“Looking down on everything it seems a total bore
Missing all the people that I’ve never met before
Trying to find an unknown something I consider best
I don’t know if I’ll find it, but until then I’ll be depressed” Hüsker Dü
Do you know who’s the enthusiast dj in this clip? None other than BOB MOULD. Beartastic.
I really enjoyed the PARTS & LABOR show on the 7th of February. At some point during the show I realised for the first time how much their vocals (maybe their guitar sound even adds to that impression somehow) remind me of HÜSKER DÜ and I remembered how much I liked that band for their hardcore punk intensity as well as for their melodic indiepunk and their wonderful lyrics. I suddenly missed them. I had a HÜSKER DÜ record with me for almost every SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM but think I’ve only once played them there. In my second band, DEAF DUMB & BLONDE our drummer, CAROLINE ACHAINTRE (I sadly lost touch with her, art drove her to Goldsmiths, London, and had a few exhibitions around europe. Hope she’s fine.), aye, … Caro picked a HÜSKER DÜ song we covered. Rather horribly. It was “She floated away”. We loved it. Aaah, memories….
One day before the PARTS & LABOR show we had gotten an email offering BOB MOULD solo shows for end of April and at that point I wasn’t really that much interested because his solo stuff never has touched me as much as HÜSKER DÜ. Hearing others praising SUGAR etc. again and again I guess I should give it another listen.
A couple of days ago I picked up ‘HOMOCORE – The Loud and Raucous Rise of Queer Rock‘ to take a break from my still unfinished Murakami-Windup-Bird-Chronicle-lecture (it’s not bad, I’m just too impatient) and once again that name popped up: The chapter about BOB MOULD made me google around a bit. I knew he was gay but I hadn’t known about his not-so-nice outing by DENNIS COOPER (whose stuff I actually like) in ’94. Sometimes I seem to live behind the moon as we germans say (which comes pretty close in describing the whereabouts of massacre mansion if I think about it.)… anyway… I googled a bit and was quite surprised to find BOB MOULD…
… looking like this today:
… being a dj whose playlists include some really fresh stuff like Diplo, Fucked Up, Muscles, Yelle, Burial and even one of my bounce favourites: EPMD – run it (Sinden rmx)
… having a club night and house music project with Morel that is called BLOWOFF
… being a blogger who is well worth checking out. Anyone who writes about stuff as diverse as La Quiete, Marshall McLuhan and Phil Spector should be worth your attention: http://modulate.blogspot.com
Isn’t it weird that the BOB MOULD blog somehow sounds more openminded and diverse than the new DIMMAK COMMUNITY blogging that even has JUSTIN PEARSON writing whose work I usually appreciate but that DIMMAK blog just looks like some VICE MAG copy. You know what I mean, that constantly desperately nagging style of “i’m the hippest, i’m the loudest, i’m the crassest, I AM DIFFERENT!”. It always makes me want to pat the writer’s head and tell them: “Yesyesyes, you’re the raddest most unique bad-to-the-bone-st creature out there. Ever. Nothing compares 2U. Now sleep, PLZ.” Anyway…
Here‘s a good interview giving you a good BOB MOULD outline. What I really l.o.v.e. him for is how he rejects the possibility of a HÜSKER DÜ reunion:
“I can’t recreate what people think they saw. I’m not 23, drunk and cranked up and angry. I’m not that person any more. The intensity of those records, I just can’t do it. Heat with Grant and Greg [Norton, Hüsker bassist], yeah, that’s all there, but it would be like a joke. It would not be becoming. It would do more damage than good to what the band stands for.”
I wish more bands would see it like that and stick to it.
Sadly I don’t like the big-radio-rock-production of BOB MOULD‘s latest album, ‘District Line’ which I’m listening to again right now but he is going to release a new one, ‘The Life and Times’ on Anti Records in April and I hope for the best. He’s got a great voice and if he’s playing solo shows there won’t be no big radio rock band sound going on… just the man and his guitar… with the songs stripped to the core… doesn’t that sound tempting… great, now I wrote myself back into being a dedicated fand again…. aargh… wasn’t there an eve massacre that was totally bored of bearded old punkrock legends doing songwriter stuff today? Haha, I guess, I have to draw the homo-card and argue it’s different if it’s a queer punkrock legend. Sadly those are still pretty hard to find.
Of course I can’t leave you without posting a youtube clip of one of my favourite sad songs that has to make up for my Mould-centric HÜSKER DÜ writing. Here’s a GRANT HART HÜSKER DÜ song. God, I used to be in love with his voice.
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I have skipped the DESI Flohmarkt today because I still felt like a piece of shit unable to stand the presence of other human beings. At least I have instead finally managed to overhaul the ORCHID myspace site:
5 thoughts on ““Missing all the people” – Hüsker whü?”
eve, the sugar cd i liked was the ‘beaster ‘ep….very noisy…
solo mould. well ‘black sheets of rain’ worked for me.
the mould/copper interveiw. i didn’t read it or know of it at the time. but copper put the interview in his ‘all ears’ book. (he mentioned bob never spoke to him again after that)
only snippet i heard of ‘district line’ was a couple of times i heard whichever song got played before the trailers at the angelika houston. huh it’ wasn’t working for me.
and maybe i’m insane eve/but i thought bob was good singer on the husker records/cd. i don’tknow/ some may feel he’s was ‘limited’ vocally. but i thought he did alot with his voice… 🙂
it seemed fine to me !!! 🙂
Not insane at all! He definitely was. I just didn’t appreciate that enough back then. I’ll check out ‘Beaster’, thanks for the nod.
As for the Cooper interview the story according to ‘Homocore’ is that Mould opened his doors for Cooper – metaphorically speaking and for real: he let Cooper live with him and his partner for a couple of days. That’s why he was really disappointed when the outing interview in Spin made him look like a homophobe. There seems to have been some out-of-context-quoting that made him sound as if he thought being gay made you a ‘freak’.
hey thanks for the reply. 🙂
allmusic review of beaster /that i think is dead on…
i’ll dig up my copy of all ears in a day or so and give the context of the ‘freak’ quotes…
oh and eve, go here..
not sure if you know if you knew of these/ but the mashes seem to still be there so…
scroll in the current mash up box until you see this….
‘(Tell Me) What You Waiting For’
it’s gwen stefani vs sugar !!!!
also check out ‘The [Dark] Gloaming’ and ‘Shamrock Scent Snibe’
arty nosiy guitar based mashes. yay ! 🙂
beaster – got it now, will listen tomorrow. if it’s half as good as that allmusic review makes it sound i’m sold. thanks for all the linkage!