Bob Mould, Workbook (1989)
I’m not sure where I got this from – or when. But I’m glad I have it. I was a fan of Sugar first and then some of Bob Mould’s solo stuff and then Husker Du – that’s just how it worked for me. I loved Sugar for a long time – still do. But more recently it’s been the Husker Du material that’s been a focus – both the Mould tunes and the great Grant Hart tunes also of course. But my vinyl copy of Workbook remains a mystery – normally I can pinpoint exactly when/where – I can only assume I picked this up second hand one day as part of a big-shop; when buying a bunch of records. I’m glad I have it. I used to have this album on compact disc – and thought I played it a fair bit and really liked it I’m loving having the LP. Mould is a great writer. And I love the fact that he was such a big wrestling fan he took a break from music and wrote pro-wrestling storylines. Brilliant. Workbook feels like the perfect bridge between the Husker and Sugar worlds; the perfect intro to Mould solo. And it’s just a great fucking record. One that’s reminded me that Mould is a great singer/songwriter/guitarist. Dave Grohl tried to make the joke that he probably owed Bob Mould a beer or two. Mould agreed.
Sample Track: Poison Years
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