sonic youth

"Sonic Youth is a American alternative rock group formed in New York City in 1981. The group's lineup today is essentially the core of the group, having been together since 1985, comprising Thurston Moore (guitars and vocals) Lee Ranaldo (guitars, vocals and organ) Kim Gordon (bass guitar, guitar, and vocals) and Steve Shelley (drums). Before Steve's time the group went through several drummers, and additionally from 2000-2005 longtime friend Jim O'Rourke became a full-time member as a multi-instrumentalist."

Sonic Youth recorded a Don Van Vliet composition for the 1988 "Fast 'n' Bulbous", Captain Beefheart tribute album. The track, 'Electricity', can also be found on the 4 LP box and the deluxe 2CD box / re-release of their "Daydream Nation" album.


1 sonic youth: sonic youth
    (1982, ep, usa, neutral) 
2 sonic youth: confusion is sex
    (1983, lp, usa, neutral) 
3 sonic youth: bad moon rising
    (1985, lp, usa, homestead records) 
4 sonic youth: evol
    (1986, lp, usa, sst) 
5 sonic youth: sister
    (1987, lp, usa, sst) 
6 sonic youth: daydream nation
    (1988, 2lp, usa, enigma)
  various artists: fast 'n' bulbous
    (1988, cd, uk, imaginary records ill cd 200) - all compositions by don van vliet

7 sonic youth: goo
    (1990, cd, usa, geffen / dgc) 
8 sonic youth: dirty
    (1992, cd, usa, geffen / dgc) 
9 sonic youth: experimental jet set, trash and no star
    (1994, cd, usa, geffen / dgc) 
10 sonic youth: washing machine
    (1995, cd, usa, geffen / dgc) 
11 sonic youth: a thousand leaves
    (1998, cd, usa, geffen / dgc) 
12 sonic youth: nyc ghosts & flowers
    (2000, cd, usa, geffen / dgc) 
13 sonic youth: murray street
    (2002, cd, usa, geffen / dgc) 
14 sonic youth: sonic nurse
    (2004, cd, usa, geffen / dgc) 
15 sonic youth: rather ripped
, cd, usa, geffen / dgc)
  sonic youth: daydream nation
    (2007, 4lp, usa, goofin' records goo-013) - incl. 'electricity' (d.van vliet)
  sonic youth: daydream nation - deluxe edition
    (2007, 2cd, usa, geffen records) - incl. 'electricity' (d.van vliet)


random notes

Daydream Nation was Sonic Youth's sixth album, their first double LP, and their last for an indie label before signing with Geffen. Widely considered to be their watershed moment, Daydream Nation catapulted them into the mainstream and proved that indie bands could enjoy wide commercial success without compromising their artistic vision.

The original 1988 album has been remastered under the band's supervision. The bonus platters begin with previously unreleased live performances from the Daydream Nation Tour. Culled from performances at CBGB in New York, The Paradiso in Amsterdam, and several other primo venues, "Live Daydream" includes live versions of every song on the original album. Added to that are four studio bonuses: "Within You, Without You" (a Beatles cover from the NME-sponsored charity Beatles tribute album Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father), "Computer Age," from the Neil Young tribute album The Bridge, "Electricity" from the Captain Beefheart tribute album Fast And Bulbous, and a cover of Mudhoney's "Touch Me, I'm Sick," originally released as a Sub Pop 7-inch single. Lee Ranaldo's original demo of "Eric's Trip" concludes the album.

The postpunk milestone reissued with unreleased live material and hard-to-find covers

Includes a 16-page booklet with liner notes and unpublished photos

The album to be performed in its entirety at select shows in North America and Europe





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