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, "Guns at My School" (1982)

Hüsker Dü had been around for about two years, and Land Speed Record was recorded in August of 1981 at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. We'd just finished the first national tour we'd ever done, and this was a pretty amazing homecoming gig. The first set was completely crazy. We were showing Minneapolis what we'd seen in those three months [on tour]. In Minneapolis, the hardcore scene was good-natured, nice hardcore. In Northern California, there were less rules and the drugs were harder.

"Guns at My School" was one of those little hardcore gems I probably wrote in two and a half minutes. The particular inspiration, I can't recall, but it could have been somewhere on the road in San Francisco or Vancouver or Seattle, and maybe I saw something on the local news after a school shooting — which in 1981 would have been very, very rare as opposed to now. It's one of those crazy blind-rage hardcore songs I could write every half hour at age 20 if I needed to.