Song of the Day, April 7: If I Can’t Change Your Mind by Sugar

SugarIfICCYMToday’s song is If I Can’t Change Your Mind by Sugar. After Hüsker Dü dissolved, Bob Mould launched a powerful solo career with the meditative brilliance of Workbook followed by the lacerating catharsis of Black Sheets of Rain. All the while he was writing songs that occasionally showed up in his live shows but didn’t quite fit with his solo recordings. He decided to enlist two sympathetic players and form a new band.

Sugar featured Mould’s trademark power and insight, but it wasn’t Hüsker Dü: it wasnt’ meant to be. The songs were energetic rock anchored by the pop traditions that interested Mould as a child. The finest example of that marriage is the power pop anthem If I Can’t Change Your Mind. It’s an elegant track that builds on the best of 60s pop, blending it with the energy of a 90s alt-rock band. A soaring, sometimes searing look at relationships of all sorts, it’s a smart, driving song. Mould has noted that a key to its success is restraint — it was meant to sound like a single, so there’s no extended soloing. The result is a tight, compelling package and a highlight of Mould’s long, eclectic career.

Enjoy this magnificent song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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