Sonic Youth Announce Separation
2011-10-15 by Prince1993 | 96 Comments
Sonic Youth super-couple Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore have split up after 27 years of marriage and the future of the band they've played in together since 1981 is unclear.

"Musicians Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, married in 1984, are announcing they have separated. Sonic Youth, with both Kim and Thurston involved, will proceed with its South American tour dates in November. Plans beyond that tour are uncertain. The couple has requested respect for their personal privacy and does not wish to issue further comment," the rep said.

http://www.spin.com/articles/kim-gordon-and-thurston-moore-announce-split
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Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2011
17225 Comments


kind of a misleading news title tbh. still pissed my dad saw them last year with Pavement and I didn't.

SinkToTheBeets
October 15th 2011
68 Comments


whaaaatttt? really unexpected news.

ShadowRemains
October 15th 2011
21364 Comments


damn...

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2011
31493 Comments


Yeah, i'd fix up the news title

Sonic Youth Future Uncertain maybe?

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WeepingBanana
October 15th 2011
10206 Comments


so sad

=[

cvlts
October 15th 2011
8977 Comments


band hasn't been relevant for awhile. lame anyways... if this means a split

Winesburgohio
October 15th 2011
1057 Comments


I'm too scared to read the article but I hope the title references Sonic Youth titling a new album 'quits'. PLEASE HIGHER POWERS MAKE IT SO

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McMegaMountain
October 15th 2011
213 Comments


band hasn't been relevant for awhile? Excuse me? Sonic Youth will always be relevant. Just because you're replacing your tampons with your ratshit techno and fag rock, doesn't make Sonic Youth less relevant to the music industry. douche.

Jack and Meg White split years ago, doesn't change anything about the music. Sonic Youth will not be breaking up because of this. Who knows, maybe they'll enter a 4th decade with a 4th transition. They rarely disappoint.

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Kris.
October 15th 2011
12429 Comments


hahahahaha butthurt fans are always the best

Scoot
October 15th 2011
17887 Comments


haven't been good in years

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AsoTamaki
October 15th 2011
2525 Comments


Always good for a laugh.

cvlts
October 15th 2011
8977 Comments


ratshit techno and fag rock

got me pinned, man

McMegaMountain
October 15th 2011
213 Comments


Saying Sonic Youth "isn't relevant" proves your ignorance to music. That's like saying 'The Cure isn't relevant" or "The Beatles aren't relevant." It's a pathetic statement, plus it undermines the second half of your post.

Kris.
October 15th 2011
12429 Comments


hey remember that album the beatles released last year wasnt it awesome aoty 4sure

AsoTamaki
October 15th 2011
2525 Comments


Relevant to the current music scene.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2011
31493 Comments


Godamn ratshit techno

McMegaMountain
October 15th 2011
213 Comments


The Eternal was released in 2009. They're still actively touring. They've influenced bands like No Age, Deerhunter, and most of the lo fi, shoegaze, noise rock genres.

Saying that Eve 6 hasn't been relevant for some time would be an accurate statement, but a band still touring and producing albums, EPs, soundtracks, etc as being irrelevant, and influencing 50% of the genres people purchase these days, is an ignorant statement.

Puzzles
October 15th 2011
3065 Comments


50%? That's a pretty big call, buddy.

Urinetrouble
October 15th 2011
5764 Comments


the beatles are so influential. especially on black metal

McMegaMountain
October 15th 2011
213 Comments


Yeah good call, that's probably a bit of an overstatement. Maybe more like 15% now that I think about it. Still, they're relevant.

and some could consider "helter skelter" the birth of modern metal. I don't quite agree but it's been said. By some asshole.

AsoTamaki
October 15th 2011
2525 Comments


The Beatles invented heavy metal, you fool.

Kris.
October 15th 2011
12429 Comments


hey whens the last time they released a good album

Kris.
October 15th 2011
12429 Comments


btw daydream nation is easily one of the worst albums ever

Puzzles
October 15th 2011
3065 Comments


"the beatles are so influential. especially on black metal"

Yeah, I can really hear alot of Abbey Road in Vikingligr Veldi

liledman
October 15th 2011
3826 Comments


theyre earlier releases will always be relevant and continue to influence people, but a lot of people dont even know sonic youth are still putting shit out. the newer releases hardly have any impact.

EpsilonJSTC
October 15th 2011
247 Comments


AsoTamaki, you misspelled "Kinks".

On topic, this really sucks. I've never had the chance to see them live, now it seems like I never will. :[

Urinetrouble
October 15th 2011
5764 Comments


"The Beatles invented heavy metal, you fool."

lollolooolooloooololooololooolol


on another note, tis a sad day for music

McMegaMountain
October 15th 2011
213 Comments


Well that's a subjective answer. As a fan of Sonic Youth I'd say 2009. The Eternal had some great songs on it - Antenna was one of their best of their career imo. A few songs were below their standards but at least 75% of the album was good.

Rather Ripped was solid, Incinerate is a great track, Do You Believe in Rapture, great track. Sonic Nurse is the last album Pitchfork awarded a BNM to, but RR appeared on their top 50 of 2006 I think. Some may say Murray Street which was 2002. The only time the band has faltered was late 90s/early 00s. Not much going on from 96-2001.

But Goo? Sister? Even Washing Machine? Underrated.

AsoTamaki
October 15th 2011
2525 Comments


Yeah, as a fan.

A Thousand Leaves was the last thing that had any impact whatsoever. How many years has it been since Washing Machine?

FFL
October 15th 2011
12 Comments


hi.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2011
23976 Comments


"band hasn't been relevant for awhile? Excuse me? Sonic Youth will always be relevant. Just because you're replacing your tampons with your ratshit techno and fag rock, doesn't make Sonic Youth less relevant to the music industry. douche. "

haha awesome.

never got into these guys really, ive been meaning to dl daydream nation though. i dont really like pavement though does that mean Ill probably not like Sonic Youth as well?

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WhiteNoise
October 15th 2011
3244 Comments


"The Beatles invented heavy metal, you fool"

I dunno...Helter Skelter was pretty br00tal for the 60's...

EpsilonJSTC
October 15th 2011
247 Comments


@Aids
I don't like Pavement, but I love Sonic Youth. So you might like 'em. Give them a shot.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2011
23976 Comments


word, thanks

RooseveltsGhost
October 15th 2011
863 Comments


Jiminy!

FearThyEvil
October 15th 2011
12694 Comments


I'm going to get flamed but I agree with UhhKris. Band is massively overrated for one good album and they were nothing special.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2011
6506 Comments


Not liking a band =/= band being massively overrated.

You'd be surprised how many of your favorite bands are influenced one way or another by Sonic Youth...

Sad news btw.

GeoffJesterPemberton
October 15th 2011
209 Comments


Band is bland. Kinda indifferent about the misleading news.

DoubtGin
October 15th 2011
6752 Comments


pretty sad

was like the perfect couple

Cerbyrus
October 15th 2011
568 Comments


Sad news. :[

Wizard
October 15th 2011
19616 Comments


Sad day, I like this band quite a bit.

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Ovrot
October 15th 2011
10554 Comments


Wait till later
This gonna cause a Teen Age Riot

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Titan50
October 15th 2011
4588 Comments


Misleading title

Fort23
October 15th 2011
2480 Comments


wow thats unexpected

jefflebowski
October 15th 2011
8257 Comments


one of the most consistent bands around. I dunno what everyone's on about them not being good since 20 years ago, Rather Ripped, Sonic Nurse and Murray St. are all excellent

MUNGOLOID
October 15th 2011
4350 Comments


fuck man, they're one of the only bands i ever wanted to see live.

scissorlocked
October 15th 2011
3511 Comments


this is not the end

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AsoTamaki
October 15th 2011
2525 Comments


No, it is not. Just because they'll no longer be performing in bed together, it doesn't mean they'll stop performing onstage. Relax.

paxman
October 15th 2011
4084 Comments


Wow, Sonic Youth has been a band that's been around since I was born and that I've never bothered to listen to, like NOFX, and now they're calling it quits but unfortunately I doubt I'll be listening any time soon OH WAIT IT'S NOT THE BAND THAT'S BREAKING UP

AggravatedYeti
October 15th 2011
7685 Comments


Kim and Thurston separating is a far cry from "calling it quits."

porch
October 15th 2011
8460 Comments


their last few albums have been quite good in that predictable latter era SY kind of way, they've become too comfortable and homogenous with their sound but still

because this is sonic youth and there's more discussion about their influence and "importance" than the actual music it seems like a lot of people just blanket-dismiss their recent output because the general rock critic perception is that they no longer have their finger on the pulse of indie rock or whatever. forming your own opinions is too much work



AggravatedYeti
October 15th 2011
7685 Comments


their late career work is pretty f'in excellent though : (

porch
October 15th 2011
8460 Comments


their late career work is pretty f'in excellent though : (


yeah a lot of it is, my other comment wasn't supposed to sound too negative

murray street rules

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2011
31493 Comments


Wait, band stopped redefining genres but still put out consistently great material? Well shit.... they totally went downhill

Shrapnel94
October 15th 2011
2213 Comments


Where the fuck did it say that the band split up

Only Thurston and Kim split up

psykonaut
October 15th 2011
3913 Comments


yeah fuck this article title
still, sonic youth is one of the best bands of all time and kim and thurston were like the ultimate rock couple so this is terrible awful news

iFghtffyrdmns
October 15th 2011
7047 Comments


yo let's keep bitching about how the title is unclear that'll change things.

psykonaut
October 15th 2011
3913 Comments


i mean it has in the past, it got the misleading title of the weezer bassist shit changed

iFghtffyrdmns
October 15th 2011
7047 Comments


wellllllllll
yeah idk

Prince1993
October 15th 2011
552 Comments


I posted this before passing out after taking the first ever joint in my life
ohhh and so sad, Sonic Youth were awesome

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iFghtffyrdmns
October 15th 2011
7047 Comments


lol

demigod!
October 15th 2011
45005 Comments


really hope they stay together as a band, i'd love to see them someday.

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2011
6506 Comments


Same here, have yet to see them live : (

sixthgoldenticket
October 15th 2011
1176 Comments


i'm more sad over thurston and kim breaking up than if sonic youth broke up

xfearbefore
October 15th 2011
1246 Comments


So hurt.

Hopefully this will be a positive change for the both of them and I really, really hope that this doesn't mean we'll never see another Sonic Youth album again. Some time off might be best, I just hope it isn't permanent.

Sadness.

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2011
15070 Comments


yeah i heard about this. that's sad

CrownOfMagnets
October 15th 2011
2314 Comments


they will still fuck [2]

ohfoxxxycole
October 15th 2011
4353 Comments


hey dickhead eve 6 are relevant

lobby
October 15th 2011
1251 Comments


Thurston Moore's 2011 output is good

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2011
31493 Comments


Who the hell are Eve 6?

someguest
October 15th 2011
21263 Comments


Separation is going to be an awesome album!

AsoTamaki
October 15th 2011
2525 Comments


I wanna put my tender heart in a blender; watch it spin around to a beautiful oblivion.

Knott-
Emeritus
October 15th 2011
10198 Comments


REM, then this. Even if you don't like these bands you have to appreciate that if Sonic Youth were to end 2011 would have seen the demise of 2 bands people will look back on in 30/40 years and say "that mattered."

ohfoxxxycole
October 15th 2011
4353 Comments


they're kinda like rush

someguest
October 15th 2011
21263 Comments


they're kinda like rush


boring? contrived? fans are stupid?

paxman
October 15th 2011
4084 Comments


Stfu someguest and how do you like our six point lead?

someguest
October 15th 2011
21263 Comments


i don't know what to think

other than ron washington can boogie

ultrasound
October 15th 2011
1 Comments


No good.


And I thought this would be one of those bands, one of those relationships even, that would last until death.

paxman
October 15th 2011
4084 Comments


You've still got the Lions (assuming you're a fan).

someguest
October 15th 2011
21263 Comments


Of course. It's been a bad day for me - the Tigers season is ending and the University of Michigan got smoked by the green losers.

paxman
October 16th 2011
4084 Comments


Ah. It's an interesting match-up tomorrow between the Lions and Niners. You think the Lions will remain undefeated? I for one think SF's blowout last week against TB was a fluke. They're good, but they're not that good. I do think Alex Smith will surprise some people though. Detroit on the other hand are a scary team. I'm a die-hard Packers fan, always have been, and that Detroit Lions team makes me nervous.

sheelanagig
October 16th 2011
44 Comments


Kim is now single huh?! I wonder if she's interested in a 20-year old Loser (in a beautiful way!) ?
I mean she's still pretty hot !

accompliceofmydeath
October 16th 2011
4297 Comments


Sucks

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toxin.
October 16th 2011
12777 Comments


"btw daydream nation is easily one of the worst albums ever"

Not only is this needlessly hyperbolic, it's wrong. Just wrong.

LegendofPittman
October 16th 2011
2958 Comments


I am a very sad panda. DN is easily one of my favorite albums of all time.

Awesomesauce
October 17th 2011
1084 Comments


Splitting up that record collection will be a barrel of laughs

SCREAMorphine
October 17th 2011
1761 Comments


Ohh well, Haven't been intrest in them for a long time

wabbit
October 17th 2011
7020 Comments


COULDWINARABBIT IS GONNA TRY TO HAVE SEX WITH KIM GORDON HARD!!!!


but like if I don't this kinda sucks cause they're the best live band ever and holy shit do they make
lots good of music lots of the time and rarely make bad music most of the time.

Ire
October 17th 2011
41822 Comments


Kim and Thurston are both available for Miles omg

wabbit
October 17th 2011
7020 Comments


man have you ever seen Thurston the man has spent the last 40 years of his life on hard drugs there is no way in shit he can get his dick up.


I mean kim has fared no better but if I was stoned enough I'd think she was 22 and hot.

Ire
October 17th 2011
41822 Comments


lol

wabbit
October 18th 2011
7020 Comments


I mean they have still done a shitload better than Kim Deal and Frank Black cause where they would spend the fight club money on meth to stay skinny the pixies clearly spent it all on hot pockets.

Ire
October 18th 2011
41822 Comments


hahaha you are on fire

psykonaut
October 18th 2011
3913 Comments


loool

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2011
50872 Comments


So true

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struth
October 19th 2011
435 Comments


:'(



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