Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth is a seminal American alternative rock group formed in New York City in 1981. In their early career, Sonic Youth were associated with the No Wave art and music scene in New York City, but have outlasted most associated bands. Part of the first wave of American noise rock groups, Sonic Youth carried out their interpretation of the punk rock ethos throughout the evolving American indie underground (as the title of their documentary 1991: The Year Punk Broke demonstrates) that focused more on the DIY ethic of the genre rather than its specific sound. They have found moderate mainstream success, and are generally seen as one of the leading alternative rock groups of their time. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_youth)

Saturday, 12 October 1985, "Dance Hall", 03:10 - 04:10

Line up
Thurston Moore – guitars, vocals; Lee Ranaldo – guitars, vocals, organ; Kim Gordon – bass, guitar, vocals; Steve Shelley – drums

Set list
01 Green light
02 Brother James
03 Death Valley '69
04 Brave men run
05 Flower
06 I love her all the time
07 Ghost bitch

A recording of the above set list exists, however, it's authenticity is disputed.

Emmanuel Tremblay comments on this recording: "I found this was a fake (if I remember correctly a mix of a few sources including 04-01-85)" -- he definitely knows his stuff, so this is probably true. It unfortunately also involves adjusting a bunch of statistics, a quite unpleasant task, so -- for now -- heed his wise warning. (http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/cc/101285.html)

Other info
Sonic Youth also played at Ein Abend in Wien, the one-off successor to Pandora's in 1991. More on this later. Maybe.

Article from festival booklet

Article from Oor magazine (1985/20)

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