171 – Sugar – Hoover Dam (1992)
Written by Bob Mould
Produced by Bob Mould and Lou Giordano
If anyone ever asks me,”Have you any recommendations on a great rock band I may never have heard of?”, my automatic go to is always Sugar. Formed following the dissolution of Hüsker Dü by guitarist/singer Bob Mould, they released some of the most compelling alternative rock I have ever heard. “Copper Blue”, their zenith in my opinion, was Mould’s spirited reaction to the consequences of five years of disappointments. Following the break up of one of punk rock’s greatest bands in 1987, he was laid low by bad business decisions and poor sales for his 1990 solo album “Black Sheets Of Rain”. He then fired his manager, accountants and attorney in early 1991 and came out fighting with a new band. “Hoover Dam” is the highlight of “Copper Blue”, but it’s one of numerous excellent songs from the album.