Bob Mould Band, The Forum, London, October 1998
Day 8 - Bob Mould Band, The Forum, London, October 1998
Bob Bloody Mould! “What would Hüsker Dü?” Probably have a few drinks less beforehand. After moving to South London, Kentish Town was a bit of a trek from home, but I headed up after work (Baker Street) because my mate Tall Steve said there was a great pub next to the venue, The Bull & Gate, to meet up at and have a bevvie or two in before a gig. And it was. My obsession with not arriving late meant I was there ahead of him for the first couple of pints of the Black Stuff. Thing was, he didn't actually have a ticket, I said come along with me because I had a spare. I didn't as it turned out - it was just that extra bit of the bumff attached to the ticket. You know, the bit with THIS IS NOT A TICKET clearly written on it. So bring on five minutes of circular “Yeah, it IS mate”, “No, it’s NOT, mate” with the door guy. Why the hell he didn't kick us both to the curb I don't know. Antipodean charm? He just diplomatically pointed us over to the ticket booth, to the front of the line, to buy the extra one. Sorted. To the bar! What a cool venue, great view from the bar/elevated area at the rear, great big pit/stalls area to watch closer from. It was great to see Mould being loud & electric again after some patches of introspection, and since the demise of Sugar. The set was mostly from The Last Dog and Pony Show, and the previous self-titled Bob Mould albums I think. Best part of trying to remember all this, is that I found the entire concert was done as a live album, and I found it on Spotify. Uncle Bob rocked it. I guess that is the real bonus of being overseas from NZ - I got to see a ton of new bands you discovered, but also got to work my way through that musical Bucket List, and because I was a moody teenager through the mid- to late 80s, the influence of American hard core bands like Hüsker Dü on all the rock music I would come to love was undeniable: Pixies anyone? Nirvana? I wish Bob Mould would come to NZ now - his last two records have been favourites. He’s still got it. As for my pick from this gig, I leaned towards ‘I Hate Alternative Rock’, but I’ll go with my nostalgia and pick his encore offering, ‘Man on the Moon’, from Sugar’s Copper Blue album.