Sugar

A Good Idea

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Sugar's second American CD single, "A Good Idea," which is identical to the version that appears on the band's debut COPPER BLUE, is here coupled with four live tracks recorded at a concert recorded for a local Chicago radio station. Collectors should note that this is the most widely bootlegged of all Sugar shows.

On "Helpless," while Bob Mould's vocals are a little restrained, the music barrels ahead at a breakneck pace, and the song's pop pretensions are largely glossed over in favor of a wall of guitars. Bass player David Barbe's "Where Diamonds are Halos" is a return to the band's poppier side, though it still integrates Mould's dense guitar playing. "Slick," the story of a car crash told in the first person, is slightly slower than the album version and Mould's voice bites and cracks on nearly every syllable. The last track is a cover of a lesser known Who song, "Armenia City in the Sky," which provides an excellent opportunity for Malcolm Travis' expressive drumming.

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