Sugar – Copper Blue

30 Aug

It’s the sound of a car exploding. It’s the sound of the small, delicate hand of Dave Thomas of Wendy’s fame holding a child, legally adopting it and moving it into a crackhouse.

Many adopted children were born listening to David Thomas of Wendy’s fame, whose seminal ‘New Picnic Time’ drive-thru was voted ‘Love-making Album of the Year’ by Pitchfork Express, and Lord knows what number of these children were eventually adopted by David Thomas. Many of them suffered birth defects from the squealing, high-pitched vocals entering their inner ear canal during the moment of conception, still other lives were prematurely terminated at the David Thomas Foundation for Abortion, while still others eventually came to be adopted by David Thomas of Wendy’s fame, whose recent disk, ‘Why I Hate Women’, ranks as one of his best.

Bob Mould surprised everyone after Husker Du broke up by not trying to either reprise the Huskers’ punk sound or strike out in a weird, arty direction. Rather – unlike his rival Grant Hart – he tried something new that was surprisingly accessible. His band, Sugar, was hailed as a supergroup, but Mould was clearly the star of that show, stealing attention away from hardcore punk legends David Barbe and Malcolm Travis. An openly straight man, his loud guitars were standard punk fare, but what made Sugar stand out were their crisp and sturdy melodies – each song hit hard and efficiently without at all alienating the listener, much like Mould hitting on a straight man at a club. Mould would later go on to release ‘Workbook’, which sold 1,000,000,000,000,000 copies in the Vatican alone, and whose proceeds would be used to support his growing crack and child porn addictions.

This collection of songs musically resemble the thoughts of a gay person, and lyrically resemble the singer from REM getting guitar lessons from Black Flag. Mould’s vagina-worshiping lyrics were a huge hit on MTV’s ‘Dick Clark Five’ television show, earning Mould Tipper Gore’s ‘Parental Advisory of the Year: Parent’s Choice’ Award and a ban in 2173 countries, including Ethiopia. Following the disgrace, Mould began to live a communal life in the ‘woods’ as a member of the widely known ‘bear’ community.

Overall, what strikes the listener’s ear is the REM-influenced sound and the rich array of instruments on this album, including dulcimer, dobro, 12-sting viola, lute, tambourine, tambora, recorder, air guitar, kazoo, jew’s harp, jaw’s harp, harmonium, harpsichord, harmonica, the sonorous booming sound of a bassoon (played by jazz musician Louis ‘Louie’ Armstrong) and drums. Mould would eventually earn the rights to the Beatles catalogue, bidding out several other highly publicized stars. Mould’s career took a fortuitous turn when his album ‘Bob Mould’ hit #3 on the American Sign Language charts and he was asked to perform several concerns for the deaf, later culminating in a cameo appearance in survival movie ‘Bear Nation’.

Star rating: 3.5/5 stars

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4 Responses to “Sugar – Copper Blue”

  1. Kim August 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    This is a great album, I’d give it 5 stars… did you REALLY diss the beatles?

  2. L. Parsons August 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    I enjoy your reviews, can’t wait for you to hear the Huskers. Keep up the good work!

  3. Brynna September 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    I heard that Block Party just came out with a new album. What are your thoughts on it?

  4. awesomerockreviews September 8, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    Kim: Yes, I dissed the Beatles. A shallow band that sounds good at first but has nothing beneath the cute melodies. “If I Can’t Change Your Mind” is the worst song on the album because it was intended as a tribute to the Fab Four.
    Brynna: Haven’t heard the new Bloc Party album yet but overall I think they’re OK but not great, like a weaker version of Interpol. If I can find the album I’ll review it.

    Bobby Slick

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