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Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth is an American alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981. Since 1985, the band's line-up has consisted of Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo (both vocals and guitar), Kim Gordon (bass guitar, guitar and vocals) and Steve Shelley (drums). From 2000 to 2005 Jim O'Rourke became a full-time member as a multi-instrumentalist. Before Shelley, Sonic Youth went through several drummers, including Bob Bert, Richard Edson and Jim Sclavunos.

In their early career, Sonic Youth were associated with the No Wave art and music scene in New York City. Part of the first wave o ...read more

Sonic Youth is an American alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981. Since 1985, the band's line-up has consisted of Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo (both vocals and guitar), Kim Gordon (bass guitar, guitar and vocals) and Steve Shelley (drums). From 2000 to 2005 Jim O'Rourke became a full-time member as a multi-instrumentalist. Before Shelley, Sonic Youth went through several drummers, including Bob Bert, Richard Edson and Jim Sclavunos.

In their early career, Sonic Youth were associated with the No Wave art and music scene in New York City. Part of the first wave of American noise rock groups, the band carried out their interpretation of the punk rock ethos throughout the evolving American indie underground that focused more on the DIY ethic of the genre rather than its specific sound. They have found moderate mainstream success, and are generally seen as one of the leading alternative rock groups of their time.

Their inspirations were the likes of the guitar symphonies of Glenn Branca (with whom most of the band have performed), the heavy protopunk of The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, and MC5, the punk poetry of Patti Smith, the Krautrock of Can, the psychedelic garage rock of The 13th Floor Elevators, as well as avant-garde composers like John Cage. Sonic Youth were often praised for "redefin[ing] what rock guitar could do" using a wide variety of unorthodox guitar tunings, and preparing guitars with objects like screwdrivers to alter the instruments' timbre.

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LPs
The Eternal
2009

3.4
369 Votes
Rather Ripped
2006

3.6
440 Votes
Sonic Nurse
2004

3.8
408 Votes
Murray Street
2002

3.9
424 Votes
NYC Ghosts & Flowers
2000

2.6
235 Votes
A Thousand Leaves
1998

3.5
286 Votes
Washing Machine
1995

3.8
488 Votes
Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star
1994

3.2
320 Votes
Dirty
1992

3.7
729 Votes
Goo
1990

3.9
1,060 Votes
Daydream Nation
1988

4.4
2,068 Votes
Sister
1987

4.3
933 Votes
EVOL
1986

4.1
749 Votes
Bad Moon Rising
1985

3.6
424 Votes
Confusion Is Sex
1983

3.4
368 Votes
EPs
SYR 9: Simon Werner a Disparu
2011

3.4
42 Votes
SYR 8: Andre Sider Af Sonic Youth
2008

2.9
27 Votes
SYR 7: J'accuse Ted Hughes/Agnes B Musique
2008

3.1
22 Votes
SYR6: Koncertas Stan Brakhage Prisiminim
2005

2.9
15 Votes
SYR4: Goodbye 20th Century
1999

3.3
43 Votes
Silver Session (For Jason Knuth)
1998

3
24 Votes
SYR3: Invito Al Cielo
1997

3.1
23 Votes
SYR2: Slaapkamers Met Slagroom
1997

3.3
32 Votes
SYR1: Anagrama
1997

3.7
49 Votes
TV Shit
1993

2.2
21 Votes
Dirty Boots
1991

3.7
14 Votes
4 Tunna Brix
1990

3
1 Votes
Master-Dik
1988

2.5
22 Votes
Death Valley '69
1985

3.7
20 Votes
Kill Yr Idols
1983

3.3
66 Votes
Sonic Youth
1982

3.3
201 Votes
Live Albums
Smart Bar-Chicago 1985
01/01/2012

4
15 Votes
Battery Park NYC, July 4th 2008
2009

3.5
2 Votes
Blastic Scene
1995

Live Venlo, Holland 12.27.83
1995

Live In Bremen
1994

Live At The Continental Club
1992

Hold That Tiger
1991

3.2
13 Votes
Walls Have Ears
1986

Sonic Death
1984

3.3
11 Votes
Compilations
Spinhead Sessions
2016

3.4
8 Votes
Hits Are For Squares
2008

3.5
11 Votes
The Destroyed Room B-Sides and Rarities
2008

3.2
58 Votes
Confusion is Sex/Kill Yr Idols
1995

3.8
85 Votes
Made In USA
1995

2.5
25 Votes

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