Bob Mould fronted the seminal indie-rock bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar, worked as a creative consultant for World Championship Wrestling, and wrote the Daily Show theme. Now, with help from music scribe Michael Azerrad, the openly gay singer-songwriter, 50, has chronicled his extraordinary life in See a Little Light.
Yours is almost certainly the first rock memoir to open with the author getting into an altercation at an all-male, clothing-optional resort.
[Laughs] That was Azerrad’s idea. He said, ”People are inundated with books. You’d better hit them as hard as you can, as fast as possible.” It’s a little embarrassing. But whatever.
More seriously, you write about a lot of dark times, from being molested at 18 months, to your strained relationship with your father, to the rise and breakup of Hüsker Dü. What was it like to look back on all of that?
It sort of broke me a couple of times. It’s very personal. But the people who have followed me for the first 30 years of my career would be disappointed if it wasn’t this way.
You mention that a young Jon Stewart tended bar at a Hüsker Dü show in Trenton, New Jersey. Was he a good barman?
I got to drink for free, so I honestly wouldn’t be able to answer that, either out of ignorance or being drunk.
But that’s not how you ended up writing the Daily Show theme, is it?
No. The credit for that connection goes to [The Daily Show co-creator] Lizz Winstead. I grew up alongside Lizz and a lot of other people in the comedy world. Lizz asked if I had any music kicking around, and that was one of the two B sides from my eponymous ‘96 solo album. It worked out great. It’s a kick to hear it on TV.
Did it really pay for a house, as you write in the book?
It still does quite well for me, thanks!