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Editors’ Notes

Weirdly enough, Dirty was considered Sonic Youth’s shiny “commercial” pop album upon release in 1992. And, with a Nevermind-era Butch Vig noticeably fattening up the New York noiseniks’ singular guitar sprawl, and the singles “100%,” “Sugar Kane,” and “Youth Against Fascism” briefly dovetailing with grunge-era mainstream tastes, it kind of was. The radio-ready mix only makes this the most muscular-sounding entry in the band’s hallowed canon, however, and Dirty still seethes with unholy noise to make your spine and synapses tingle as only Sonic Youth can.

Customer Reviews

a real beauty

This is one of those great records of my youth. I was 22 when I bought it and it captured the time, not only the flavour of the period in history, but it encapusated everything that was good about music (to me) at the time. It's crazy, loud, and beautiful, like any great Sonic Youth album (to me there are 4 of them - this one, Goo, Daydream Nation (though I have to be in the mood for that one) and Rather Ripped). Rocks like goofy.


still their best overall album, though they have many many great ones. my favourite part is the image under the CD tray. It is so cute, that man with the stuffed animal.


Formed: 1981 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Sonic Youth were one of the most unlikely success stories of underground American rock in the '80s. Where contemporaries R.E.M. and Hüsker Dü were fairly conventional in terms of song structure and melody, Sonic Youth began their career by abandoning any pretense of traditional rock & roll conventions. Borrowing heavily from the free-form noise experimentalism of the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, and melding it with a performance art aesthetic borrowed from the New York post-punk avant-garde,...
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