In 1988 seminal alt-punk band HÃ¼sker DÃ¼ disbanded in chaos, leaving behind a legacy that influenced everyone from Nirvana to Green Day. Singer and guitarist Bob Mould released two solo albums, but their pared-down acoustic sound failed to reignite HÃ¼sker DÃ¼’s flame.
Then, in 1992, Mould returned with a new band – Sugar – and a new album called Copper Blue. The album was a revelation, and an instant hit among his college fanbase, closing the gap between hardcore punk and commercial pop. Influential UK magazine the NME named it their album of the year, and Sugar enjoyed a minor hit on British soil with ‘If I Can’t Change Your Mind’. From ‘Changes’ to ‘A Good Idea’, the album underlined the good news for alt-rock fans everywhere – Bob Mould was back.
This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Copper Blue, and Mould is celebrating in style. Not only does his latest record, Silver Age, hark back to that era of three-minute pop assaults, but he’s also touring with both albums, playing Copper Blue and Silver Age back-to-back in what’s surely a must-see show for rock fans everywhere. At a recent tribute concert in L.A. Mould’s work was celebrated by everyone from Dave Grohl and Ryan Adams to Spoon’s Britt Daniel – their recommendation alone should be enough to get you out to his shows.
Bob Mould will be playing Copper Blue and Silver Age at the Showbox at the Market, Seattle, on Tuesday September 18th. Tickets are available now from the Showbox website, priced $20 plus fees. It’s also worth noting that support comes from The Thermals, a fantastic band in their own right. After Copper Blue and Silver Age, it looks like Bob Mould is going for gold.
Check out the original video for ‘If I Can’t Change Your Mind’ below. Happy Birthday, Copper Blue.