RCD 10300 File Under: Easy Listening
Produced by Bob Mould
Released on September 6, 1994
US CHART POSITION #50 . . . UK CHART POSITION #7
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I really did have a bad dream once where I’d cut my own stomach open and scooped baked beans out of it. Probably a crossed wire connecting an old memory of frog dissection and The Who Sell Out (Amphibia city in the sky...). That observation would have been the end of Sugar if I hadn’t packed this along for the two-hour commute to work. Somewhere between Stoughton and Marlborough, File Under: Easy Listening won me over. I won’t discourage you from thinking that Sugar is simply Husker Two moulded in Bob’s own image. It is and that’s fine. Better than fine, really. Where Warehouse left me feeling kind of flat, File Under lifted me up: “Gee Angel,” “Believe What You’re Saying,” “Company Book,” “Your Favorite Things,” “Gift,” “Explode And Make Up.” Husker Du was never this sweet, but came early in a crush of noise and left you feeling unsatisfied. Sugar is less standoffish, more accessible, power-punk-pop the way the Muses intended it: infected and infectious. Although Pixies and Husker Du were very different bands in little ways, Bob Mould and Frank Black have arrived at the same place in their solo careers. Both have broken down the walls around them and stripped their music to distorted bar chords and the winning melodies that were always underneath the surface. It’s not the kind of music that makes a reputation, of course. Rather, it’s a formerly difficult artist making it look easy for a change. And if you don't like it, beans to you.

RCD 10300 back sleeve
RCD 10300 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. GIFT
  2. COMPANY BOOK    (David Barbe)
  3. YOUR FAVORITE THING
  4. WHAT YOU WANT IT TO BE
  5. GEE ANGEL
  6. PANAMA CITY MOTEL
  7. CAN'T HELP YOU ANYMORE
  8. GRANNY COOL
  9. BELIEVE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING
  10. EXPLODE AND MAKE UP

    All songs written by Bob Mould unless noted

CREDITS

DAVID BARBE -- bass, vocals
BOB MOULD -- guitars, vocals, layout
MALCOLM TRAVIS -- drums
Jim Wilson -- engineer
Lou Kregel -- original artwork
Steve Jurgensmeyer -- layout

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN September 6, 1994 Rykodisc LP/CD/CS RALP/RCD/RAC 10300 lyric sleeve
UK September 1994 Creation LP/CD/CS CRELP/CRECD/CCRE 172  
BRA 1994 Natasha CD 1008  

 

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