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26) Sugar Copper Blue

Bob Mould had enjoyed cult success and respectability with a trio called Husker Du, I am sure everyone has heard of them and if by a miracle you have not give them a listen.


What do you do after the trio you were in splits up? Try your hand with a couple of solo albums and then form another trio seemed to be Bob’s idea.


Sugar arrived in 1992 with Copper Blue. Ten songs, all written by Mould, forty-five minutes, in and out no messing. Husker Du never made the UK charts, but such was the word of mouth on Mould’s new band they stormed into the Top Ten. If you are looking for fast songs, excellent simple chords hammered out on the guitar with frantic drumming and catchy choruses then this is the album for you.


The first three tracks storm out at a frenetic pace with the single A Good Idea the standout, the pace drops a nano second into Helpless and then storms into Hoover Dam, which is one of those songs that opens with the chorus and If I Can’t Change Your Mind is lightweight but catchy and gave Mould his only ever top forty song.


Man On The Moon finishes the album in upbeat mode.


Mould soon returned to being respected but not the biggest seller, I hope he enjoyed his moment in the spotlight he deserved it.


7/10


GIVE IT A STREAM: A Good Idea

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