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SHUFFLER 0025: TO A HOME YOU LEFT

SHUFFLER 0025: TO A HOME YOU LEFT
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Sugar – “Going Home” from Besides (1995 Rykodisc)

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Owing everything to the beautiful serendipity of the Shuffler, I’m sitting in a room in the Beaver, Utah Comfort Inn and Suites, headed home to Minnesota from a failed move to California. It was to be a lifetime move but lasted only three months, and it turns out that home is home, and that home is Minnesota.

And that’s really what the lyrics to this song are about, someone returning to a home you left and vowed you’d never be. I knew enough about life and its surprises to stop short of any kind of vow, but the song pretty much sums up my sentiments.

Extra serendipitous is that Bob Mould, Sugar’s frontman, is a native Minnesotan, so it stands to reason that Minneapolis is both the main character of my move and of his song. Woah.

I’ll now say something that some will likely find outrageous, but as far as Bob Mould goes, Sugar has always been my favorite incarnation, and this song is a great example of why — it’s that perfect combination of nineties alternative rock and power pop from a guy that used to be in a punk band, which is to say, it’s got a lot of great energy and great hooks and is all around a pretty great song.

Stay home and turn it up.