The Descent - Bob Mould

from the album Silver Age (2012)

Once upon a time, I had some friends who were crazy about Husker Du.  To them, the album Zen Arcade was the equivalent to Sgt. Pepper.  I must confess that I did not understand why.

Years later, I caught a Sugar concert at The Roxy in Atlanta with my neighbor Tony.  That is when I finally got it.  The energy and unpretentiousness that Bob Mould brought to the stage made an inveterate connection, unlocking inner frustration, and transforming it into a euphoric release. I probably dropped eight pounds dancing that night.

I have never had such a strong reaction to a performance before or since.

The Descent from Bob Mould's latest album, Silver Age, evokes the spirit of that night.  I cannot listen to this song loud enough, or drive fast enough when I hear it on the highway.  It is hard rock and roll at its finest.  The ringing power chords, the full-tilt drumming, the pulsing bass guitar, and Bob Mould's "shouting in key" vocals make a rapturous connection.

If you want to "Rock Out with your Glock Out", this song should do the trick.

Click Here to view the official music video.

Click Here to view a live performance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Click Here to view an interview with Bob Mould discussing his song Hoover Dam.  This may be the song I dig most from his days with Sugar.


  1. Awww, Husker Du! Saw them in SF at one point- This song is so RELEVANT!. The video of this dude seeking solace in the mountains...yup.... I do that. Doing it tomorrow, in fact. And I will be plugged into this song as I do. Love that he is still at it and that you discovered that. Warms the heart that there are kindred spirits out there --somewhere.


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