The second time I lived in Scotland (the first time was on a commune with Americans, Canadians and continental Europeans with one Scottish person in total, the second time was a more traditional Scottish experience, first in Forres, then Aberdeen), I met this group of people who can easily be described as Bob Mould's biggest fans. I had never heard of Bob Mould (who, by the way, has a blog here) before but that would all change as I was regaled by stories of Sugar, Hüsker Dü and all the splendor that is Mould. When I moved to Aberdeen, I discovered that my group of friends were just a small subset of the Scottish Bob Mould obsessives society. Every record store featured a Hüsker Dü-shirt wearing dude behind the counter. Sugar was always playing. I always wondered if Bob Mould is aware that he has such a dedicated following in Scotland. I suppose he might since he's kicking off his upcoming European tour in Glasgow. Go north, Bob. You're a G-d there.
I took a liking to Sugar more than Hüsker Dü, partly because Sugar was so much happier. Hüsker Dü's lyrics were always teetering on suicidal ("Too Far Down" was a crowd favorite, my friend Andreas would play it while we took the most beautiful, scenic drives and Mould would sing "I couldn't begin to smile...") while Sugar might have some darker themes but ultimately didn't seem like the whole band might off themselves at any moment.
Anyway, today's Song of the Day is dedicated to David in Aberdeen (who, sidenote, never ever comments here but whose lovely wife Steff, who, further sidenote, I introduced him to, does sometimes) of the awesome Scottish band "ditch" (yes, lower case d) because he twice requested a Mould song be my Song of the Day. So here you are, David. Maybe put some of your music up somewhere so it can be my Song of the Day sometime? And really, some comments wouldn't be the worst.
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