Monday, 19 October 2009


A friend of mine commented the other day on what a joy it had been to hear Husker Du in the car while being given a lift to work. This is the second time in a few days that I have been led to Bob Mould (Husker Du were Bob Mould, Grant Hart and Greg Norton) as this morning I ended up looking at the Anti record label store to find out how much the new Swell Season album was, and discovered that Bob Mould is on the same label.

Husker Du, formed in about 1979 in Minneapolis and managed to release 8 albums in about as many years, before splitting up fairly acrimoniously. The thing for me that set them apart from other similar bands was their songwriting (split fairly evenly between Mould and Hart) and a more melodic approach to post punk. It's no surprise that they are lauded for their influence on the so-called alternative rock scene.

Bob (I can't bring myself to call him just Mould, or Mr. Mould) went on to make several solo albums, that range from I-Want-My-Money-Back to the pure brilliance of 1989's Workbook. He went on to form the band Sugar, who provided the soundtrack (Copper Blue album) for most of the washing up (a lot of Linda McCartney pies I remember) I did in 1992 as it was one of the few tapes my ancient machine didn't want to chew.

So, Bob's back, in fact it was me that went away, not him. There's a new release called Life and Times, which isn't the Best Of that it sounds like. With such a long title it really should be an American Music Club song, but it isn't, so here's Bob with I'm Sorry Baby But You Can't Stand in my Light Anymore.

1 comment:

  1. I feel Mould is where musically, we meet, he was a dark old bastard at times, Black Sheets of Rain springs to mind. He was and I suspect is though a genius of the highest order. Like you it was I that left him, sometime after Beaster, but as for Husker Du, I am tempted to say that something by them gets played at least once a month.
    Tellingly with the odd exception my favourite Husker Du songs all appear to be penned by Hart, notable exception is Hardly Getting Over It.