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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”). A decade later, the “Deluxe Edition” was issued with a generous addition (a near tripling) of eight-track demos, produced by Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis and Don Fleming, alongside b-sides, outtakes and rehearsals that show the grittiest side of the group, surely to satisfy their most hardcore fans.

Customer Reviews

good, but highly overated.

but you know what, I'll never create anything this good in my life so I do like it. I just don't love it. It's not even that, I'll be totally honest, completely honest here. This is a fine album and it's great to listen to, but I can't stand listening to ANYONE talk about this album. Like it was the second coming or something. Sorry hipsters this ain't slayer and this ain't minor threat, and this ain't even guns and roses, so don't try tellin' me this is the best thing to happen since oral sex.

Finest to (re) date

This is SYs finest record to date. This reissue takes a 5 star record and knocks it clear past Pluto with no signs of the supernovae ever slowing down. The newly included tracks just add pleasure to the searing white hot intensity of the original. Remastered and rereleased. A fine release that just has gottne better with age, friends: Goo.

from the golden age

Fourtunately this is not Slayer, Minor Threat, or GnR... this is Sonic Youth! music for the true music lover! its unique and expirimental.... its like harnessed chaos. it's funny though, cuz when i was a kid i loved bands like Guns n Roses, but as i got into my mid teens i had outgrown that sort of "no-brains" rock music.... lucky for me, i found a dubbed copy of Sonic Youth's first EP at my cousin's house. needless to say he ended up "losing" it. that was my first encounter with SY. as for the album, Goo is one of SY's greatest, according to many. it is surely one of their most accessible. it comes right in the middle of SY's "golden age" (before "Dirty" and after "Daydream Nation"). and with the addition of 19 extra tracks, this is the obvious choice for any true fan. although, if you're looking for something a little more edgy (like me), check out their earlier stuff from the first EP ("Sonic Youth") to "Bad Moon Rising" or "Made in U.S.A." (if you can find it) and "Screaming Fields".... great stuff!


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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