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Old 10-15-2011, 07:37 PM   #16
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Good, but it didn't blow my mind or anything.
This one blow your mind? Listen to the whole thing.

Sonic Youth-mildred pierce - YouTube
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:37 PM   #17
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could never get into the band, although i barely tried past goo and a handful of "these are sonic youth songs that everyone should know and love".
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:52 PM   #18
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I like a handful of their songs, like the singles off Goo and the album with "100%" on it. That Hits Are For Squares compilation is pretty awesome; I do like most of the stuff on it, but have never been able to get into a full album of theirs.

Every so often I listen to Daydream Nation again to see what all the fuss is about, and it just does nothing for me.

Have always respected them in general, though. Bummed to hear the couple is splitting.
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:59 PM   #19
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I love Sonic Youth, but I'm not always sure their music has aged so well. In the 90s so many younger bands were obviously strongly influenced by their sound but took it in a more structured direction, and sometimes I think if that's what you grew up with then maybe it's hard to listen to something like Daydream Nation or Sister and hear how distinctive all the alternative tunings and dissonance and stuff sounded at the time. Personally I was never as enamored of their lyrics as some people were, a lot of fans and critics saw them as having this great dry wit which I never fully bought, but whatever. I guess they were probably nearing their sell-by date anyway, but sad to see them end this way, if this is indeed the end.
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:23 PM   #20
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I don't think SY ever could do well financially, but the artistic imprint they have left us is very important. Save U2, few if any bands can claim artistic and financial victory. SY are one of the few bands that saved the guitar by radically 're-imagining' it. They did that with alternate tunings.

By making wildly creative and exciting music they rendered most rock musicians really boring and rote.
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:10 PM   #21
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I'm actually not as into their indie stuff from the 80's....I think they did a lot of great albums when they moved to a major (especially Goo and Dirty) and I also am not into Daydream Nation like some of you.

I think the uninitiated should listen to the extremely awesome Rather Ripped which is nothing like anything else they did. Whereas practically every SY song/album is built around guitar melodies, Rather Ripped relies on songwriting first and foremost rather than guitar sound. It's poppier and what they'd sound like attempting to make a Yo La Tengo record or whatever.
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Old 10-15-2011, 10:05 PM   #22
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I also am not into Daydream Nation like some of you.
I am not crazy into that album either. I much prefer Goo. I think DN made a lasting impression because of its unique moment in time. GOO & DIRTY are bookends to each other just like RR and the Eternal. They are companion albums.
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I think Goo is the weakest album of theirs that I've heard pre-00s. It's OK, but incoherent and not as catchy or freewheeling as Dirty. Glad to see Rather Ripped get some love, I probably prefer that one also. Incinerate is a kickass single.

Daydream Nation is a towering, expansive record with awesome melodies that take time to unearth but make multiple listens that much more enjoyable. I've slowly come to like or love nearly every song after initially finding it a bit grating. Teen Age Riot, Silver Rocket, Total Trash, Candle...so fucking good. And way more atmospheric than the 90s major label releases that followed. I never thought the production there matched the haunting, dimly-lit tone of EVOL, Sister and Daydream Nation.
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:26 AM   #24
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I love Rather Ripped, Goo and Confusion Is Sex (even though it creeped the hell out of me when I first listened to it). The only album of theirs that I got and just couldn't get into was Dirty - I've listened to it over and over but apart from Drunken Butterfly nothing stuck with me. So off it went to the second-hand CD store.
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Daydream Nation is a towering, expansive record with awesome melodies that take time to unearth but make multiple listens that much more enjoyable. I've slowly come to like or love nearly every song after initially finding it a bit grating. Teen Age Riot, Silver Rocket, Total Trash, Candle...so fucking good. And way more atmospheric than the 90s major label releases that followed. I never thought the production there matched the haunting, dimly-lit tone of EVOL, Sister and Daydream Nation.
You didn't mention 'Cross the Breeze. Awesome guitar riff, not to mention it fucking rocks more than any other song on that record.

Kudos to one who posted Mildred Pierce. That song scared the shit out of me when I was a kid (my older brother is a Sonic Youth fan as well so...).

And I also really liked Rather Ripped. Loved the poppier approach on that one. I'm so glad that I was able to see them live on the tour supporting that record. They opened with Teen Age Riot, which is for sure one of the best live opening songs I've experienced, played a lot of my favourites and the energy coming from the crowd and the band was stunning.

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The only album of theirs that I got and just couldn't get into was Dirty - I've listened to it over and over but apart from Drunken Butterfly nothing stuck with me. So off it went to the second-hand CD store.
Blasphemous! As far as songwriting goes, that's their strongest record. 100%, JC, Purr (one of the most brilliant guitar riffs I've heard), Sugar Kane, Wish Fulfillment... So many amazing songs on it.
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I think Goo is the weakest album of theirs that I've heard pre-00s. It's OK, but incoherent and not as catchy or freewheeling as Dirty. Glad to see Rather Ripped get some love, I probably prefer that one also. Incinerate is a kickass single.

Daydream Nation is a towering, expansive record with awesome melodies that take time to unearth but make multiple listens that much more enjoyable. I've slowly come to like or love nearly every song after initially finding it a bit grating. Teen Age Riot, Silver Rocket, Total Trash, Candle...so fucking good. And way more atmospheric than the 90s major label releases that followed. I never thought the production there matched the haunting, dimly-lit tone of EVOL, Sister and Daydream Nation.
Goo and Dirty are for people who don't actually like Sonic Youth. As you've said, Daydream Nation has a density and texture that the major label debut and its follow-up seemed to eschew, and one can't really call that evolution, as they would return to that form after a brief detour of more accessibility.
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