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Bob Mould interview February 27, 2021

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The Mirror has an interview with Bob Mould, of Hüsker Dü, Sugar and a remarkable solo career here. Talking to Jason O’Toole he discusses a range of issues, not least the following:

During the height of Sugar’s fame, Bob – a wrestling fanatic who actually worked as a scriptwriter for WCW in 1999 – was strong-armed into coming out in a magazine interview. “They wanted to talk about my sexuality and they were going to talk about it whether I wanted to or not. And there was nothing I could do about that,” he said. “I remember just wanting to be a musician first and my sexuality was my own business. I never really brought it blatantly into the work. I always hoped that a love song can be about any two people.”

That’s a depressing reflection on those times.

I like his matter of fact attitude as expressed in the following:

“I’d been in Berlin for three-and-a- half years. I was going to put the record to bed and head back to Berlin in April – and then the pandemic arrived,” he told me.

“I quickly surmised this was not going to be a short-term pandemic and I was not going to be able to come and go to Berlin like I’d been.

“So it was sad, I had to let go of that long distance (set-up). Unfortunately I did not get to say goodbye. Maybe someday I’ll get to go back and say ‘goodbye’ and ‘hello’ to all my friends.

“Fortunately, I had a couple of friends that helped pack up my valuable stuff and the rest of it went to the Aids charity in Berlin. And that was that.”

Mould continues to release songs that are the equal of the Hüsker Dü and Sugar days – his latest album from last year, Blue Hearts, is excellent. Indeed as the piece notes:

Hüsker Dü have been cited as a major influence by Nirvana, Pixies, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins and Irish outfit Therapy? who did a cover of Diane on their Infernal Love album.

As Krist Novoselic once put it, “What Nirvana did was nothing new – Hüsker Dü did it before us.”


1. NFB - February 27, 2021

WCW was the exact kind of company in 1999 that would hire a scriptwriter because they were a wrestling fan. Bad time to be involved with them then. I’m sure he has some amazing stories of that experience.

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