Gone But Not Forgotten! SUGAR (Bob Mould Band) 1992-1995

Great alternative bands from the past

17 February 2023

Who: Riff-loaded noise trio led by Bob Mould
Active: 1992-1995
Albums: Copper Blue (1992) and
File Under: Easy Listening

After frontman Bob Mould left legendary group Hüsker Dü in 1988 he went
on a solo trip and canned two LPs. After his label dropped him, he recorded a
demo tape with over thirty songs for his new project Sugar with David Barbe
and Malcolm Travis.

The band was named by Mould after he spotted … a sugar packet on the table
in a restaurant. Their journey lasted only for 3 years. I saw them live once, when
they played in my home country (Belgium) in the 90s. It was a deafening assault
on my ears that kept ringing for several days

Three great Sugar moments…

(From ‘File Under: Easy Listening‘)

(From ‘Copper Blue‘)

(From ‘Copper Blue)

SUGAR: Story

BOB MOULD Shares Ardent Acoustic 3-Track Live EP ‘THE OCEAN’

New striking strokes

19 February 2022

Former Hüsker Dü and Sugar hero shared,
unexpectedly, a 3-track live EP titled THE OCEAN.

Just him and his acoustic guitar. Two songs (The Ocean
and Forecast Of Rain are from his 2020 LP Blue Hearts and
the third track is an old Hüskerr Dü one Divide And Conquer).

The way he performs here, ardent and passionate,
is so characteristic for Mould. Genuine artist.

Acoustic Bob…

The full EP…

BOB MOULD: Facebook – Instagram

Happy 60 To BOB MOULD

16 October 2020

(photo FB artist – album Beauty)

Robert Arthur Mould was born 60 years ago today in a village
called Malone in the state of New York. Happy birthday!

He was co-founder of hardcore noise trio Hüsker Dü
that produced six albums between 1983 and 1987.

After the group split up Mould launched a successful solo career.
His brand new LP Blue Hearts is one of his best works.

Bob Mould: “My father, who had a terrible temper and could be really abusive, also brought music to me. He would buy old jukebox singles, for a penny a piece. Those records were my toys. I played them day and night. They meant the world to me, and are sitting on the shelf four feet away from me right now. They remain my main inspiration. I was this broken little kid, and music was the only thing that could drown out all the chaos I grew up around. I still believe music can change the world – I watched the Beatles do it.”

Full Bob Mould interview with The Guardian right here.

To celebrate here’s
Blue Hearts

BOB MOULD: Facebook

Hüsker Dü (photo by Guzman via FB Hüsker Dü)

BOB MOULD Covers BUZZCOCKS – Here’s Rapid-Fire Ripper ‘I DON’T MIND’

14 September 2020

(cover Bob Mould LP)

Former Hüsker Dü mouthpiece BOB MOULD has another solo LP coming called Blue Hearts, out 25th September. In between recording he took time to cover Manchester
punk icons BUZZCOCKS.

He picked their 1978 single I DON’T MIND. A rapid-fire ripper that sounds like the late great Pete Shelley wrote it with Mould in mind. I Don’t Mind fits him like a punk glove. Galloping, propelling and inflammatory.

Listen here to the buzz and fuzz cover…

The original on Top Of The Pops

BOB MOULD: Facebook

Raw Rip-Roaring Rocker – BOB MOULD Shares New Cut ‘SIBERIAN BUTTERFLY’ From Upcoming Album…

New sonic impulses

10 September 2020

(cover Beauty LP)

Next week former Hüsker Dü/Sugar conductor BOB MOULD – who’ll celebrate his
60th birthday next month – unleashes his fourteenth longplayer called BLUE HEARTS.

We got two cuts so far: ‘American Crisis‘ and ‘Forecast Of Rain‘ (listen below).
And here’s another new one. SIBERIAN BUTTERFLY is a striking stunner going
full steam ahead from the get-go. A raw rip-roaring rocker. Wham bam!

Mould about the song’s story: “As I kept writing, the narrative shifted toward themes of change, growth and freedom. These motifs are central to how we become our true selves.
This is how we begin our journey toward our true identities. It’s autobiographical as well.

I put myself through some self-hating years as a young gay man — never feeling ‘good enough,’ not recognizing the positive qualities I had to offer, while inhibiting the development of my gay identity. I hope for a world where all people can be what they want to be. Life seems shorter every day; maybe this simple song can be of use to people who are struggling to find their
true selves.”

The accompanying clip features Mould plus
drummer Jon Wurster and bassist Jason Narducy

Previous shared cuts…



BOB MOULD: Facebook

New album BLUE HEARTS out 25th September

I Know It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll But It’s… WEEKEND!

18/19 July 2020…

Five firecrackers from the past week to fuel your weekend…

1. ‘Honey’ by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (Australia)
24/7 psych-rockers keep on delivering the goods…

2. ‘A Hymn’ by IDLES (Bristol, UK)
The awesome punks are on their way to dominate the end-of-the-year-lists…

4. ‘Forecast Of Rain’ by BOB MOULD
Anger and energy drives Mould to blazing rippers like this…

4. ‘Planet Caravan’ by MOON DUO (San Francisco)


5. ‘Cookie Scene’ by THE GO TEAM! (Brighton, UK)
Sunlit summer rap fun…

See/hear you next weekend, music junkies…

Amplified Agony – BOB MOULD Shares ‘FORECAST OF RAIN’ – Second Track From Upcoming New LP…

New sonic impulses…

14 July 2020

Former Hüsker Dü/Sugar maestro BOB MOULD still burns with anger and agony as
you’ll hear on new single FORECAST OF RAIN, the second track he shares from his
new forthcoming album BLUE HEARTS.

Mould said about the religious inspiration for this song: “As a child, my mother took me to Sunday Mass. I’ve written many songs around religion. In the 2000s, I went back to the Catholic Church for three years – but I did not find my place. I recognize the importance of religion for those who believe: the worship, the rituals, the community; loving thy neighbor, following commandments, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. In short, be nice to people, help however you can, and don’t steal stuff.”

Here’s the lyric video…

If you missed it, here’s lead-single AMERICAN CRISIS

BOB MOULD: Facebook

New album BLUE HEARTS out 25th September

(photo on top: Blue Hearts promo)