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(Boing Boing) Video Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü talks about the DIY punk subculture, living as a gay man at the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic, and why he isn't taking his legendary blue guitar on tour anymore   (boingboing.net) divider line 35
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2014-06-25 01:29:36 PM
Weird, I never knew he was gay.
 
2014-06-25 01:42:35 PM
All right, when the hell did Bob Mould morph into my uncle Charlie?
 
2014-06-25 03:47:16 PM

Langston: Weird, I never knew he was gay.


The only straight guy in Husker Du is the guy with the fabulous mustache

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2014-06-25 03:57:20 PM
I'm so mad I missed the anniversary tour for Copper Blue. That album is amazing from top to bottom. I heard about it 3 months after he had been through my area.
 
2014-06-25 03:57:32 PM
Does he mention his stint as a writer of storylines for World Championship Wrestling? 'Cos he did that, too.
 
2014-06-25 04:01:45 PM
 
2014-06-25 04:01:59 PM
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2014-06-25 04:09:56 PM
farkin killer tone from the guitar and amp.
 
2014-06-25 04:11:43 PM

dj_spanmaster: [i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]

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Cloning a tribble?
 
2014-06-25 04:18:11 PM

fish500: farkin killer tone from the guitar and amp.


my band in the 80's opened for Husker Du a few times.  Bob was playing a Flying V thru a Fender twin driving a Marshall 4-12 on the New Day Rising tour.  It was an amazing sound. Greg Norton could change a bass string mid-song and not miss many notes. He is a chef now, i don't think he has much to do with music recently. Grant Hart would screw anything that moved.
 
2014-06-25 04:18:25 PM

Ivandrago: I'm so mad I missed the anniversary tour for Copper Blue. That album is amazing from top to bottom. I heard about it 3 months after he had been through my area.


I was lucky enough to catch Husker Du's Warehouse tour at the Living Room in Providence. Mrs Capricorn and I were at Symphony Hall in Boston the next night and our ears were still ringing.
 
2014-06-25 04:21:32 PM
 
2014-06-25 04:32:27 PM

Ivandrago: I'm so mad I missed the anniversary tour for Copper Blue. That album is amazing from top to bottom. I heard about it 3 months after he had been through my area.


He played a free show 2 nights ago in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. The first 3 songs were from Copper Blue.

Set list:
1 The Act We Act (Sugar)
2 A Good Idea (Sugar)
3 Changes (Sugar)
4 Star Machine
5 The Descent
6 Little Glass Pill
7 I Don't Know You Anymore
8 Kid With Crooked Face
9 Nemeses are Laughing
10 The War
11 Hardly Getting Over It (Husker Du)
12 Helpless (Sugar)
13 Keep Believing
14 Egoverride
15 Hey Mr. Grey
16 If I Can't Change Your Mind (Sugar)
17 Come Around (Sugar)
18 Tomorrow Morning
19 Something I Learned Today (Husker Du)
20 Chartered Trips (Husker Du)
21 Fix It
Encore:
22 Flip Your Wig (Husker Du)
23 Makes No Sense At All (Husker Du)
 
2014-06-25 04:59:42 PM
I saw him live a little over a year ago in Detroit. Tiny venue, and I was 3 feet from the stage. It was f*cking amazing.

Set list:
The Act We Act
A Good Idea
Changes
Helpless
Hoover Dam
Star Machine
The Descent
Round The City Square
Steam of Hercules
Come Around
Your Favorite Thing
Could You Be The One?
I Apologize
Chartered Trips
Keep Believing
Egøverride
If I Can't Change Your Mind

Encore:
 Flip Your Wig
Hate Paper Doll
Makes No Sense At All
 
2014-06-25 05:03:00 PM
To me, he's always sounded kinda like Gordon Lightfoot.
 
2014-06-25 05:06:19 PM
I saw both the Copper Blue and File Under: Easy Listening tours, and Sugar remains the loudest friggin' band I ever heard, including ones I've been in. I got to interview him...he's a polite and respectful guy on the phone.

Bob Mould is an amazing songwriter working with relatively simple structures. He's a bit like Tom Petty in that respect. Probably only in that respect.
 
2014-06-25 05:12:26 PM
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Still one of the loudest farking CDs I've ever heard. Classic stuff.
 
2014-06-25 05:16:51 PM
Respect and like Bob, but he did not age well, and was always ready to blow a gasket when someone would mention any song Grant wrote(with a look of hate/anger toward the person mentioning him), that said, good to go out now than keep hanging on.
 
2014-06-25 05:26:41 PM

ZMugg: dj_spanmaster: [i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]

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Cloning a tribble?


Don't sweat it. Weeds is apparently too obscure for Fark.
 
2014-06-25 05:27:48 PM
Love 'Sunspots' and 'Dreaming I Am' off of Workbook. Never tire of 'em.
 
2014-06-25 06:37:20 PM
Punk saved my life, man.
 
2014-06-25 07:32:28 PM
I wonder if being in the closet in the 1980's saved his live.

San Francisco essentially got nuked.  Almost everyone "outside" was killed.
 
2014-06-25 08:00:46 PM

ThirstyCraig: Respect and like Bob, but he did not age well, and was always ready to blow a gasket when someone would mention any song Grant wrote(with a look of hate/anger toward the person mentioning him), that said, good to go out now than keep hanging on.


He's really mellowed with age, but, yeah, he did fark Grant over pretty hard.  (For example, no Husker Du album could ever be 50/50 Hart and Mould compositions, Bob had had have at least 1 more song than Grant did)

I listened to the new album on Spotify (god damn I love Spotify) and it's really strong and holds it on with his work with Husker Du and Sugar.  Highly recommended.
 
2014-06-25 08:04:19 PM

jake_lex: ThirstyCraig: Respect and like Bob, but he did not age well, and was always ready to blow a gasket when someone would mention any song Grant wrote(with a look of hate/anger toward the person mentioning him), that said, good to go out now than keep hanging on.

He's really mellowed with age, but, yeah, he did fark Grant over pretty hard.  (For example, no Husker Du album could ever be 50/50 Hart and Mould compositions, Bob had had have at least 1 more song than Grant did)

I listened to the new album on Spotify (god damn I love Spotify) and it's really strong and holds it on with his work with Husker Du and Sugar.  Highly recommended.


Have you listened to his last one? I thought it was his best thing in God-knows when. I listened to the new one and thought it was ok, but Silver Age is great.
 
2014-06-25 09:23:33 PM

dj_spanmaster: ZMugg: dj_spanmaster: [i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]

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Cloning a tribble?

Don't sweat it. Weeds is apparently too obscure for Fark.


Nothing is obscure on Fark - you only gave it an hour and a half, dude.
 
2014-06-25 09:45:26 PM
CSB: I saw Bob circa 91 at a small club in Columbus with my college roommate. It was for his Black Sheets of Rain album. We were bootlegging his show and thought we were being pretty discreet about it. After the show we walk over to tell him "good show" and he asks us how the bootleg turned out. We felt like assholes but he was actually really cool about it. "It's Too Late" remains one of my favorite tunes from that era.
 
2014-06-25 10:04:34 PM

I Browse: CSB: I saw Bob circa 91 at a small club in Columbus with my college roommate. It was for his Black Sheets of Rain album. We were bootlegging his show and thought we were being pretty discreet about it. After the show we walk over to tell him "good show" and he asks us how the bootleg turned out. We felt like assholes but he was actually really cool about it. "It's Too Late" remains one of my favorite tunes from that era.


Black Sheets was a good album.

I enjoyed seeing him solo in Portland years back. Great show.
 
2014-06-25 10:37:56 PM

Langston: Weird, I never knew he was gay.


It ain't nothin new
It's somethin to ... du
 
2014-06-25 11:06:24 PM
Does this come with or without the scooter stick? Or one single whistling kitty chaser?
 
2014-06-26 12:14:55 AM

jake_lex: he did fark Grant over pretty hard.


He explains a lot of that in his autobiography.
 
2014-06-26 12:23:31 AM
The only 2 albums that were more depressing than a Morrisey/Smith album that I have listened to were

Husker Du's "Candy Apple Grey" and

Depeche Mode's "Black Celebration".

/not that that was a bad thing
 
2014-06-26 01:26:58 AM
Bob is the only celebrity I've ever met (and its a pretty long list in my career in TV/film-sorry) that I turned into Chris Farley.  Bob was super friendly and open, and I turned into a stammering idiot.  I was even cool when I met Robert Downey, Rachel McAdams, Seth Rogen, etc...but Bob, he's such a musical hero of mine.  I lost it.
 
2014-06-26 01:36:37 AM

studebaker hoch: I wonder if being in the closet in the 1980's saved his live.

San Francisco essentially got nuked.  Almost everyone "outside" was killed.



I just watched A Normal Heart, and damn, you ain't kiddin. It made me glad that I'm not gay, because if I were, I would likely have started getting busy right when it was hitting. It also brought home the criminal lack of response of federal health agencies at the time.

I remember reading some memoirs of a SF doctor in the SF Chronicle quite a few years ago. He mentioned how, when a group of interns were given a tour of the hospital in 1981, the doctor in charge made sure to take them to see a patient who had Kaposi's sarcoma. He told them that it was likely the only case of it they would ever see.
 
2014-06-26 03:46:51 AM

Repo Man: studebaker hoch: I wonder if being in the closet in the 1980's saved his live.

San Francisco essentially got nuked.  Almost everyone "outside" was killed.


I just watched A Normal Heart, and damn, you ain't kiddin. It made me glad that I'm not gay, because if I were, I would likely have started getting busy right when it was hitting. It also brought home the criminal lack of response of federal health agencies at the time.

I remember reading some memoirs of a SF doctor in the SF Chronicle quite a few years ago. He mentioned how, when a group of interns were given a tour of the hospital in 1981, the doctor in charge made sure to take them to see a patient who had Kaposi's sarcoma. He told them that it was likely the only case of it they would ever see.


Sounds a lot like 'And The Band Played On'. Damn, that movie was raw and sad, but spot the fark on!
 
2014-06-26 08:52:08 AM
CSB: I saw him play in Pittsburgh in '95? 96?  Regardless, it was at Rosebud in the Strip.  When I saw shows there, or Metropol next door, I'd go straight from work so that I could be in line for a good seat or place to stand.

I'm walking to the club, big tour bus between me and the street, and there's Bob on the pay phone outside.  As I get close, he finishes his conversation, hangs up, and starts walking to the bus.  We pass and nod to each other, and I get in line.  The guy in front of me looks at me like I just stepped off a flying saucer and says, "Are you here to see Bob Mould?"

Me: "Yeah, of course."

Him: "You *do* know that was Bob you just passed, right?"

Me: "Yeah.  So?  Should I have gone all 'Wayne's World' and screamed 'I'M NOT WORTHY' at him?"

/Saw Sugar in '94, still have the t-shirt.
//Don't fit in it anymore.
 
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