Room temperature: what’s playing in the nest

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

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.

GWCY for web SMALL


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  1. #1 by Ben on November 11, 2014 - 10:24 pm

    Copper Blue! A gem. I’m digging it out tomorrow.

    Always interesting to hear about the “writing music” that people opt for. My choice depends on the time of day. I’m at my most productive in the mornings, and immersive albums in the Mogwai/ Kraftwerk/ Underworld mould always seem to get the words flowing. I’m pleasantly surprised by the new Pink Floyd album too – far more my cup of tea than I’d expected. Hardly any vocals.

    Afternoons, for whatever reason, I tend to turn BBC 6 Music on. Maybe the idea that it represents company?

    • #2 by David Powning on November 11, 2014 - 11:07 pm

      Interesting. I could see that Mogwai would work for me – I think I’ll be digging out Mr Beast tomorrow. Good call.

      As for radio, you’re probably right about the human contact thing, but I find it utterly and completely impossible to have it on in the background when I’m trying to work. Even a fine station such as BBC 6 Music. As soon as someone speaks I’m distracted, the spell broken. It’s very annoying actually, I feel like I’m missing out.

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