120 Reasons To Live: Bob Mould

Nothing did more to further the cause of Alternative Nation-building than 120 Minutes, MTV’s Sunday-night video showcase of non-mainstream acts. For nearly two decades, the program spanned musical eras from ’80s college rock to ’00s indie, with grunge, Britpop, punk, industrial, electronica and more in between. MAGNET raids the vaults to resurrect our 120 favorite and unjustly forgotten videos from the show’s classic era.

#36: Bob Mould “See A Little Light”

This one goes out to former MAGNET contributor Andrew Earles (you may remember him as our resident lightning rod via the Where’s The Street Team? column), who recently saw his book on Hüsker Dü published. Makes the perfect holiday gift for the dysfunctional band member or closeted gay punk in your life. To our knowledge, Hüsker Dü wasn’t exactly aces in the music-video department, but frontman Bob Mould set about correcting that deficiency with both a solo career and his impossibly catchy mid-’90s outfit, Sugar. “See A Little Light,” from 1989 solo debut Workbook, isn’t a knockout single, but it confirmed what everybody already knew: Underneath all that noise and fury, Hüsker Dü was writing hopeful pop music.