The Sonic-Youth* ‎– Sister

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Sonic Youth's fifth album, loosely inspired by the writings of Philip K. Dick. Recorded in a studio that used all tubes, the band was very happy with its sound.

The cover art on early pressings featured a Richard Avedon photograph ("Sandra Bennett, twelve year old, Rocky Ford, Colorado, August 23, 1980"), but this was removed following a threat of legal action from Avedon in early 1988. The offending image was initially stickered, and subsequently printed over with black ink (but still visible). On later copies it was replaced entirely by a black rectangle and/or obscured by a printed barcode.
The cover also features a photograph of Disney's Magic Kingdom, which was also obscured on some later versions. This image is commonly misunderstood to have been the cause of the potential lawsuit.

"Sister" is sometimes referred to as the band's fourth album, but the band itself considers the eponymous release to have been an album, making "Sister" number five.

'Hot Wire My Heart' originally performed by Crime (2) in 1976.

Tracklist

Schizophrenia 4:37
(I Got A) Catholic Block 3:28
Beauty Lies In The Eye 2:12
Stereo Sanctity 3:46
Pipeline / Kill Time 4:31
Tuff Gnarl 3:12
Pacific Coast Highway 4:25
Hot Wire My Heart 3:20
Kotton Krown 5:04
White Kross 2:39

Versions (59)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SST 134 The Sonic-Youth* Sister(LP, Album) SST Records SST 134 US 1987 Sell This Version
SST CD 134 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album) SST Records SST CD 134 US 1987 Sell This Version
BFFP 20 CD Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album) Blast First BFFP 20 CD UK 1987 Sell This Version
BFFP 20 CD Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, M/Print) Blast First BFFP 20 CD UK 1987 Sell This Version
SSTC 134 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album) SST Records SSTC 134 USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
SSTC 134 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album) SST Records SSTC 134 USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
SSTC 134 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album) SST Records SSTC 134 USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
BFFP 20C Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, Bla) Blast First BFFP 20C UK 1987 Sell This Version
TORSO 33040 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Torso, Blast First TORSO 33040 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
BFFP 20 Sonic-Youth* Sister(LP, Album) Blast First BFFP 20 UK 1987 Sell This Version
2387-08, BFFP 20 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Recordvox, Blast First 2387-08, BFFP 20 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
NUN 001 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Flying Nun Records NUN 001 New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
BFFP 20 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Blast First BFFP 20 UK 1987 Sell This Version
GA-165 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Grabaciones Accidentales GA-165 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
Di.-Di. Records 111, DD 111, Δ.Δ. 111, none Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Di Di Music, Di Di Music, Di Di Music, Blast First Di.-Di. Records 111, DD 111, Δ.Δ. 111, none Greece 1987 Sell This Version
70533 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Virgin, Mute 70533 France 1987 Sell This Version
ANDA 60 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Au Go Go ANDA 60 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
SST 134 The Sonic-Youth* Sister(LP, Album, TP) SST Records SST 134 US 1987 Sell This Version
Bffp20 The Sonic-Youth* Sister(LP, Album, TP) Blast First Bffp20 UK 1987 Sell This Version
SST 134 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, Cen) SST Records SST 134 US 1988 Sell This Version
TORSO 33040 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, MP, RP) Torso, Blast First TORSO 33040 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
230.4011 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Stiletto 230.4011 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
DGCD-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, Club, RE) DGC DGCD-24514 US 1994 Sell This Version
DGCMD 24514 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) DGC DGCMD 24514 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
DGCD-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) DGC DGCD-24514 US 1994 Sell This Version
DGCD-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) DGC DGCD-24514 US 1994 Sell This Version
GED 24514 The Sonic Youth* Sister(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records GED 24514 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
DGCC-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, RE) Geffen Records DGCC-24514 US 1994 Sell This Version
DGCC-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Geffen Records DGCC-24514 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
MVCG-21016, GEFD-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records, Geffen Records MVCG-21016, GEFD-24514 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
BFFP 20 CD Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) Blast First BFFP 20 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
493 667-1 The Sonic Youth* Sister(LP, Album, RE) Geffen Records 493 667-1 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
AN-2245 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) ArsNova AN-2245 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
UICY-2114 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records UICY-2114 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
ORGM-1006, B0013422-01 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pur) ORG Music, Universal Music Special Markets ORGM-1006, B0013422-01 US 2010 Sell This Version
ORGM-1006, B0013422-01 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE, RM) ORG Music, Universal Music Special Markets ORGM-1006, B0013422-01 US 2010 Sell This Version
ORGM-1006, ORG-044 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE, RM, TP, 180) ORG Music, ORG Music ORGM-1006, ORG-044 US 2010 Sell This Version
ORG-044 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE, RM, TP, 180) ORG Music ORG-044 US 2010 Sell This Version
Goo 020 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) Goofin' Records Goo 020 US 2016 Sell This Version
Goo 020 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE) Goofin' Records Goo 020 US 2016 Sell This Version
Goo 020 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE) Goofin' Records Goo 020 US 2020 Sell This Version
none Sonic Youth Sister(11xFile, FLAC, Album) Squeaky Squawk none Unknown
BFFP 20 CD The Sonic Youth* Sister(CD, Album) Blast First BFFP 20 CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
GED 24514, 4245142 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records, Geffen Records GED 24514, 4245142 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
GED 24514, 4245142 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records, Geffen Records GED 24514, 4245142 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
SST CD 134 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) SST Records SST CD 134 US Unknown Sell This Version
DGCD-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) DGC DGCD-24514 US Unknown Sell This Version
GED 24514, 4245142 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records, Geffen Records GED 24514, 4245142 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
DGCD-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) DGC DGCD-24514 US Unknown Sell This Version
DGCD-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE, RP) DGC DGCD-24514 US Unknown Sell This Version
BFFP 20 CD Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RP) Blast First BFFP 20 CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
BFFP 20C Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, Bla) Blast First BFFP 20C UK Unknown Sell This Version
BFFP 20C Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, Cle) Blast First BFFP 20C UK Unknown Sell This Version
DGCC-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, RE) DGC DGCC-24514 Thailand Unknown Sell This Version
021-0703 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Delta (23) 021-0703 Unknown Sell This Version
1118 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Piggymot Records 1118 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
SST 134 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE) SST Records SST 134 US Unknown Sell This Version
SST 134 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE, Pur) SST Records SST 134 US Unknown Sell This Version
BFFP 20 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RP) Blast First BFFP 20 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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verdantdivision

verdantdivision

April 11, 2021
referencing Sister, LP, Album, RE, Goo 020
this has gotta be my favorite of any of the goofin reissues
jakoblenz1776

jakoblenz1776

March 18, 2021
referencing Sister, LP, Album, RP, BFFP 20
My copy has heavy gloss inner sleeve too, as 1st press !
tofrob

tofrob

December 25, 2020
referencing Sister, LP, Album, BFFP 20
i have a poster with my copy...is that right or has someone just slipped it in ?
trickbag

trickbag

November 26, 2020
referencing Sister, LP, Album, RE, Pur, SST 134
This version is from the early 90's with probably around 1500 pressed.
decca-ffs

decca-ffs

September 3, 2020
referencing Sister, LP, Album, BFFP 20
My copy came with a copy of the (Wyndham Lewis tribute) Blast First catalogue.
themopepope

themopepope

July 8, 2020
referencing Sister, LP, Album, SST 134
If anyone has an inner sleeve that they’re willing to part with message me
enorman83

enorman83

June 3, 2020
referencing Sister, LP, Album, Di.-Di. Records 111, DD 111, Δ.Δ. 111, none
Is the purple box on the face of the Richard Avedon photo on the back cover actually there on some pressings, or is that image photoshopped? Because my copy is completely uncensored.
AudioVideoData

AudioVideoData

April 30, 2020
referencing Sister, CD, Album, RE, DGCMD 24514
Does anyone know if all the CD reissues of 1994 had the Dennis Cooper short-story in the insert?
jestoon

jestoon

August 14, 2018
referencing Sister, LP, Album, SST 134
how does this sound in comparison to the Pallas reissue from 2016? I loved that version
mrborsomething

mrborsomething

October 9, 2017
referencing Sister, LP, Album, RE, Pur, SST 134
from what I remember this was an edition of 100 copies but was also rereleased in purple in the 1990s