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Bob Mould

Guitarist/singer/songwriter Bob Mould was initially a member of Hüsker Dü, one of the most influential American bands of the '80s. Hüsker Dü was a post-hardcore punk band that helped define the sound and ideals of alternative rock. After Hüsker Dü broke up, Mould signed a solo contract with Virgin Records in 1988. The following year he released his first solo album, Workbook, which represented a major shift in sonic direction. Workbook was an introspective collection, featuring keyboards, acoustic guitars, and even strings. The album received excellent reviews and spent 14 weeks on the charts, peaking at 127; "See a Little Light" became a Top Ten modern rock hit. Mould returned to loud, guitar-driven rock on his second solo album, 1990's Black Sheets of Rain. Featuring the Top Ten modern rock hit "It's Too Late," Black Sheets of Rain received mixed reviews.

Frustrated with the business operations of major record labels, Mould left Virgin after the release of Black Sheets of Rain; they would later release a compilation of the two albums, Poison Years. Mould then formed an independent record company, SOL (Singles Only Label), which released 45s from new, developing bands as well as cult bands. In 1992, he formed a new trio, Sugar, with bassist David Barbe and drummer Malcolm Travis; the band signed with Rykodisc in the U.S. and Creation in the U.K. Sugar's first album, Copper Blue, was released in the fall of 1992 to enthusiastic reviews and became Mould's most successful project to date. Copper Blue nearly went gold and spawned several alternative radio and MTV hits, including "Helpless" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind." In the spring of 1993, Sugar released the mini-LP Beaster, a more abrasive collection than Copper Blue that was recorded at the same sessions. Around the time of the release of Beaster, Mould was forced out of the closet by various gay publications, with hopes that he would embrace their political cause; he rejected their requests.

Mould wrote the material for the second Sugar album during 1993. The band began recording in the spring of 1994, but the sessions ground to a halt and the tapes were erased. Mould decided to give the album one more try, and it was recorded quickly late that spring. The album, File Under: Easy Listening, appeared in the fall of 1994. Although it received good reviews and was moderately successful commercially, it didn't match the performance of Copper Blue. In the spring of 1995, it was announced that Sugar was on hiatus. Besides, a collection of rarities and B-sides, was released that summer. By the fall, Mould had broken up the band and begun to work on a third album entirely by himself. Mould played all of the instruments on his self-titled third album, which was released in the spring of 1996. The Last Dog and Pony Show followed in 1998. In 2002, after a long period of musical inactivity, Mould returned with the electronics-heavy Modulate, followed by the more conventional Body of Song in 2005. After Blowoff, a dance project with Richard Morel, Mould returned to his guitar roots and paired up with Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty to record District Line in 2008.

Mould inched back to alt-rock on 2009's Life and Times, then devoted himself to writing his autobiography with the assistance of Michael Azerrad. See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody was published in the summer of 2011. The following year, Mould returned to the sound of Sugar, playing the band's 1992 debut in its entirety while on tour, reissuing the band's catalog as deluxe editions, and, finally, reviving its sound on Silver Age, his first album for Merge Records. Silver Age was greeted by strong reviews, as was its 2014 successor, Beauty & Ruin, which also appeared on Merge. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

One of the most amazing albums ever made. Every song is good.
There's always been plenty of great music and artists-- you just have to make the effort to find it, inst
falch6
Grew up in Minneapolis, saw Husker Du in the late 80's when most music sucked!! Thank You Bob for real music!!
nicko252008
Wow, this is what MUSIC sounds like! Rock on BOB!!
danzigirwin
Wow, some Bob Mould haters in the crowd. ILIKE HIM. A lot.
kkblue
Check out Kickstarter, See a Little Light.
Hey Pandora -- fix the album cover on this one!!
The song 'Star Machine' sounds like a KISS song.
t_biagi
Santa, don't forget the Foo Fighters. At least they honor him on their new album
wenberep
I agree cormac, this guy is the shite indeed.
I saw this guy playing a live solo set recently - complete and utter shite.
Bob should have went after Blink182, Eve6, and Sum 41, etc. for stealing his sound. If the world was a fair place he would be twice as successful/r e w a r d e d as any of those bands. It seems a crime that the music press/media does not expose him to more ears, just because he is "out". It is definitely not because of lack of talent. Totally not fair.
aaron8496
respect to bob mould definitely.. . . h u s k e r du is top ten
Unreal how great Bob is,just wish he still played with Sugar.They were the best show Ive ever been to.
stevedopp
seen bob many times. have listened to these above albums many times. even got a back rub after one show.
Thanks for sharing, Bob! Beautiful stuff you have created.
If he wasn't gay....wait a second - he makes brilliant music!!! Sheesh...
sharonlivera n t
you stink
Solid Stuff. Brilliant songwriting AND some of this most creative yet talented musicianship I've heard in a long long time!
It kind of sucks that we have to look back to music that originated before this millenium began to find music that is good. Great musician, good music, I just wish new groups would actually put out decent music half this good.

Cheers
husker_dood
bob's poopy diapers have more to offer this world than most musicians.
allrdytolive
Bob mould is a god! Tho it is sad one year i went to one of his shows in madison and when he was done with his act i was stuned to see him out back of luthers blues he was just packing up all his stuff. The man looked like he had just lost everything I asked if he needed some help but he declined I wanted to stick around but It seemed like I would have just bothered him. A genius, a god, and a modest man but it all means nothing when you are still humman. Very depressing thought.
billhuffman
Mould is a music god. I often gravitated to his tunes from the Husker Du days, but "See a Little Light" and "Wishing Well" drew me in to his stellar solo debut. In 1991, I found out that he was playing an acoustic set as the opener for Ultra Vivid Scene on tour. Of course, I found out the day after he played Boston (near where I was). I later made up for it by going to a Sugar concert, which was amazing. Mould is best when he's angry (e.g., Black Sheets and the self-titled) , but even his least p
onearmedjesu s
Workbook changed my mind as to what is possible with a 12-string. Thank you Uncle John.
:o his last name is mould!!! haha i love it. husker du was an awesome band.
Z1 Pandora sold me this song. Workbook 1989. Song named Sunspots.
Z1

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