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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"Shelter Me" (2008)

One of my favorite songs I've put together. I started it on keyboard and moved to the guitar to finish it up with a lot of synthesizer. Lyrically, it's not the most personal song. It doesn't hold a lot of super meaning inside the words. But every time I hear it or think about it, it resonates a whole lot deeper than some of the other songs we've touched upon.

I was living in D.C. at the time, and I had a routine every week. Every Thursday, I would meet up with my friends and we would go out. Before I went out, that was the song I would put on — the song where you go get ready to be fabulous. It's like that scene in Hedwig, with the wig in a box. I'd put on "Shelter Me" and listen to it and say, "I want to go out and have fun with my friends. I'm trimming the beard and getting ready to go out and have a good time." It's about one of those moments in my personal life. Not enough distorted guitar? I don't know. I don't care. It gave me a "get out and have fun" thing.

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