Peanut’s Playground: Forgotten Classics – 11. Sugar – File Under Easy Listening

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Hüsker Dü means nothing to me. Bob Mould means nothing to me either. That is to say, the music that the Dü and the Mould made/make isn’t really the music that I like the Bob to make. The music I love is this:

Sugar – File Under Easy Listening (1994)

1994 was a great year in music, and File Under Easy Listening (or F.U.E.L.) was one of its highlights.

Roaring guitars. Loud guitars. But also, beautiful melodies. A combination I’ve gotten to love, and few albums have gotten it better than F.U.E.L. Bob Mould’s voice has never been angelic or smooth or anything like that, but who knew how well it would fit melodic songs instead of just raging rockers. His gritty vocals over the infectious grooves and chords are exactly what keep this album interesting.

Every song is memorable. Memorable in such a way that even after listening to it only once it will have you singing along full force! The song structures are, without exception, simple and easy to grasp. But simple does not equal dull. It’s never dull! Better still, it keeps on surprising you, more than 16 years after its release.

All the traits of a timeless classic if I’ve ever heard one.

DOWNLOAD FILE UNDER EASY LISTENING HERE

1. Gift

2. Company Book

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

Don’t forget to check out my other articles, in case you’ve missed them (which would be an absolute shame, because they’re great and shit).

Tudels,

Peanut

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6 comments for “Peanut’s Playground: Forgotten Classics – 11. Sugar – File Under Easy Listening

  1. February 18, 2011 at 8:24 PM

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  2. February 18, 2011 at 9:27 PM

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  3. Brandur
    February 19, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    Thanks for the posting. I enjoyed Sugar lots too. Brings back memories of remote Icelandic fishing villages for me. While punk may not have been your thing or generation you probably will like this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLKYngRjbQc

  4. February 19, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    And thank you for the video/song Brandur. Great song from a great band! It’s surprising to find out now that what used to be punk is ‘just’ melodic rock to today’s ears.

  5. February 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Copper Blue would be my choice, but Sugar is far superior to all other forms of Bob Mould.

  6. February 23, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Revisiting Copper Blue……now! Thanks for reminding me Kevin.

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