Bob Mould is releasing a massive, career-spanning box set chronicling 30 years of his solo music, as well as his work in the band Sugar. Distortion: 1989-2019 arrives October 2 (via Demon Music Group). The anthology includes 18 studio albums, four live albums, and two albums of rarities and collaborations, spanning the 24 CD set Distortion: 1989-2019 and the 8xLP collection Distortion: 1989-1995. Find images of the full set below, and scroll down to watch a 2005 live video of Mould performing Hüsker Dü’s “Could You Be the One?”; also, check out the trailer for Distortion.
Distortion: 1989-2019 includes a 72-page booklet featuring liner notes from music critic Keith Cameron, exclusive new artwork by illustrator Simon Marchner, new interviews with Mould, a foreword by Fred Armisen, testimonials by Richard Thompson, Shirley Manson, and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, lyrics, memorabilia, and more. A run of 1,000 limited edition copies include an exclusive print hand-signed by Mould.
“It’s called Distortion because it describes the music and it fits the world we live in,” Mould said of the box set in a press release. “In this new age, everybody shares their life in real time. But I’m not done yet. If I didn’t have a constantly active career, this anthology might feel like the proverbial dirt landing on top of my coffin—though somehow I seem to be able to crawl my way out of the dirt every time!”
Of his 2005 performance of “Could You Be the One?” Mould said: