The Swarm

June 13, 2011

The Most Salacious Revelations from Bob Mould's New Autobiography, 'See A Little Light'...

TDS Editors


See A Little Light, the autobiography of Hüsker Dü frontman and Sugar ringleader Bob Mould, is getting released this Wednesday. The book is a rather matter-of-fact account of the life and times of a widely influential, ever-shifting artist, the dry tone belying some truly eye-opening surprises. To celebrate this auspicious new chapter in Mr. Mould’s career, we’ve cobbled together some of the book’s best and worst revelations…


Bob Mould: A Little Obsessive…

To this day, I still count my steps in sets of ten. Once I establish a pattern, even for the simplest tasks, I have to constantly repeat the pattern in the exact order I did it the first time or else I tend to come unraveled…


Card-Carrying Member of the Kiss Army

I was a card-carrying member of the Kiss Army. One winter, a bunch of my friends and I dressed up in homemade Kiss costumes, with full make-up and seven-inch platform boots made from work boots and chunks of plywood, the whole nine yards, and we built a winter carnival float closely modeled on the stage from the Destroyer tour with a huge Kiss logo made out of cardboard…


Hüsker Dü‘s Debt to Goth

Joy Division’s music was sad and poetic, and I felt we needed to add those elements to the mix. I also played chiming guitar parts that were influenced by early Cure…


On Trucker Speed

By now I had acquired a smoking habit, but this drug was a revelation of sorts. With trucker speed I was able to drink more than normal. It also made me feel invincible. The stockyards in South St. Paul were a good place to find the ephedrine pills, since there were so many truckers around…



McDonald’s vs. White Castle

…I’d usually head to McDonald’s for a thirty-nine-cent hamburger because they didn’t hurt like potato chips did. Once I realized that the steamed White Castle burgers were even softer, I switched to those…


Bad Brains: Total Dickheads

When Bad Brains stayed with Grant and his parents, they took Grant’s pot and left behind an antigay note. Some gratitude…


The Lost Sessions of Bob Mould and Paul Westerberg

There was a healthy rivalry between Hüsker Dü and the Replacements. There was friendship too, like when Paul and I did some utterly forgettable demos on a four-track reel-to-reel recorder set up in the attic of the Target house. They were stolen out of my van, along with a guitar amp. Don’t worry, the stuff wasn’t very good…


Young Jon Stewart and Daily Show Duckets

One of the bartenders at City Gardens was a funny guy named Jon Leibowitz. With that job, he must have seen a lot of cool shows. He eventually changed his name to Jon Stewart and got himself a TV show. And now he has a good theme song and I have a nice house…



”Not Hearing” Rick Rubin’s Rap Thing

…in 1984, Rick played me some demos of a rap act he was keen on; I remember him saying that this guy was going to be big, but I had my doubts. “I dunno, Rick,” I said, “I’m not really hearing it.” The track he played me was “I Need a Beat” by LL Cool J. So much for recognizing one of the other main directions of the future of music…


Crystal Meth in the Coffee in Preparation for Zen Arcade

We recorded Zen Arcade with Spot at Total Access at the end of October 1983… One of the first things we did was brew a pot of coffee. For this first pot, we added a gram of crystal meth to the coffee grounds, for a little extra kick…


Bob Mould, Asshole?

Some people who were close to the band circa 1984 have portrayed me as dour, overbearing, even baleful. I don’t doubt these descriptions one bit…



Insane Promoters

…Josiah McIlheny, went back to the venue’s office and asked the promoter why the money wasn’t accounted for in the settlement. The promoter slowly open the top drawer of his desk, revealing a pistol, and said, “I don’t recall any merch money, do you?” This kind of thing was common in those days…


Stealing Whitney Houston’s Deli Meats

Whitney Houston was working upstairs for much of the time. Even though she appeared to weigh about ninety pounds and seemingly never ate a morsel, Ms. Houston had an extensive hospitality rider with fresh fruit and deli trays every day. After she left, our second engineer would go upstairs to retrieve the leftovers. We dined like royalty on the scraps of the then reigning queen of pop…


Thurston Moore Asks for Advice on ‘Selling Out’

…when they were negotiating the jump to Geffen in 1989, guitarist Thurston Moore called me and grilled me about what to do, what not to do, and how to do it…


Bob Gets Juiced

I was there for four weeks before I started doing steroids. I was tired from traveling five days a week on no sleep, I was working and thinking so hard every day, and my brain felt as if it were about to explode. I remember riding in the car one day in Florida with my traveling crew and someone saying, “Bobby, you gotta get on the gas…”


Ordering In, the ‘Blow-N-Go’

Frontiers has all the escort ads, and I think to myself, You know what, I’m not going to go to the bar, I’m going to treat myself for the first time in my life. I’m going to get a massage and a happy ending from an escort. I’m just going to order in tonight…


Previously:

The Daily Swarm Interview: Bob Mould on His Album and Book, Husker Du On The Joan Rivers Show, Trucker Speed, Nirvana, and DJing Bear Parties…




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