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Sugar was an alternative rock band of the early 1990s led by former Hüsker Dü vocalist/guitarist Bob Mould. Ex-Mercyland bassist David Barbe and ex-Zulus and Human Sexual Response drummer Malcolm Travis rounded out the trio. Mould envisioned Sugar as a similar musical venture to Hüsker Dü except with him writing all the songs and calling all the shots.

In 1992, the band released the album Copper Blue, which was named NME's Album of the Year. The following year they released Beaster, an EP of darker material recorded during the Copper Blue sessions. The single "If I Can't Change Your Mind" was a moderate UK hit. After an aborted attempt to record a second full-length, the band regrouped and File Under: Easy Listening was recorded quickly in the spring of 1994, and was released that fall. A B-side collection, Besides, followed in 1995; a limited number of copies included a bonus live disc titled The Joke Is Always on Us, Sometimes. Mould broke the band up later that year because Barbe wished to spend more time with his growing family. Travis then took over...

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