Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth, initially comprised of guitarist / vocalists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, guitarist / bassist / vocalist Kim Gordon and drummer Richard Edson, were formed in New York City in 1981. A product of the No-Wave music scene of the late 1970s, the group had their roots in abrasive, experimental music, with Moore and Ranaldo having previously worked with the experimental composer Glenn Branca. The band were joined in 1985 by drummer Steve Shelley, and recorded 15 albums together, as well as many side and solo projects. Their work has been consistently challenging and innovative, and they are widely regarded as one of the most intriguing and influential bands of their time. This view has been added to by the strength of their record "Sonic Nurse", which also featured the talents of Jim O'Rourke. O'Rourke left the band in 2005. In 2006, Mark Ibold joined the group.

In September 2011, Sonic Youth went on "indefinite hiatus" following the separation of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore (the couple had been married since 1984).

Sonic Youth Discography Tracks


Sonic Youth Sonic Youth (Album) Neutral Records (3) US 1982 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Confusion Is Sex (Album) Neutral Records (3), Neutral Records (3) US 1983 Sell This Version
Sonic-Youth* Sonic-Death Sonic-Youth Live (Album) Ecstatic Peace! US 1984 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising (Album) Blast First, Homestead Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
NOT 1 (BUT 2) Sonic Youth Walls Have Ears(2xLP, Num) Not NOT 1 (BUT 2) UK 1986 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Evol (Album) SST Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Sister (Album) SST Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
CHAT1 Sonic Youth "Sister" Interview Disc(LP) Blast First CHAT1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation (Album) Enigma Records (3), Blast First Greece 1988 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Goo (Album) DGC US 1990 Sell This Version
1301, SY 1301 Sonic-Youth* Goo Demos(CD) Sonic Death, Sonic Death 1301, SY 1301 US 1991 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Hold That Tiger Goofin' Records, Goofin' Records US 1991 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Dirty (Album, Single, Comp) DGC Philippines 1992 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Live At The Continental Club (Album) Sonic Death, Sonic Death US 1992 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Experimental Jet Set, Trash And No Star (Album) DGC US 1994 Sell This Version
none Sonic Youth Live In Bremen(LP, Pic, Num) Not On Label (Sonic Youth) none 1994 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Washing Machine (Album, Comp) DGC US 1995 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Made In USA (Album) Rhino Records (2) Europe 1995 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Live Venlo, Holland 12.27.83 Sonic Death US 1995 Sell This Version
MLR 001 95 Sonic Youth Blastic Scene(CD, Ltd) Moneyland Records MLR 001 95 Portugal 1995 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth A Thousand Leaves (Album) DGC UK 1998 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Goodbye 20th Century (Album) Sonic Youth Records US 1999 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth NYC Ghosts & Flowers (Album) Geffen Records 2000 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Murray Street (Album) DGC Thailand 2002 Sell This Version
Sonic Youth Sonic Nurse (Album) DGC US 2004 Sell This Version

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November 13, 2016
I don't usually like to comment on here, but the first comment on this page should do nothing but reiterate the positive comments of rose1978 below. The Motörhead comparison is spot on, especially in terms of longevity and for what they mean to so many. They sounded like no other and despite the obvious influence they have had down the years on all manner of musicians, no other sounded quite like them.

Did they change my life? Well without the enduring love I have had for their music since I was a teenager, I simply wouldn't be 'me' at all. Along with the music of Swans they have created something that has bonded with me on a cellular level. They are and always will be part of me and in my blood...I owe them the warmest thanks and love for everything they've given me. I'll never forget attending their gig in the Forum in London some years back. My friend who I had turned on to them and I were treated to an amazing set and I can still feel the shiver that travelled down my spine when the unmistakable intro to Schizophrenia kicked off the the

Can't wait to see Thurston with Swans at the Roundhouse next year. The same venue I saw Sonic Youth play Daydream Nation in full. THANKS FOREVER SONIC YOUTH!


July 25, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
had to sell all theyr records after seeing the tall foxy (...) guy in every single documentary about 80's music.. not worth much.. did they really discover art ? anyway, I can understand art students like them, guess they are "cool"


August 8, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
Sonic Youth is something "PURE & ORIGINAL" in rock idiom. Sonic Youth is something unique. Sonic Youth has CHARACTER & ATTITUDE. Sonic Youth for alternative rock is like Motorhead for hard rock n roll music. Their music is simple & complex at the same time. They changed listener's & musician's status wordwide. Also they re from Big Apple.....RESPECT!


March 26, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
Sonic Youth pioneered a new approach to making music, a fusion of post punk and art rock that focused more on the music and the moods created by it, rather than a traditional verse/chorus arrangement. This can be powerful (Joni/Daydream Nation) and beautiful (Beauty Lies in the Eye/Sister) in equal measure.

The band began using non-traditional guitar tunings and methods to produce an awe-inspiring sound that had never been heard before. On Confusion is Sex, this sounds very raw, but by Sister, this sound had been perfected. For me, Sister is the band's peak. The epic Daydream Nation that followed is often hailed as their best, but nothing comes close to the sheer experimentation that resulted in Cotton Crown (Sister).

By Goo, the band had moved to the David Geffen label and perhaps due to the pressure of following up on Daydream Nation, the album sounds over produced and stifled, lacking the creative energy of their earlier releases. This was recaptured to some extent on Dirty, however the band moved away from their sonic experimentation roots to a new, more commercial sound from here on in.

I would list them as the most creative band since Pink Floyd by a mile. Sister and Daydream Nation are works of true genius.


January 1, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
Very underrated band in my opinion. Consistent with the high quality of their releases over such a long span.

I notice they're even widely unknown to people who actually care about indie / alternative rock and go to a lot of gigs, listening to Bloc Party, Maximo Park and the like (well, at least a few years back - you get the picture), for example, which seems unfair.


February 13, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
Who would've thought that 20 years down the road SY will still be playing music and moreover will be featured in cartoons ?
But it is happening, despite the fact that they're were one of the most abrasive bands around in the 80's and even though they lessened a volume little bit by now, it still holds true to some extent. Of course, its not always hits in case of SY and there are plenty of misses in my humble opinion, but still...
They put "noise" in "noise rock" and did almost inevitable - forced masses to appreciate loud and filthy distorted sound, as opposed to traditional pop/rock wankery.

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