MUSIC NEWS: Bob Mould Announces ‘Distortion’ Anthology Boxset
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Bob Mould has announced Distortion: 1989-2019, a chronicle of his solo career and his band Sugar which will be released on 2nd October 2020 via Demon Music Group.
For the very first time, the huge anthology compiles the entirety of Mould’s work from 1989 onwards: eighteen studio albums, four live albums and two albums of rarities and collaborations. The boxset will also include sleeve notes from UK music critic Keith Cameron, as well as exclusive new artwork. A 1,000-limited edition also includes an exclusive print hand-signed by Bob himself.
“It’s called Distortion because it describes the music and it fits the world we live in,” he explains. “In this new age, everybody shares their life in real time. But I’m not done yet. If I didn’t have a constantly active career, this anthology might feel like the proverbial dirt landing on top of my coffin — though somehow I seem to be able to crawl my way out of the dirt every time!”
To celebrate the announcement Mould has released a performance of Hüsker Dü classic Could You Be The One?, taken from his show at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club in October 2005. The track will feature on the CD anthology’s Distortion Plus: 1989-2019 rarities and collaborations disc, alongside other highlights from the show.
“For years, I didn’t play Hüsker Dü material with my subsequent touring bands,” adds Mould. “This was the first time my longtime friend and colleague Jason Narducy (bass) played in my touring band. Rich Morel (keys) was my work partner for 11 years in BLOWOFF, and the 9:30 Club was home for our monthly dance party. Brendan Canty (drums) nudged me out of my self-imposed ‘rock retirement’ after the 1998 Last Dog and Pony Show tour (which is also chronicled in the box set). Brendan’s company Trixie Productions filmed and edited the show.”
The first in a series of four vinyl boxsets will also be released on 2nd October 2020, spanning the same thirty-year period. Distortion: 1989-1995 will contain eight-LPs, beginning with Workbook through to the final Sugar album File Under: Easy Listening, as well as Besides, Sugar‘s compilation of B-sides and non-album tracks and Distortion Plus: 1989-1995, a new and exclusive collection of rarities and collaborations. The boxset will feature new Simon Marchner artwork, as well as a 28-page companion booklet including new sleeve notes, lyrics and memorabilia. A 750-limited edition will include a 12″ x 12″ screen print of the new Copper Blue artwork, hand-signed by Marchner and Mould.