IF YOU’RE a fan of Hüsker Dü man Bob Mould and you fancy spending some big, definitive bucks, then lookee here: Demon Music have announced that on October 2nd, they’ll be releasing Distortion: 1989-2019, a chronicle of both his solo career and that of his band Sugar.
This massive anthology will, for the first time, collate the entirety of Mould’s recorded work from 1989 onwards: that’s a humdinger set of 18 studio albums, four live albums and two albums of rarities and collaborations.
This anthology has been assembled with Bob’s full involvement and will feature new sleeve notes from legendary UK music critic Keith Cameron and exclusive new artwork.
“It’s called Distortion because it describes the music and it fits the world we live in,” says Bob,
“In this new age, everybody shares their life in real time. But I’m not done yet. If I didn’t have a constantly active career, this anthology might feel like the proverbial dirt landing on top of my coffin — though somehow I seem to be able to crawl my way out of the dirt every time!”
The 24-CD box version of Distortion will feature 295 tracks and includes every solo album from 1989’s Workbook to 2019’s Sunshine Rock, the entire Sugar catalogue, Mould’s long out-of-print electronica projects LoudBomb and Blowoff, and four live albums spanning 1989 to 2008.
Also included is Distortion Plus:1989-2019, a new and exclusive collection of rarities and collaborations, featuring such highlights as “Dear Rosemary”, Mould’s 2011 collaboration with Foo Fighters; his fabled Golden Palominos contribution, “Dying From The Inside Out”, plus a previously unreleased demo version of “Dog On Fire”, his theme tune for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
The box includes beautiful new artwork by Simon Marchner, while the 72-page booklet features sleeve notes by Cameron, new interviews with Bob, testimonials by Richard Thompson, Shirley Manson and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, as well as lyrics and unseen memorabilia. A limited edition of one thousand only will also include a print hand-signed by Bob himself.
The CD version will be complemented by an 8xLP box, Distortion 1989-1995; further vinyl anthologising has been promised for 2021.
To bag yourself this massive undertaking, head on over to Demon’s website, here.