Seeing Bob Mould on David Letterman looking like a high school shop teacher makes me realize just how old I am.
I stood five feet away from him a hundred times at Hüsker Dü shows and we were so young and pretty then! What happened?
Wait, Bob was never pretty.
My friend Brad rode the bus in St. Paul with Bob all the time. One day Brad was wearing a t-shirt with the Punisher comic book character on it, and as Bob was getting off the bus he looked at Brad and said, "Punish me..."
Which, I guess, is something that Punisher fellow used to say.
I saw one particular Hüsker Dü gig at a Lowertown (St. Paul) loft, and it seemed like they played for four hours. But I'm sure it was only three.
Hüsker Dü opened for Gangwar (Johnny Thunders and Wayne Kramer) at the 7th St. Entry (the shithole punk dump off to the side of First Avenue) and as Brad and I were strolling to the gig we came across Grant Hart in the parking lot, and he was whacking his kick drum pedal with a rock, trying to fix whatever was broken on it. We said, "What's up Grant?" and he said, "It's a great day to be alive!"
And today I say to you, IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE ALIVE!
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