Friday, October 30, 2009

Sean, Madonna, and Me

I'm probably not a true Sonic Youth fan, and I'm OK with that. I'm a casual fan I suppose.

Well, I was a casual fan.

I just listened to 2009's The Eternal and it makes me wonder what I ever saw in them. In fact, did I really know who they were, or did I just associate them with Nirvana and Mudhoney and assume that I was a fan? Do you remember the 90's? Were you alive in the 80's? Did we really listen to this shit?

I should like Sonic Youth, I suppose. There is a lot to admire about them. I understand why they have so many insanely raging fans. They pioneered Alternative Music as we have come to know it. That's probably hard to believe, especially when taking a listen to any one of their tracks. Try "Thunderclap for Bobby Pyn." This is probably the best track on the album, so it might leave you wondering just what I'm bitching about.


Download Sonic Youth - Thunderclap for Bobby Pyn

But honestly, when you find a way to start a truly punk band - in the punk ethos, rather than the punk sound - in the early 80's and move it progressively forward but remain threateningly indie, and experiment with the guitar without becoming a rock band... It seems to me that this is how you create that crazy, confusing genre called Alternative.

And the members of Sonic Youth are musicians I should look up to and respect. So I will give them cred. I'm just not digging this sound. I don't get why anyone would accept this from a band for almost 30 full years.

Here's what I'm bitching about:


Download Sonic Youth - Leaky Lifeboat

So there you have it. My review of Sonic Youth's eightieth album in as many years is... What the hell is this all about anyway?

Thank you, don't forget to tip your waiters.

1 comment:

Neil said...

What are you even talking about? The Eternal is excellent.