posted at 11/16/2011 12:55 PM EST
Sugar was an excellent, albeit short-lived band that was formed when the alternative genre had meaning, back in its day. For an American band, they rode a wave of success in the UK, maybe moreso than they did in the USA.
You would have to have been paying attention to be familiar with Sugar, as they had a mere 3-year run, never met with commercial success, signed onto Rykodisc (and FWIW, Ryko was founded in metro-Boston, was (and still is, although not as small and obscure as it was when it was founded) considered an original indie record label if ever there was one) all contributing factors as to what defined alternative in the 90's.
Relevant to the "insurpassable first album" thread, some would say that Sugar's first album, "Copper Blue" was their best; I happen to find "File Under Easy Listening" to be outstanding.
Now most Sugar fans already know this, but not being a Husker Du fan, I only recently discovered that (sorry I can't create umlauts for HD) Sugar was a creation of former HD singer / guitarist, Bob Mould.
I don't expect much traction from this thread, and that's okay -- but since a few people have said they know little about Husker Du, and that band has been mentioned a number of times in other threads, it would be awesome if you want to discuss Husker Du and/or Sugar. Any fans out there?