About Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth was one of the most influential bands of the ’80s and ’90s, as their music bridged the punk underground and alternative rock mainstream.
∙ Founded in 1981, Sonic Youth was initially part of New York City’s experimental music scene, releasing their discordant first records on a label owned by No Wave musician Glenn Branca.
∙ During the mid-’80s, the band and Minutemen bassist Mike Watt had a side-project named after Madonna, Ciccone Youth, which performed deconstructed covers of the pop icon’s songs.
∙ Daydream Nation, Sonic Youth’s 1988 breakthrough LP, made Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and is included in the US National Recording Registry.
∙ Their 1990 major-label debut, Goo—which featured the propulsive single “Dirty Boots” and Chuck D collaboration “Kool Thing”—paved the way for the rise of such bands as Nirvana.
∙ Frontwoman Kim Gordon was an inspiration to early-’90s riot grrrl movement artists, including Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna, who appeared in Sonic Youth’s video for “Bull In the Heather.”
∙ The group has been cited as an influence by art-rock act Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Icelandic indie troupe Sigur Rós, and the rocker Beck, who covered their 1986 song “Green Light.”
ORIGINNew York, NY