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Bob Mould

Bob Mould
Bob Mould at McCarren Park Pool, July 2007.
Background information
Birth name Robert Arthur Mould
Born (1960-10-16) October 16, 1960
Origin Malone, New York, United States
Genres Alternative rock, hardcore punk, punk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, singer-songwriter, dramatist, disc jockey
Instruments Guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass, percussion
Years active 1979–present
Labels Creation, Granary Music, Full Frequency, New Alliance, Reflex, Restless, Rhino, Rough Trade, Rykodisc, SOL, SST, Virgin, Warner Bros., Yep Roc
Associated acts Blowoff, Hüsker Dü, Loud Bomb, Sugar, Deep Dish, Foo Fighters
Website .com.bobmouldwww
Notable instruments
Ibanez Flying V (Hüsker Dü), Fender Stratocaster (solo)

Robert Arthur "Bob" Mould (born October 16, 1960) is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s.

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • Musical career 2
    • Hüsker Dü 2.1
    • First solo period (1988–1991) 2.2
    • Sugar (1992–1995) 2.3
    • Second solo period (1996–present) 2.4
  • Collaborations 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Pop culture 5
  • Discography 6
  • Bands produced 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early years

Born in Malone, New York,[1] Mould lived in several places, including the Minneapolis-St. Paul area where he then attended Macalester College.[2] There, he formed Hüsker Dü in the late 1970s, with drummer/singer Grant Hart and bass guitarist Greg Norton.[3]

Musical career

Hüsker Dü

Forming in 1979, Hüsker Dü first gained notice as a punk rock group with a series of recordings on the independent label SST Records.[4] In 1986, they signed with a major record label (Warner Bros. Records), but found only modest commercial success.[5] However, they were later often cited as one of the key influences on 1990s alternative rock, including bands such as Nirvana[6] and the Pixies.[7]

In the late 1980s, Hüsker Dü broke up acrimoniously amid members' drug abuse, personal problems, disputes over songwriting credits, musical direction, and the suicide of the band's manager, David Savoy.[8][9][10] Mould and Grant Hart, the band's other songwriter and vocalist, still take occasional jabs at each other in the press, though the two briefly revisited their Hüsker Dü back catalog together at a 2004 benefit concert for an ailing friend, the late Karl Mueller of Soul Asylum.[8]

First solo period (1988–1991)

After Hüsker Dü broke up in 1988, Mould sequestered himself in a remote farmhouse in Pine City, Minnesota,[11] having quit drinking and drugs, and wrote the songs that would make up his first solo album.[12] Signing to the newly formed Virgin Records America label, 1989's Workbook eschewed Mould's trademark wall-of-noise guitar for a lighter, more atmospheric sound featuring clean electric guitars and cellos. Drummer Anton Fier (of The Feelies and later The Golden Palominos) and bassist Tony Maimone (of Pere Ubu) served as Mould's rhythm section. The album peaked at number 127 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the single "See a Little Light" reached number 4 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[13]

1990's Black Sheets of Rain had a much heavier guitar sound, recalling Hüsker Dü's louder, angrier moments. According to the liner notes for the 2012 re-release of Sugar's Copper Blue, Creation Records president Alan McGee verified that total album sales were 7,000 copies.[14] Still, the album peaked at number 123 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the single "It's Too Late" reached number 10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[15]

Mould also co-founded a record label, Singles Only Label, with Coyote Records label founder Steve Fallon. The label released singles from bands such as Daniel Johnston, Grant Lee Buffalo, Moby, Mojo Nixon, Morphine, Nikki Sudden, and R. Stevie Moore from 1989–1994.[16][17]

Sugar (1992–1995)

Mould then formed the group Sugar, with bassist David Barbe and drummer Malcolm Travis. Along with extensive touring, Sugar released two albums, an EP and a B-sides collection before breaking up. 1992's Copper Blue was named as NME's 1992 Album of the Year, and was Mould's most successful commercial album, selling nearly 300,000 copies.[18]

While in the band Sugar, in 1993 he contributed the track "Can't Fight It" as a solo artist to the AIDS Benefit Album

  • The Quietus 21/02/14Interview with
  • The Onion A.V. ClubInterview with
  • Figure 8 Interview with Bob Mould 19/05/13
  • Official Bob Mould Granary Music artist page
  • Wishing Well: A Small Web Site About the Music of Bob Mould
  • Paul Hilcoff's Hüsker Dü Database
  • Bob Mould Soundcheck (3:16) published on the Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine @ Ubuweb

External links

  1. ^ Matt Morello (June 15, 2011). "'"Bob Mould Looks Inward, Shines 'A Little Light.  
  2. ^ Jim Walsh (Fall 2010). "Music Makers".  
  3. ^ Chris Roberts (June 14, 2011). "'"Bob Mould looks back on Hüsker Dü with 'rage and melody. Minnesota Public Radio. 
  4. ^ Dave Lang (July 1998). "The SST Records story – Part 1". Perfect Sound Forever. 
  5. ^ Hüsker Dü: Awards at AllMusic. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
  6. ^ Ryan J. Downey (March 10, 2011). "'"Dave Grohl Talks Pseudo Nirvana Reunion On 'I Should Have Known.  
  7. ^ Bob Mehr (November 6, 2010). "Memphis writer explores legacy of '80s indie-rock pioneers Hüsker Dü". Go Memphis. 
  8. ^ a b Colin Devenish (October 25, 2004). "Husker Du Men Reunite".  
  9. ^ Chris Heim (January 19, 1990). "Grant Hart Putting Bad Image, Husker Du Behind Him".  
  10. ^ "Downside Up". Edge Boston. August 1989. 
  11. ^ Chris Riemenschneider (March 8, 2008). "Bob Mould an open book at Dakota". StarTribune. 
  12. ^ Sam Baltrusis (June 16, 2011). "'"Bob Mould walks the 'Line. StarTribune. 
  13. ^ "Bob Mould Workbook". allmusic. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ Cameron, Keith (2012). "Copper Blue". Copper Blue / Beaster Deluxe Edition (Media notes). Sugar.  
  15. ^ "Bob Mould Black Sheets of Rain". Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Singles Only Label". LA Record. April 27, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Singles Only Label". Discogs. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  18. ^ AJ Ramirez (August 3, 2012). "Sugar: Copper Blue / File Under: Easy Listening (Deluxe Editions)". Pop Matters. 
  19. ^ Parry Gettelman (December 10, 1993). "'No Alternative' And 'Born To Choose'". Orlando Sentinel. 
  20. ^ "RT Covers by Others VII". Beesweb. July 23, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Bob Mould Bob Mould". allmusic. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  22. ^ Bob Mould. "The Last Dog and Pony Show". Granary Music. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  23. ^ Sinclair, Tom (July 22, 2005). "Body Slam".  
  24. ^ "Music Reviews: Bob Mould: Modulate", Rolling Stone, April 25, 2002, retrieved 2009-04-12 
  25. ^ "Minneapolis Music – Bob Mould: Modulate", City Pages, March 27, 2002, retrieved 2009-04-12 
  26. ^ Dan Oko (May 3, 2002). "Bob Mould, LoudBomb". The Austin Chronicle. 
  27. ^ Chip Adams (September 26, 2005). "Bob Mould's Body of Song Tour Hits North America". Fader. 
  28. ^ Mark Deming. "Blowoff". allmusic. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  29. ^ Bob Mould Schedules Performances Leading up to the Release of his Latest Solo Effort 'Life and Times
  30. ^ Mould, Bob; Michael Azerrad (2011). See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody. New York: Little, Brown and Co.  
  31. ^ "Bob Mould premieres "The Descent" the first single from Silver Age".  
  32. ^ "Silver Age – Bob Mould".  
  33. ^ a b c Paul Hilcoff. "Hüsker Dü Database". Thirdav. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  34. ^ Michael Gallucci. "Wig in a Box".  
  35. ^ Simons, Ted (December 8, 1994). "Sweet And High Bob Mould's Sugar Proves The Best Listening Is Not Always Easy". The Phoenix New Times. Retrieved April 15, 2011. 
  36. ^ Steve Kandell (January 28, 2008). "The Spin Interview: Bob Mould". Spin. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  37. ^ Doug Rule (September 30, 2004). "Rock the House". MetroWeekly. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  38. ^ Dwight Garner (June 14, 2011). "After Metal Music's Deafening Roar, Hüsker Dü's Guitarist Pauses to Reflect".  
  39. ^ Paul Hilcoff. "Section 13—TV Appearances". Thirdav. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  40. ^ "Bob Mould".  
  41. ^ "Godfather of Alternative Rock To Visit SF". KTVU. October 14, 2007. 
  42. ^ MacKenzie Wilson. "Hedwig and the Angry Inch [Soundtrack]".  
  43. ^ Heather Phares. "Hyacinths and Thistles".  
  44. ^ Mike Sandler (November 14, 2005). "File Sharing, electronica and "The O.C.": Chatting with Bob Mould". OnMilwaukee.com. 
  45. ^ "Bob Mould plans January release, previews song on the Henry Rollins Show". punknews.org. June 16, 2007. 
  46. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Wasting Light".  
  47. ^ Caryn Ganz (September 16, 2011). "'"See Foo Fighters and Bob Mould Pulverize 'Conan. Amplifier. 
  48. ^ Alex Young (November 22, 2011). "Video: Dave Grohl, Ryan Adams, Britt Daniel pay tribute to Bob Mould". Consequence of Sound. 
  49. ^ a b c "allmusic ((( Bob Mould > Awards )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  50. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Bob Mould". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  51. ^ "AllMusic, Blowoff, Album". February 5, 2014. 
  52. ^ "Bob Mould, See a Little Light, Announcement". February 5, 2014. 

References

Bands produced

  • No Alternative (1994) – includes "Can't Fight It"
  • Beat the Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson (1994) – includes "Turning of the Tide" by Richard Thompson, performed by Bob Mould
  • Wig in a Box (2003) – includes "Nailed"
  • Wed-Rock: A Benefit for Freedom To Marry (2006) – includes "If I Can't Change Your MInd (acoustic)"

Various Artist compilations including individual tracks by Bob Mould

Contributions
  • Circle of Friends (2007, MVD Visual)
  • See a Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould (2013)[52]
Videos
  • "See a Little Light" (1989)
  • Wishing Well + Four Live Tracks (1989)
  • "Egøverride" (1995)
  • "Classified" (1998)
  • "Soundonsound" (2002)
  • "Paralyzed" (2005)
  • "The Silence Between Us" (2008)
  • "I'm Sorry Baby, But You Can't Stand in My Light Anymore" (2009)
  • "The Descent" (2012)
Singles and EPs
  • Poison Years (1994, Virgin)
  • Live Dog '98 (2002, Granary Music) (released under the name 'Bob Mould Band')
  • Live At ATP 2008 (2009, Granary Music) (released under the name 'Bob Mould Band')
  • Bob Mould + The Last Dog And Pony Show + LiveDog98 (2012, Edsel Records)
Compilations and live albums
  • A^ Workbook 25 — A remastered version of Workbook including a second disc of live versions of the songs recorded after the original release in 1989 was released in 2014.
Notes
Year Information Chart positions
US
[49]
US Heat.
[49]
US Ind.
[49]
UK
[50]
1989 Workbook[A]
  • Labels: Virgin
  • Released: April 1989
127
1990 Black Sheets of Rain
  • Labels: Virgin
  • Released: May 1990
123
1996 Bob Mould
  • Labels: Creation, Rykodisc
  • Released: April 30, 1996
101 1 52
1998 The Last Dog and Pony Show
  • Labels: Creation, Rykodisc
  • Released: August 25, 1998
164 11 58
2002 Modulate
  • Labels: Cooking Vinyl, Granary Music
  • Released: March 12, 2002
45 18
Long Playing Grooves (as 'LoudBomb')
  • Labels: Cooking Vinyl, Granary Music
  • Released: 2002
2005 Body of Song
  • Labels: Cooking Vinyl, Yep Roc Records
  • Released: July 12, 2005
22 37
2006 Blowoff (with 'Blowoff')[51]
  • Labels: Full Frequency Music
  • Released: September 5, 2006
2008 District Line
  • Labels: Anti-, Beggars Banquet
  • Released: February 5, 2008
191 5 24
2009 Life And Times
  • Labels: Anti-
  • Released: April 7, 2009
7
2012 Silver Age
  • Labels: Edsel Records, Merge Records
  • Released: September 4, 2012
52 13
2014 Beauty & Ruin
  • Labels: Merge Records
  • Released: June 3, 2014
38 5 96
Studio albums
Bob Mould discography
Studio albums 12
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 2
Music videos 2
Singles 9

Discography

On November 21, 2011, musicians such as Dave Grohl, Britt Daniel and Jessica Dobson of Spoon, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady, Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt of No Age, Margaret Cho, Jason Narducy, Jon Wurster of Superchunk, and Ryan Adams came together at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and played songs from Bob Mould's career. During the concert, Bob discussed a new solo album involving Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster (of Superchunk) due in 2012 and an extremely limited tour of Sugar's debut album Copper Blue.[48]

Mould performed on the Foo Fighters 2011 album Wasting Light, contributing guitar and vocals to the track "Dear Rosemary."[46] He has made sporadic appearances with the band during their Wasting Light tour to perform the song on stage, including on the Conan O'Brien show.[47]

Mould appeared on an episode of Independent Film Channel's The Henry Rollins Show on June 15, 2007.[45]

On September 29, 2005, Mould's song "Circles" was included on The OC.[44]

In 2001, Mould played lead guitar in the house band for the film of John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and on the film's soundtrack.[42] In 2003, Mould also participated in a Hedwig tribute album, Wig in a Box, on which he covered the song "Nailed."[43]

The song "See a Little Light" has been used more than once in various television applications: It was used in the closing scene of the original un-aired test pilot episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer,[40] it became one of the principal theme songs for the HBO series The Mind of the Married Man and was also used in a television commercial for TIAA-CREF (August 2007). Mould also composed the theme for the TLC program, In a Fix.[41]

Mould is a passionate wrestling fan and was previously a writer for WCW.

Mould's song "Dog on Fire" is the theme song for The Daily Show. They Might Be Giants perform the current version.[38] On December 19, 1996, Mould made a cameo appearance on The Daily Show Holiday Spectacular in an homage duet of "The Little Drummer Boy" with Mould playing the part of David Bowie to Craig Kilborn's "Bing Crosby".[39]

Pop culture

In April 2004, Mould was a co-organizer of the WEDRock benefit concert for Freedom to Marry. "WedRock" was a play on the word "wedlock". The event raised an estimated US$30,000. Mould also contributed the song "See a Little Light" to the 2006 album Wed-Rock: A Benefit for Freedom to Marry, an album to support in the legalization of same-sex marriage.[37]

Though Mould's sexual orientation had previously been something of an open secret, he was outed in the early 1990s in an interview in the music magazine Spin; he came to terms with being openly gay, even appearing in the movie Bear Nation, self-identifying as a bear.[35][36]

Personal life

Mould has made various guest appearances throughout his career. In 1984, Mould played piano on Ground Zero's album Ground Zero.[33] In 1991, Mould sang and played guitar on the Golden Palominos album Drunk with Passion on the song "Dying from the Inside Out." In 1992, he contributed vocals to the song, "Dio" on the Throwing Muses album Red Heaven.[33] In 2000, Mould sang "He Didn't" (written by Stephin Merritt) on The 6ths' album Hyacinths and Thistles.[34] He also contributed vocals to the 2009 Fucked Up cover of "Do They Know It's Christmas?"[33]

Collaborations

On August 6, 2012, Mould released the first single from his first album on Merge Records, Silver Age on September 4, 2012.[31] It peaked at #52 on the Billboard 200 album chart, #12 on the Alternative Albums chart, and #3 on the Tastemaker Albums chart.[32]

Mould ultimately wrote that memoir with Michael Azerrad, the author of Our Band Could Be Your Life and Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana. The book, See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, was released in June 2011.[30]

District Line was released February 5, 2008. A little over a year later, on April 7, 2009, Mould released his next album entitled Life and Times in the midst of researching his life for an autobiography.[29]

In addition to his solo work, Mould also worked as a live DJ in collaboration with Washington DC-area dance music artist Richard Morel, under the collective banner Blowoff. They frequently staged at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. A Blowoff CD was released in September 2006, consisting of songs recorded together by the two. Mould has also done remixes for a variety of dance and alternative rock artists, including a remix of the Interpol song "Length of Love."[28]

His next solo album, Body of Song, had been originally scheduled to closely follow the release of 2002's Modulate. Instead, Mould worked on the album for the next three years, resulting in a 2005 release. By this time, he had changed his mind on touring with a band, and announced his first band tour since 1998. The tour lineup included bassist Jason Narducy (of Verbow), drummer Brendan Canty (of Fugazi), and Mould's Blowoff collaborator, Morel, on keyboards.[27]

Bob Mould live in 2005.

During a stint living in New York City in the late-1990s, as he more fully embraced his identity as a gay man, Mould's tastes took a detour into dance music and electronica. Those influences were clear on his 2002 release Modulate, which featured a strong electronica influence to mixed critical reviews and poor fan reaction.[24] One song, "The Receipt," was fairly straightforward, according to City Pages: it "can be taken as a barely veiled attack on Mould's old Husker Dü-mate Grant Hart."[25] (In fact, another song on the album ["Trade"] had been written and performed live during his Hüsker Dü days.) In further pursuit of this sound, Mould also began recording under the pseudonym LoudBomb (an anagram of his name), releasing one CD ("Long Playing Grooves") so far under this name.[26]

After the tour, Mould took a break from the music world to get involved with another passion of his, professional wrestling, when he joined WCW as a scriptwriter in 1999 for a brief period.[23] Creative differences with some of the other writers led to Mould's leaving the company and returning to music. The liner notes for the 2002 album Modulate thank some of the wrestlers he associated with, most notably Kevin Nash and Kevin Sullivan.

In 1998, Mould released The Last Dog and Pony Show, his final album on Rykodisc (who had released all of the Sugar albums in the U.S.). The album was named as such because Mould decided that the tour that followed would be his "last electric band tour."[22]

In 1996, Mould returned to solo recording, releasing a self-titled album in 1996 on Rykodisc, often referred to as Hubcap because of the cover photo. Mould played all of the instruments himself, and programmed the drums instead of using a real drummer. The album peaked at number 101 on the Billboard 200 chart, and number 1 on the Heatseekers chart.[21]

Second solo period (1996–present)

[20].Richard Thompson, a tribute album to the English guitarist and songwriter Beat The Retreat In 1994, he recorded "Turning of the Tide" for [19]

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