Sonic Youth changed the landscape of guitar music through their experimentation with free-form noise, off-kilter rock/pop songs and dissonant alternative guitar tunings. The core members of the band (Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo) formed in 1981. On episode 35 of Philosophy of the World we revisit the output of this essential indie rock band from their early years to the end of the 1980’s. We start with their debut EP highlighting Sonic Youth’s no-wave roots, journey through EVOL and Sister which established them as powerful underground artists and finish off the show with instant classic Daydream Nation launching them into the pantheon of legend.

 

1. “I Don’t Want to Push It” from Sonic Youth EP

2. “Shaking Hell” from Confusion Is Sex

3. “Death Valley ’69” from Bad Moon Rising

4. “Brave Men Run (In My Family)” from Bad Moon Rising

5. “Tom Violence” from EVOL

6. “Shadow of a Doubt” from EVOL

7. “Schizophrenia” from Sister

8. “Pacific Coast Highway” from Sister

9. “Into the Groovey” from The Whitey Album

10. “Making the Nature Scene” from The Whitey Album

11. “Kissability” from Daydream Nation

12. “Teen Age Riot” from Daydream Nation

 

Companion Material

Goodbye 20th Century by David Browne

Girl in a Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon

Confusion is Next: The Sonic Youth Story by Alec Foege

The Year Punk Broke

Sonic Youth Concert Chronology

 

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