Sonic Youth

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Sonic Youth were a four-piece band from New York. Emerging from the no-wave movement, their experimental noise distinguished them from other underground bands of the 1980s. Their signing to DGC in 1990 was unusual in the creative freedom given in the contract, and proved that it was possible to remain true to an independent ethic while on a major label.
See also Ciccone Youth.

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Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore (guitar, vocals), Kim Gordon (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Lee Ranaldo (guitar, vocals) remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley (drums) followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up. In their early career Sonic Youth were associated with the no wave art and music scene in New York City. Part of the first wave of American noise rock groups, the band carried out their interpretation of the hardcore punk ethos throughout the evolving American underground that focused more on the DIY ethic of the genre rather than its specific sound.

The band experienced relative commercial success and critical acclaim throughout their existence, continuing partly into the new millennium, including signing to major label DGC in 1990 and headlining the 1995 Lollapalooza festival. Sonic Youth have been praised for having "redefined what rock guitar could do", using a wide variety of unorthodox guitar tunings and preparing guitars with objects like drum sticks and screwdrivers to alter the instruments' timbre. The band is considered to be a pivotal influence on the alternative and indie rock movements.

In 2011 Ranaldo announced that the band was "ending for a while" following the separation of married couple Gordon and Moore. Thurston Moore updated and clarified the position in May 2014: "Sonic Youth is on hiatus. The band is a democracy of sorts, and as long as Kim and I are working out our situation, the band can’t really function reasonably." Gordon refers several times in her 2015 autobiography Girl in a Band to the band having "split up".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Helen Lundeberg / Eyeliner Sonic Youth 1
2009 Hang Them All / No Garage Jay Reatard / Sonic Youth 1
2009 Pay No Mind / Green Light Sonic Youth / Beck 1
Endless, Nameless / Goo Is You Nirvana / Sonic Youth 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 New York – Ystad Sonic Youth 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Sonic Youth Sonic Youth 8
1983 Kill Yr. Idols Sonic Youth 1
1985 Death Valley ’69 Sonic Youth 2
1988 Master=Dik Sonic Youth 3 4
1989 Candle (edit) Sonic Youth 2
1990 4 Tunna Brix Sonic Youth 1
1991 Dirty Boots Sonic Youth 3
1993 Whores Moaning: Oz '93 Tour Edition Sonic Youth 1
1994 TV Shit Sonic Youth with Yamatsuka Eye 2
1997 SYR 1: Anagrama Sonic Youth 1
1997 SYR 2: Slaapkamers met slagroom Sonic Youth 2
1998 SYR 3: Invito al Ĉielo Sonic Youth / Jim O’Rourke 2
1998 Silver Session: For Jason Knuth Sonic Youth 1
2002 In the Fishtank Sonic Youth, I.C.P. & The Ex 2 2
2002 Kali Yug Express EP Sonic Youth 2
2008 SYR 7: J’accuse Ted Hughes Sonic Youth 2

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 SYR 6: Koncertas Stan Brakhage Prisiminimui Sonic Youth su Tim Barnes 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Blowjob Sonic Youth 1
2008 Sensational Fix Sonic Youth 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Sonic Youth DJ Hour Sonic Youth 1
2004 Corporate Ghost - The Videos: 1990-2002 Sonic Youth 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 iTunes Live from SoHo Sonic Youth 1
Turn It Up! Turn It Up! Sonic Youth 1

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