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Editors’ Notes

Sonic Youth had been progressively flirting with conventional song structures with each successive album, so when the group signed their first major label record contract their fan base worriedly waited to hear the results. It had become customary for underground bands making the big leap into the major league system to lose what it was that made them special in blatant attempts to capture a wider audience. However, this was Sonic Youth. And while tracks such as “Kool Thing” (the album’s single, featuring a humorous cameo from Public Enemy’s Chuck D), “Dirty Boots” and “Mote” feature broadly appealing guitar hooks, there is no clean-up in the band’s overall sound; their experimental edge can still be heard in the odd tunings and expanded instrumental passages. There’s goofy noise rock (“Scooter + Jinx”), self-conscious hipster praise for lite-FM’s Karen Carpenter (“Tunic (Song for Karen)”) and a song about UFOs (“Disappearer”).

Customer Reviews


I knew this album was important when I had it playing in my fathers car ten years ago. Mildred Pierce came on, and I was grooving with the rythm until the song suddenly explodes. They weren't 3 seconds into this explosion when my father ejected it from the tape deck and threw it out the window onto the highway. But you have to get everything this band has ever done to truly understand the music in my opinion. It isn't just noise and distortion - its a movement for rebellion.


If youve got Daydream Nation you NEED Goo! If youve got Sister, you NEED Goo. If you dont already have Goo, you NEED Goo! This is Sonic Youth at their best in every way possible. My favorite SY album by far.

I tried

I really did try to listen to the songs on this album. I just could not get into it. The first song i heard "Kool Thing" had a nice guitar to it at the beginning, but when the vocals kicked in i couldn't really bear it. Maybe you have to develop a taste for it.


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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