Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

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.”

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY
  • FORMED
    1981

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