In 1993, Bob Mould was in the middle of an early 90s purple patch of chart and critical success, that had started with the formation of Sugar and the album Copper Blue in 1992, continued with single If I Can’t Change Your Mind, the fiery and uncompromising Beaster, and concluded with File Under Easy Listening in 1994.

Towards the end of 1993, he found time to contribute Can’t Fight It to the No Alternative ** compilation in support of AIDS relief. Very much drawn from the Hardly Getting Over It end of the Mould musical spectrum, Can’t Fight It is an ode to a broken relationship that might surprise coming on the heels of **Beaster, but which makes perfect sense once you start to remember that EP’s emotional closer, Walking Away.