File Under: Easy Listening (Deluxe) [Remastered] by Sugar on Apple Music

34 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bob Mould's second power trio, Sugar, only recorded two official studio albums (Beaster was an EP of excellent outtakes from Copper Blue). Each of those releases is filled with the bristling attacks that made Bob infamous as a member of the legendary Hüsker Dü. Mould's guitar tone is sheer beauty, a harmolodic blend that yields results beyond the actual notes. Couple that with his pop sense, and you've got a perfect guitar-pop band with a true rock edge. That this music is considered "alternative" was a result of an industry in confusion. Had tunes like "Your Favorite Thing," "Gee Angel," and "Can't Help You Anymore" been released in the late '60s instead of the '90s, they'd be considered purebred rock 'n' roll. "Panama City Motel" pulls back the volume for a ballad. "Believe What You're Saying" adds a western twinge. "Explode and Make Up" explores Mould's emotionally riveting forlorn side. The deluxe edition adds b-sides and a 1994 live show that reminds us of what we missed—or have been missing for years. Sugar was one of the best power trios of any era. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bob Mould's second power trio, Sugar, only recorded two official studio albums (Beaster was an EP of excellent outtakes from Copper Blue). Each of those releases is filled with the bristling attacks that made Bob infamous as a member of the legendary Hüsker Dü. Mould's guitar tone is sheer beauty, a harmolodic blend that yields results beyond the actual notes. Couple that with his pop sense, and you've got a perfect guitar-pop band with a true rock edge. That this music is considered "alternative" was a result of an industry in confusion. Had tunes like "Your Favorite Thing," "Gee Angel," and "Can't Help You Anymore" been released in the late '60s instead of the '90s, they'd be considered purebred rock 'n' roll. "Panama City Motel" pulls back the volume for a ballad. "Believe What You're Saying" adds a western twinge. "Explode and Make Up" explores Mould's emotionally riveting forlorn side. The deluxe edition adds b-sides and a 1994 live show that reminds us of what we missed—or have been missing for years. Sugar was one of the best power trios of any era. 

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About Sugar

After two solo albums, ex-Hüsker Dü guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould formed Sugar in 1992, with bassist David Barbe and drummer Malcolm Travis; the band signed with Rykodisc in the U.S., Creation in the U.K. Sugar's first album, Copper Blue, was released in the fall of 1992 to enthusiastic reviews and it became Mould's most successful project to date. Copper Blue nearly went gold and spawned several alternative radio and MTV hits, including "Helpless" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind." In the spring of 1993, Sugar released the mini-LP Beaster, a more abrasive collection than Copper Blue that was recorded at the same sessions. Around the time of the release of Beaster, Mould was forced out of the closet by various gay publications, with hopes that he would embrace their political cause; he rejected their requests. Mould wrote the material for the second Sugar album during 1993. The band began recording in the spring of 1994, but the sessions ground to a halt and the tapes were erased. Mould decided to give the album one more try and it was recorded quickly late that spring. The album, File Under: Easy Listening, appeared in the fall of 1994. Although it received good reviews and was moderately successful commercially, it didn't match the performance of Copper Blue. In the spring of 1995, it was announced that Sugar was on hiatus. Besides, a collection of rarities and B-sides, was released that summer. By the fall, Mould had broken up the band and begun to work on a third album entirely by himself. Mould played all of the instruments on his self-titled third album, which was released in the spring of 1995. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • FORMED
    1992

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