Sunday, May 28, 2006

Bob Mould

Where do I start when it comes to my favorite musician of all time?? This is going to be a tough one so I'll just start typing and see where it takes me. This is a man who many people will tell you defined an entire genre of music. Today's song is from Bob Mould's untitled 1996 release that is affecionately referred to as Hubcap. Let's get started.

As many of you know, Bob Mould was most of the driving force behind the early 80's band Hüsker Dü. They were the first hardcore band to sign onto a major record label (Warner Brothers) and are regarded as one of, if not the, key bands that influenced what we now term Alternative Rock. I must have caught on around 1984 when a friend's older brother had Hüsker Dü blasting from his bedroom window while we played touch football in the street. We all wanted to know what it was. It was Zen Arcade.

After Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould set out on his own with his first solo release in 1989. Workbook took a much different direction than his previous work. It's one of my definite favorites. During the early 90's, Mould formed the band Sugar which received far more radio attention. This band offered his sound to those who were just discovering alternative music during its new found popularity.

The late 90's saw more of Mould's solo work and eventual disappearance from the radar. It turns out that Bob had become part of the creative team for WCW pro wrestling!! He was also living in NYC and dabbling in electronica. He had an electric dance release under the name LoudBomb and a hybrid electric/rock album in 2002. He still is part of a live DJ performance series Blowoff in his current home of Washington D.C. with artist Richard Morel. Bob Mould returned for 2005 with Body of Song and the sound plenty of us know and love. He tours quite frequently now and also has a blog to check out. Check my MySpace blog also for a ton of pics from Oct. 2005 in Detroit.

MP3: Thumbtack

Bob Mould's blog

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