Musical palate cleanser, second time around edition

This one popped up on my player this morning.

I wasn’t a big fan of Bob Mould’s first group, Hüsker Dü, but his second power trio, Sugar, hit a good spot for me.  This is one of my favorite songs from them:

That’s my idea of what it feels like to be propelled by a song.

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21 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, second time around edition

  1. dawgfan1995

    I love this band. The album “File Under Easy Listening” is one of the best albums of the 1990s.

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  2. gastr1

    While I liked Sugar back in the day, and still like the music now, it doesn’t hold up next to Husker Du, methinks. Zen Arcade is a masterpiece.

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    • JC

      Agreed. Sugar sounds like watered down Husker Du. Husker Du’s early stuff is a little too speed metal but their middle albums are perfect. “New Day Rising” album for me.

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  3. JAX

    Good song, good band, stupid video.

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  4. BA Baracus

    Sugar @ the 40 Watt was the very first show I saw after I arrived on campus as a freshman. My ears are still ringing. Great tune to start the day!

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  5. Shewdawg

    I followed Hüsker Dü in the 80s and still love it. My favorite Bob Mould: black sheets of rain and workbook.

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  6. SSB Charley

    My favorite lyricist. Loved, Husker Du, loved Sugar, and love his solo stuff. Saw Sugar in Athens back in grad school at the 40 Watt. They did their recording in Athens as Dave Barbe was their bassist. Saw Bob in Seattle last year, and he still kicks ass in his late 50s. A fantastic show. His drummer, Jon Wurster, is also the drummer in Superchunk, another great Southern indie band. They just played song after song after song. Didn’t take much time for a break in between songs, just finished, took a drink of water, and then hit the next tune.

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  7. David Chadwick

    Good song. Sugar is a trifle in comparison to Husker Du. Dave Barbe is one good dude.

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  8. I’ve said this about the MPC’s many times but it’s worth saying again….
    After being trapped in the musical prison that was mainstream Atlanta FM radio in the late 80’s and early 90’s these are a godsend. I missed sooo much good music and wouldn’t even know to look without these posts.
    I’d heard of Husker Du, never listened, and never heard of Sugar. So I put this tune in Apple music and hit create station, literally I’m hearing these for the first time. Many thanks Senator.

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    • Russ

      Agreed. I like to think my musical tastes are wider than normal, but it’s hard finding everything these days. The Senator’s MPCs certainly help bring up nuggets I may have missed.

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  9. jtp03

    Copper Blue is in my top 5 records. It also led me to Husker Du. Bob is the man.

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    • Comin' Down The Track

      Great record.

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    • Comin' Down The Track

      Copper Blue was the second CD I ever bought. I held the vinyl line for a good while. My first (The Cure Disintegration) and second CD purchases survived many moves and girlfriends I am proud to say. I still have them… and they still play.

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  10. RC

    Copper Blue is one of the top CD’s of the 90’s for me, and the same goes for “If I Can’t Change Your Mind” in the singles category.

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  11. Nate Dawg

    Senator,
    Me likey – thanks! I’m not familiar with these guys but have heard of them and Husker Du.
    I’ll say it has a Dinosaur Jr vibe which I like. You should check out Feel the Pain as kind of a ‘radio hit’ from Dinosaur Jr. if you don’t already know them.

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  12. BA Baracus

    This has always been my favorite Sugar tune:

    That driving bass line gets me amped every time…

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  13. Dawg Vegas

    I saw Mercyland so many times in the mid 80s…. damn I miss them. Was so happy when I heard D Barbe was in a band with B Mould, and loved them then and now. Must echo the praises of DB being a great, solid guy with a hell of a work ethic.

    I saw that I missed a Let’s Active show in Atlanta recently. It’s hard damn work trying to keep up with the various cool reformations popping up rvery so often, and I am sure I miss all kinds of great stuff happening in Athens.

    I did get Stones tickets today. I’m leery of a show at MBS, but at least it isn’t on the GTU campus and considering it will be in July, air conditioning is a good thing.

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  14. junkyard dog in brooklyn

    a buddy of mine told me bob mould became a screenwriter for WWF wrestling.

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