In complete contrast with the last Room Temperature posting (the soft, textural work of Louigi Verona), for the past few days I’ve been having a blast. A Bob Mould blast.
For those who like a wall of driving post-punk/alternative rock guitar, but with some nifty tunes contained therein, Bob Mould is a legend. An icon. Without him and his seminal punk bad Hüsker Dü, the likes of Nirvana and The Pixies might never have existed. Their debt to him has been acknowledged many times over.
Hüsker Dü ploughed their punk furrow from 1979 to 1988, after which Bob embarked on a solo career, releasing (I think) more than a dozen albums. A few of these were with a band that went under the moniker Sugar, which is where my attention has been this week. Reliving my past. Nothing wrong with that… In fact, I had the pleasure of seeing Sugar perform in, er, [cough…] 199something, and the memory of that has never gone away. Like I say, a blast.
If you can create your art with loud guitar music playing in the background, or you simply want to give your ears some punishment while doing, well, other things, check out Sugar’s two albums, Copper Blue and File Under: Easy Listening, plus the EP Beaster.
Of course, there is a feast of other Bob Mould solo material to dine on as well (Workbook from 1989 is a gem, plus I’ve now started getting into 2012’s Silver Age), and, if you’re interested in finding out more about him, there’s a great interview on comedian Marc Maron’s podcast WTF here, episode 524.
And of course there’s the website at www.bobmould.com
What have you been listening to as you get creative? I’m always on the lookout for new sounds, which, as I’m sure you’re aware, doesn’t actually make grammatical sense.