As alt-rock icons go, fewer have the longevity and sheer strength of back catalog as Bob Mould. In honor of the fact that he’s hitting the Gramercy Theater with DJ partner Richard Morel on Friday night for one of their legendary Blowoff parties–the duo combine indie rock, electro and house to create one of the most unique club nights in the country — we wanted to take a look back at some of the finest moments of Mould’s career, from when he’s rockin’ out behind a guitar, instead of behind the decks.

“Celebrated Summer,” Hüsker Dü
Taken from now-classic 1985 album New Day Rising, “Celebrated Summer” was a fuzzy, frenzied, teenage, call to arms with one of the greatest opening lines in all of summer-song history–“Love and hate was in the air, like pollen from a flower”–as well as an emotive edge that would eventually inspire emocore and a subsequent generation of weepy malcontents. Written in 1984, “Celebrated Summer” was absurdly ahead of its time, but has left an indelible mark on rock to this day.

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