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Bob Mould (born October 16, 1960, in Malone, New York) is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for influential rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s. October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Malone, New York is the name of two locations in Franklin County, New York. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Rock is a form of popular music from the mid 20th century which typically features a vocal melody (often with vocal harmony) that is supported by accompaniment of electric guitars, a bass guitar, and drums, often with a strong back beat. ... Hüsker Dü was an influential rock music group from Minneapolis-St. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Sugar was an indie rock band of the early 1990s led by former Hüsker Dü vocalist/guitarist Bob Mould. ... See also 1990s, the band The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive, sometimes informally including popular culture from the very late 1980s and from 2000 and beyond. ...

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History

Hüsker Dü was formed in the late 1970s after Mould moved to the Twin Cities to attend Macalester College. Hüsker Dü first gained notice as a "speed-core" punk rock band on the independent label SST Records, but over time Mould and bandmates Grant Hart and Greg Norton evolved musically, adding tuneful melodies to their explosive sound; the band became one of the key influences on what later became known as alternative rock. Twin cities are two towns or cities that are geographically close to each other and may seem to form a single unit, often referred to collectively. ... Macalester College (commonly called Mac by those affiliated with the college) is a privately supported, coeducational liberal arts college in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... SST Records is a Lawndale, California based independent record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by Black Flag founder/guitarist Greg Ginn. ... Grant Hart (born March 18, 1961) was the drummer and with Bob Mould one of two main singer/songwriters for Hüsker Dü, a pioneering punk rock group from Minneapolis-St. ... Greg Norton (circa 1986). ... The terms alternative rock and alternative music[1] (also simply called alternative) were coined in the 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired bands on independent record labels that didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ...


In the mid-1980s the Hüskers signed a major-label deal with Warner Brothers, but the band released just two records before bitterly splitting up; Mould and Hart still take jabs at each other in the press, though the two performed together at a 2005 benefit concert. Warner Bros. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A benefit concert is a concert featuring musicians, comedians, or other performers that is held for a charitable purpose, often directed at a specific and immediate humanitarian crisis. ...


Mould's first solo album came more than a year after Hüsker Dü broke up; 1989's Workbook eschewed Mould's trademark wall-of-noise guitar for a stripped-down sound featuring acoustic guitars and cellos. 1991's jagged Black Sheets of Rain put Mould in more familiar territory, recalling Hüsker Dü's loudest, angriest moments. Workbook is the title of Bob Moulds first solo album after leaving Hüsker Dü. Songs on Workbook are: Sunspots Wishing Well Heartbreak a Stranger See a Little Light Poison Years Brasilia Crossed with Trenton Sinners and Repentances Whichever Way the Wind Blows Categories: Stub | 1989 albums ...


Mould then formed the group Sugar, a college/alternative radio favorite in the mid-1990s. Sugar released two albums, an EP and a B-sides collection before splitting. Mould returned to solo recording, releasing a self-titled album in 1996 (which is often referred to as Hubcap because of the cover photo) and 1998's The Last Dog and Pony Show. Sugar was an indie rock band of the early 1990s led by former Hüsker Dü vocalist/guitarist Bob Mould. ... Besides is the final album from 90s alternative rock band Sugar. ...


During a stint living in New York City in the late-1990s, Mould's tastes took a detour into dance and electronica. Those influences were clear on his 2002 release Modulate, which experimented heavily with electronica, to what some surprised fans and critics called mixed results. To pursue this sound Mould also began recording under the pseudonym LoudBomb (an anagram of his name). He has released one CD so far under this name. Nickname: Big Apple Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Electronica is a rather vague term that covers a wide range of electronic or electronic-influenced music. ... Modulate Bob Moulds fifth solo album, released in 2002 after a four-year layoff. ... A pseudonym (Greek: false name) is a fictitious name used by an individual as an alternative to his or her legal name. ... An anagram (Greek ana- = back or again, and graphein = to write) is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce other words, using all the original letters exactly once. ...


Mould took a brief break from the music world to get involved with another passion of his, professional wrestling, when he joined WCW as a scriptwriter for a brief period. Creative differences with some of the other writers of the league led to Mould leaving the company and returning to music. The liner notes for Modulate thank some of the wrestlers he associated with, most notably Kevin Nash and Kevin Sullivan. Professional wrestling is generally any form of performance art in which pro-wrestlers receive payment for participating. ... WCW logo until 1999 World Championship Wrestling or WCW, was a professional wrestling promotion that existed from 1988 to 2001. ... Liner notes are the booklets which come inserted into the compact disc jewel case or any sound recording container. ... Kevin Scott Nash (born July 9, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional wrestler and actor. ... Kevin Francis Sullivan is a professional wrestler known mostly for his feuds with the American Dream Dusty Rhodes and Mike Graham in the NWAs Florida promotion. ...


In addition to his solo work, Bob Mould is also a live DJ in collaboration with DC-area dance music artist Richard Morel, under the collective banner Blowoff. A recording under that banner is in the works. Both LoudBomb and Blowoff have led to Mould's being asked to do remixes for a variety of dance and alternative-rock artists. A recent remix of the Interpol song "Length Of Love" has led to more critical acclaim for the veteran artist. Richard Morel is an openly gay singer/songwriter, remixer and record producer from the DC Metro area of America. ... Interpol is a New York City indie rock band, formed in 1998. ...


For much of the 1990s, Mould toured playing solo acoustic renditions of his catalog (occasionally switching to electric guitar midway through his set). In 2005 his solo album Body Of Song was cross-announced with his first band tour since 1998. Brendan Canty, best known as the drummer for Fugazi, and Mould's Blowoff collaborator, Morel, are playing drums and keyboards, respectively, for the tour, which began in the fall of 2005. Mould has been playing more songs from his Hüsker Dü back catalogue than at any time since the band broke up. Brendan Canty (born March 9, 1966 in Teaneck,_New_Jersey) is a musician, and is best known as the drummer in the band Fugazi. ... Fugazi may refer to: an Italian slang term for something that is fake/not authentic. ...


Mould is openly gay.


Pop culture

On September 29, 2005, Mould's song "Circles" was featured on The OC as Marissa Cooper was starting her first day at her public school in Season 3. September 29 is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The O.C. ( stands for Orange County) is an American television drama/soap opera program broadcast on the Fox Network. ... Marissa Coop Cooper is a fictional character on the FOX television network series The O.C., shown nationally in the United States. ...


Mould's song "Dog on Fire" is the theme song for The Daily Show. They Might Be Giants perform the current version. Later, "See a Little Light" became one of the principle theme songs for the HBO series The Mind of the Married Man. Mould also composed the theme for the TLC program, In a Fix. The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) is a Peabody- and Emmy-winning half-hour American satirical news television program produced by and run on the Comedy Central cable television network. ... They Might Be Giants (commonly abbreviated to TMBG) is an American alternative rock duo consisting of John Linnell and John Flansburgh, collectively known as the two Johns or John and John. Known for their experimental pop music, they have been popular on college campuses and earned a reputation for intellectual... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... The Mind of the Married Man was a television series that ran on the HBO network. ... TLC official logo TLC is a cable TV network in the US, that carries a variety of informational and reality-based programming. ... In a Fix was an American television series involving a team of construction workers and a designer who would “rescue” homeowners from stalled “do-it-yourself” renovation projects. ...


As Mould and director Cameron Crowe (a former journalist with Rolling Stone magazine in the '70s) are close friends, Crowe named a movie character after Mould. Bob Sugar (played by Jay Mohr) in "Jerry Maguire" is named for Bob Mould and Mould's former band, Sugar. Cameron Crowe Cameron Bruce Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an American writer and film director. ... Rolling Stone is an American magazine devoted to music, politics and popular culture. ... Jay Mohr Jay Mohr (born August 23, 1970) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. ... Jerry Maguire is a 1996 film, staring Tom Cruise, that tells the story of a professional sports agent, Jerry Maguire, whose crisis of faith leads him to write a mission statement that advocates better service, fewer clients, and less focus on the bottom line. ...


Solo Discography

(see also Hüsker Dü and Sugar discographies.) Hüsker Dü was an influential rock music group from Minneapolis-St. ... Sugar was an indie rock band of the early 1990s led by former Hüsker Dü vocalist/guitarist Bob Mould. ...

  • Workbook LP (Virgin, 1989)
  • See A Little Light Single (Virgin, 1989)
  • Wishing Well + 4 Tracks Single (Virgin, 1989)
  • Black Sheets of Rain LP (Virgin, 1990)
  • Poison Years Compilation LP (Virgin, 1994)
  • Egøverride Single (Rykodisc, 1995)
  • Bob Mould LP (Rykodisc, 1996)
  • The Last Dog and Pony Show LP (Rykodisc, 1998)
  • Modulate LP (Granary Music, 2002)
  • Live Dog 98: The Forum, London UK Live LP (Granary Music, 2002)
  • Long Playing Grooves (released under anagram LoudBomb) LP (Granary Music, 2002)
  • Body of Song (Yep Roc, 2005)

Workbook is the title of Bob Moulds first solo album after leaving Hüsker Dü. Songs on Workbook are: Sunspots Wishing Well Heartbreak a Stranger See a Little Light Poison Years Brasilia Crossed with Trenton Sinners and Repentances Whichever Way the Wind Blows Categories: Stub | 1989 albums ... Black Sheets of Rain is the title of Bob Moulds second solo album after leaving Hüsker Dü. The album returned to electric guitars, and features heavier arrangements than his largely-acoustic solo debut Workbook. ... Bob Mould was the third solo album by former Hüsker Dü and Sugar vocalist Bob Mould. ... The Last Dog and Pony Show was the fourth solo album by former Husker Du and Sugar vocalist Bob Mould. ... Modulate Bob Moulds fifth solo album, released in 2002 after a four-year layoff. ... Body Of Song is the fifth solo album from punk/indie/alternative rock veteran Bob Mould (ex-Husker Du/Sugar). ...

Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock UK
1989 "See a Little Light" - #4 - - Workbook
1990 "It's Too Late" - #10 - - Black Sheets of Rain

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Modern Rock Tracks chart is a music chart that has appeared in Billboard magazine since the early 1980s. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... See also: 1988 in music, other events of 1989, 1990 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul McCartney releases Back in the... Workbook is the title of Bob Moulds first solo album after leaving Hüsker Dü. Songs on Workbook are: Sunspots Wishing Well Heartbreak a Stranger See a Little Light Poison Years Brasilia Crossed with Trenton Sinners and Repentances Whichever Way the Wind Blows Categories: Stub | 1989 albums ... See also: 1989 in music, 1990 in British music, other events of 1990, 1991 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle...

Bootlegs

  • The Calm Before the Storm (Kiss The Stone, 1994)

Bands Produced

Soul Asylum is an alternative rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1983, best known for their double-platinum album Grave Dancers Union, and their Grammy Award-winning single Runaway Train. ... Made To Be Broken is the 1986 album from Soul Asylum. ... Articles of Faith were a highly influential Chicago based hardcore punk band (1981-1985) notable for song-writing in a class above most of their contemoraries (and sucessors). ... Magnapop are a rock band based in Atlanta, Georgia. ...

External links

  • Interview with The Onion A.V. Club
  • Official Bob Mould Granary Music artist page
  • Boblog (Bob Mould's personal weblog)
  • Blowoff nightclub events
  • PopMatters interview (7/2005)
  • Metro Weekly interview series
  • Wishing Well: A Small Web Site About the Music of Bob Mould
  • Bob Mould on 3RRR MP3 extract of interview
  • Bob Mould on Colbernista MP3 extract of interview
Hüsker Dü

Grant Hart | Bob Mould | Greg Norton A weblog (now more commonly known as a blog) is a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles (normally, but not always, in reverse chronological order). ... Hüsker Dü was an influential rock music group from Minneapolis-St. ... Grant Hart (born March 18, 1961) was the drummer and with Bob Mould one of two main singer/songwriters for Hüsker Dü, a pioneering punk rock group from Minneapolis-St. ... Greg Norton (circa 1986). ...

Discography
Albums: Land Speed Record | Everything Falls Apart | Zen Arcade | New Day Rising | Flip Your Wig | Candy Apple Grey | Warehouse: Songs and Stories | The Living End
Extended plays: Metal Circus | Sorry Somehow | Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely
Related articles
Nova Mob | Sugar | Grey Area

 
 

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