Five Things You May Not Know About Bob Mould
- Bob’s first band was named after a Danish board game called Hūsker Dū?, which is both Danish and Norwegian for Do You Remember? The band decided to add umlauts as a nod to a similar practice amongst heavy metal bands of the time. Hüsker Dü were fond of introducing breakneck covers of ’60s hits into their set, as shown by their version of Ticket to Ride below. Mark Kozelek goes in the other direction as he slows down a track from New Day Rising
- When Hüsker Dü split, Bob juggled a solo career with various collaborations. My favourite was the first album he released with the trio named Sugar. That 1992 release contains If I Can’t Change Your Mind, performed to perfection on The A.V. Club recently by The Decemberists. Bob also sang the Stephin Merritt composition, He Didn’t, on Hyacinths & Thistles by The 6ths. This year, he provided guitar and vocals on Dear Rosemary, a track on Wasting Light by The Foo Fighters. He also turned up on compilations and tribute albums and Turning of the Tide can be found on Beat the Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson
- Bob put away his guitars for a while at the turn of the millenium as he developed an interest in electronic dance music. I didn’t even know that he worked in the professional wrestling industry for a few years as a scriptwriter. Does this mean that wrestling is made up?
- The theme music to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart was composed by Bob. It’s called Dog on Fire and his original was used in the early years of the show. The current version is performed by They Might Be Giants, who recorded it when Stewart took over the reigns in 1999
- Today is Bob’s 51st birthday. Some sources give October 12, 1961 as his date of birth, but I went straight to the horse’s mouth to settle the matter. This summer, Bob published his memoirs, See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage & Melody. He co-wrote the book with Michael Azerrard and here is the opening sentence from chapter one: “When I was born on October 16, 1960, Malone, New York, was a town of roughly four thousand at the very northernmost of the state, in a thin strip of land between the vast Adirondacks and the Canadian border”. Happy birthday, Bob