discovered they were able to play at slower tempos while still maintaining the rhythm, allowing for extended melodies.