Essential Albums: Sonic Youth

I can hardly believe that it has been 25 years since Daydream Nation came out. Sonic Youth is known for its experimental, sometimes nonmusical experimentation with using amp feedback. They are skilled in the abstract music as well as commercially compatible rock. Daydream Nation fits both those categories and is beyond amazing. I luckily was able to see them live in 1995 and it initiated me into music snobbery. There is also an extensive backstory in Our Band Could Be Your Life (which is essential reading). 1991: The Year Punk Broke, their tour documentary is amazing. I would say they can also be credited with introducing Nirvana to the mainstream. Sonic Youth’s bassist, Kim Gordon is also one of the few female musicians who have gained credibilty regardless of being female, and never been labeled as a “chick rocker”. She and Thurston Moore now have teenage kids, and I hope they appreciate how cool their parents are.

[SONIC YOUTH; Daydream Nation]

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One thought on “Essential Albums: Sonic Youth

  1. Umm… it hasn’t been 25 years, that’s why. Daydream Nation came out in 1988, so it’s only been 19 years (though still a very long time).

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