"This definitely counts as a cover... it's a Sugar cover," Bob Mould says through a smirk. "They were a great band!"
The former Husker Du and Suger frontman and current touring solo artist and memoirist has been glancing into the rearview mirror a lot these days, so it's no big surprise that he chose to "cover" one of his own songs ("If I Can't Change Your Mind," which he wrote during his time with Sugar) as part of the A.V. Club's ongoing Undercover series. "It's a well-written song," he says, speaking about himself in the third person. "It's a little bit like 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight,' a little derivative, but people liked it."
[jump] During the short intro interview, Mould also jokes that musicians get nine lives in the rock business, an observation that pretty accurately describes his chameleonic career. In the true spirit of reinvention, Mould plays the song solo over a muddy electric guitar, making it sound like a mash-up of his past and present lives.
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