Ciccone Youth
The Whitey Album


4.5
superb

Review

by something vague USER (16 Reviews)
May 29th, 2006 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist


Sometimes obssessions can turn into weird affairs. Mark David Chapman comes to mind. Then again, so do the members of Sonic Youth, who by the mid '80s were infatuated with Madonna, the reigning pop queen of the time. Then again, you can't blame them; everyone loves watching pop singers dancing around to jaunty little tunes like "Like a Virgin" and such and such. The Whitey Album is also an off-hand reference to the band's desire to cover The Beatles' self-titled album in it's entirety, something that I would truly love to hear.

These ideas can be found as early as March 1986, during the recording sessions of EVOL, where Sonic Youth intended a few tracks to be included on a Madonna tribute 7" that apparently never happened. However, as a result of the mad-scientist toying went on, we are left with one of the strangest and wonderfully useless albums of the 80s, The Whitey Album.

Ciccone Youth (pronounced "chick-oh-nay") are:

The Royal Tuff Titty
Fly Fly Away
The Sigh
SS Beat Control
Mike Watt

The basic sound of The Whitey Album can only be summed up in a listing of crap contained within the songs: drum machines, beat boxing, freestyle rapping, noise collages, Madonna covers, rickety percussion, and general artistic hilarity. "Needle Gun" opens the album with percussive clanks, static, and tuneless mumbling, and is followed by a minute of silence appropriately listed as "(silence)". "G-Force", like many of the songs on the album, features Fly Fly Away's confusing psuedo-rants that are more artistically retarded than intelligent. "MacBeth" is well-constructed instrumental piece filled with guitar squeels and drum machine coolosity, almost as trippy as it is simple. "Children of Satan-Third Fig" proves to be twice as rockin' as the former, with hand claps and subdued, chiming guitars.

Stuff like "Hi! Everybody" and "Tuff Titty Rap" are pure genius, whether it be weird 80s dance-pop-funk with helium talking or thirty second tittycore freestyle rapping. "Two Cool Rock Chicks Listening to Neu" is on par with these: Fly Fly Away and Suzanne Sasic (Sonic Youth's lighting director) talking about managing Dinosaur Jr. or Red Kross, but then moves on to a ripping guitar solo courtesy of J. Mascis and obscure dance-pop covered in obtrusive noises and static.

What may be the best thing about The Whitey Album, though, is the inclusion of several covers, or interpretations, of Madonna, Sonic Youth, and Robert Palmer songs. "Burnin' Up" is a rockin' rendition of the Madonna tune, sounding like '80s ZZ Top on downers, while "Into the Groovey" is an insane rendition of the lady's "Into the Groove", perfectly composed with hit-hat shimmies, echoing handclaps, distorted gutiar, synthesizer, dollar store-megaphone vocals along with normal, ironic vocals, and samples of the original vocal scattered about. Pure, lovely trash. "Addicted to Love" is song by Fly Fly Away, recorded at a karoake booth in a shopping mall, contributing to the omnipresent amount of rulage that goes along with it. Let your imagination run wild on that one. "Making the Nature Scene" is a remix of the song present on Sonic Youth's Confusion is Sex, with cheesy drum machines, turntable sratches, and a half-assed vocal performance perfect for such a half-assed album.

What is The Whitey Album, anyway? Is it an injoke that people probably didn't get when it wa released, the worst album ever made, or the greatest album ever made? Well, it's none of those; if any, The Whitey Album is pure bliss, whether or not it's a pile of recycled rubbish or a genius, sarcastic, ironic, obsessive tribute to Madonna.

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masada
May 29th 2006


2733 Comments


Also note the recommended albums.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 29th 2006


15737 Comments


Oh lord, Rappin Rodney.

Digging: Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

Neoteric
May 29th 2006


3243 Comments


Argh, you bitch....

The Jungler
May 29th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've wanted to check this for a while... but it seems really wierd. Great review, a fun read.

Two-Headed Boy
May 29th 2006


4527 Comments


I've heard some horrible things about this, but you make it sounds really promising. Well done.

The Jungler
May 29th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening to it right now via Rhapsody, (Silence) = Epic

Two-Headed Boy
May 29th 2006


4527 Comments


Hm.. I always thought it was pronouce si-kone.

masada
May 29th 2006


2733 Comments


Listen to "Master-Dik". Thurston pronounces it "chick-oh-nay" there too.

The Jungler
May 29th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just finished, not quite as good as you described, pretty fookin' great (not to mention hilarious). The songs without vocals seem to be alot better than the ones with though, minus Hendrix Cosby and the Madonna covers. Actually I'm having a hard time staying away from rating this a 4.5 myself...

wtf?

EDIT: Oh yea, and Tuff Titty Rap is one of the best songs I've ever listened too.This Message Edited On 05.29.06

Bukowski
May 30th 2006


45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is smoooooth.



Jawaharal
June 3rd 2006


1832 Comments


tittycore freestyle rapping is probably the best genre ever.

I have this sitting around my room somewhere and I have a big urge to rock my balls out to it.

pulseczar
June 5th 2006


2385 Comments


(silence) is the defining song of modern music.

Jawaharal
June 9th 2006


1832 Comments


So I rebought this and listened to it again. Its pretty rad. Tuff Titty Rap and Silence are proof that Sonic Youth are the best band ever.

Hatshepsut
June 15th 2006


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Tuff Titty Rap and Silence are proof that Sonic Youth are the best band ever.

Ironically I got this when I was downloading Sonic Youth. Hm.

masada
June 15th 2006


2733 Comments


A three?

Blasphemy.

Two-Headed Boy
August 3rd 2006


4527 Comments


Ha ha I can picture Rappin' Rodney.

"Yo, I'm rappin' Rodney and I'm here to say, something something I was in Caddyshack!"

redshift912
October 21st 2006


31 Comments


just so people who read this that dont know...silence is exacly what it is silence(in case there downloading the song and paying for it, that would be sorta a ripoff

redshift912
October 21st 2006


31 Comments


i also like the mike watt reference in titty

Zmev
October 21st 2006


983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This record is pretty nuts.

any14doomsday
January 10th 2007


679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The whole album is just silly, but its fun to listen to occasionally.
The tuff titty rap is awesome.



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