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Thinking of giving them a try. So what of theirs is essential (or the most essential anyway)?
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOIN WITH YOUR LIFE!?!?! i'd say the essential albums are evol, daydream nation, goo and dirty? evol is my favourite, daydream nation is the one which mostly gets sighted as their most essential album, dirty is probably the most accessible and goo is the one that kind of made them popular!?! but we're talking about, in my opinion; one of the greatest bands of all time who are prolific in their production of great records, even to this date... FUN!
words cannot begin to describe it...
Come to think of it
Is probably my favourite insofar as it encapsulates all of the elements of Sonic Youth and has their best song (Expressway). Washing Machine is great too for the same reason. I don't think they are the ideal starting point. Go with Daydream Nation.
I don't get why people always say that Dirty is their most accessible, Sugar Kane aside. It's their most 'produced' thanks to Butch Vig but there's a lot of noise on there. I got it when it came out and even some of my grunge-loving teenage friends found it unlistenable. They all ended up loving Goo and Daydream though.
Glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks Expressway is their best song!
Except maybe Jet Set...
Get DDN, Dirty, Goo, EVOL, Sister, Washing Machine and Sonic Nurse just to start.
Then buy them all. ALL of them.
just download death valley 69 and theresa's sound world and save yr money. actually no, confusion is sex is great. the rest does nothing for me.
I really like sonic youth. And Jet set is easily my least favourite album of theirs. It's got a couple of great tracks, but most of it is an unmitigated disaster.
I don't really think it's an unmitigated disaster. It has some good stuff on there, but I think a lot of it doesn't quite work.
Yeah, I was kidding myself the whole time, SY are shit.
But seriously, I don't think it's great, and certainly not essential.
boring...so so very boring
but my Dad's car broke down en route so we didn't make it. The odd thing was that neither of us were that fussed :s
I don't mind Sonic Youth, but I really need to be in the mood to listen to them. That said, Goo is awesome.
a thousand leaves
Sonic Nurse, EVOL, Daydream Nation, Sister, Murray Street
Although I genuinely like/love every Sonic Youth record (I think I've heard pretty much all of them now)
listen to trilogy over and over and over and over and over and over...
Fields of Sonic Love provides a pretty good overview of their pre-Geffen years, although I dont know whether it's still widely available.
Alternatively, you could just download everything on the aforementioned compilation plus Schizophrenia, The Sprawl, Dirty Boots, Kool Thing, 100%, Sugar Kane and Sunday. .