JOHN WILLIAMSON on the culturing of John Mould who makes his first

appearance in Glasgow since going solo

WHILE Glasgow's indiscriminating multitudes will be scrumming-down

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before Chris Rea, Status Quo, and the Farm, real music-lovers will be

swooning for Nirvana, Curve, and Nanci Griffith. Meanwhile, another more

intimate gig may actually turn out to be the highlight of a busy week.

The Sub Club on Sunday stages a show by Bob Mould, last here with Husker

Du for their legendary Mayfair appearance in 1986.

It would be hard to underestimate Husker Du's importance in

the grand scheme of late eighties American rock, especially when you

consider that their success paved the way for the acceptance of bands

like the Pixies and Dinosaur Jnr. Mould's relevance did not, however,

end with the acrimonious demise of Husker Du and in many respects his

subsequent solo work has shown a greater breadth of vision.

His two albums, Workbook and Black Sheets of Rain, were different both

from each other and from just

about everything else that was out at the time.

''I still think they're both great albums,'' says Mould. ''Workbook

probably has more staying power, and in 10 years time it should still

sound like a great album. Black Sheets of Rain, on the other hand, was

more of a reaction to the acoustic sound of Workbook. It was much more

live and quicker to record. Although I still love the second side of the

record, I sometimes wish that I had spent more time writing the songs on


It's a mistake that Mould won't be making again, as his third solo

album is some way off, and 16 months have already elapsed since the

release of Black Sheets of Rain. He is now without a record deal, having

parted company with Virgin, and has taken to touring as an acoustic act.

''It had reached the time where I had to renegotiate with Virgin, and

it became obvious things weren't working out. A lot had changed at the

record company, and they probably felt the same

about what I was doing. The last two albums were so different that

they could hardly be called

marketable. From their point of view, I wasn't like Poison or some

godawful band whose albums all sound the same.''

It may seem strange that Mould is making his first solo visit to

Scotland without a new product to promote, but this is the financial

reality for a cult act.

''In the past, touring with a band was prohibitively expensive. We

were losing money with

every gig. There's only so long you can go on like that and continue

to pay

people. Playing acoustically was

originally a one-off but it has turned into 10 months of touring, when

I realised it was financially possible. I am considering a few record

deals at the moment, and ideally I would like to have separate deals for

Europe and America, which would allow me to travel more. I certainly

wouldn't want to be on a major label again -- I have made that mistake

and wouldn't want to repeat the experience.''