Bob Mould: My Life in 15 Songs

Indie-rock vet surveys Hüsker Dü hardcore ragers, electronica-informed solo experiments and more

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Hüsker Dü, "Bed of Nails" (1987)

I was clearly feeling some kind of pain somewhere to come up with an idea like an entire bed of nails as opposed to a few nails and pieces of wood — I was obviously amplifying some kind of suffering. I had quit drinking, but it would be fair to say the song was a reflection on the end times for the band. It's also definitely a harbinger of end times with my primary personal relationship at the time. I doubt I wrote it with any hopes of reconciliation! Isn't it funny how we can laugh about that now? "Oh, my God, how bleak was that?" [Musically] there's a bit of Neil Young in that song — no hiding that.

The split [in Hüsker Dü] had already happened in its own way. The only time everyone was in the room together for that album was to approve mixes for songs. Grant [Hart] and I would come and go, and [engineer] Steve [Fjelstad] was trying to paste it all together. So, no particularly bright memories. The most memorable, positive one is staging the landscape for the cover and how Grant was enjoying painting all the pillars with a flashlight and floodlights. It made for a great album cover. That's the happiest memory of that record I can recall.

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