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Band: Sonic Youth

Postby stewie on Thu Nov 20, 2003 5:39 pm

Some astonishing highs, some stupendous lows. My scales are tipped in favour of NOT CRAP, but yours may differ.
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Re: Band: Sonic Youth

Postby sixteenrev on Thu Nov 20, 2003 5:51 pm

yeah, its tough.. i'll do the album rundown...

Sonic Youth EP: not crap
Confusion is sex: not crap
Bad Moon Rising: mmm.. hmmm... crap
Evol: not crap
Sister: not crap
Daydream Nation: not crap
Ciccone Youth: mmm...not crap
Goo: ... tough one ..... crap
Dirty: not crap
Experimental Jet Set: mm.. not crap
Washing Machine: not crap
Thousand Leaves: crap
NYC Ghosts: CRAP
Murray Street: crap

ok.. not crap
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Postby tmidgett on Thu Nov 20, 2003 5:52 pm

way too good at their best, over too many records to be anything but

not crap
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Postby the Classical on Thu Nov 20, 2003 6:01 pm

their "lows" I have never thought were quite as low as people make them out to be, they have a couple records I don't like as much, but they still have the ability to blow minds on record and in person

not crap
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Postby SchnappM on Thu Nov 20, 2003 7:48 pm

I have never liked Sonic Youth, and I probably never will. I don't hate them (ok, MAYBE Lee Ranaldo), and they've influenced many artists I listen to, but IMO bands like And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead just do it better.
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Postby howiemarx on Thu Nov 20, 2003 8:13 pm

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Postby SchnappM on Thu Nov 20, 2003 8:27 pm

howiemarx wrote:trail of dead crap


We'll see soon enough, won't we?
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Postby Miko on Fri Nov 21, 2003 1:22 am

It doesn't take a genius to make your own tuning then bang your guitar around. Don't get me wrong some of it's good. They sound like they're on BAD drugs.
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yeah...

Postby djanes1 on Fri Nov 21, 2003 2:24 am

They put out too many side projects to rip off their fans. But as far as their studio albums go, their lowest points are basically just less innovative and more annoying than their best work. And their best work is far above most bands best work. Yeah, it doesnt take a genius to detune their guitar and bang on it. But Sonic Youth was the first band to do so and write pop songs with those detuned guitars, so there really is a lot of creativity going on.

I second the Trail of Dead crap. its ok as a gateway to better stuff when your in high school, but come on.
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Postby the Classical on Fri Nov 21, 2003 6:21 am

Miko wrote: They sound like they're on BAD drugs.


and yr point is?
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Postby Mr. Chimp on Fri Nov 21, 2003 9:10 am

Did you ever have one of those bands that everyone was into and was all excited about when they came to town and when a new album came out, and you were curious as to what the deal was and you went and bought and listened to the records and didn't care?

And then you're at a party or driving or whatever and someone plays a song or a record and you're like "Holy crap THAT was Sonic Youth" and you find out what record or song it was and buy it and listen to it over and over and it's totally boring?

This has happened with just about every album by Sonic Youth.

I have found enjoyable experiences with SY as soundtrack, but really only around the Daydream Nation, Goo and Murray Street albums. And live, once out of a couple times.

And only 10% of anything that has to do with Kim Gordon's vocal choices and stylings.

It's a sorry personal realization, but

Sonic Youth = Crap
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Postby Dylan on Fri Nov 21, 2003 9:32 am

This was a tough one, but they haven't moved me in quite a long time. Even listening to their early records doesn't do so much for me anymore. Maybe I've heard better, maybe I'm just over that "phase", I don't know. I'll go with CRAP, even though it was great to have them around.

It doesn't take a genius to make your own tuning then bang your guitar around.


This, though, is not a good argument. It doesn't take a genius to play in regular tuning and strum a few chords, either, but plenty of people do it well.
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Postby Punkrok666 on Fri Dec 19, 2003 7:44 am

I pretty much agree with sixteenrev, except that I think that Murray Street is one of their best albums.
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Postby .eater on Sun Dec 21, 2003 9:17 am

not crap by a long shot
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Postby Mayfair on Sun Dec 21, 2003 11:25 am

"Sister" and "Evol" alone give them a teflon 'not crap' rating, no matter what else they do.

Not crap.
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Postby Peripatetic on Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:14 am

I had to bump this one up.

Yesterday for the first time in eons, I got out the SY records that I've in the past thought to be "bad". These included: Bad Moon Rising, Ciccone Youth (if that counts) Experimental Jetset, A Thousand Leaves, NYC Ghosts and Flowers. The conclusion I came to was that Sonic Youth never made a bad record. There are some that aren't as good as others (Bad Moon Rising) and there are some I simply don't like (NYC Ghosts and Flowers), but none of them are bad, and they are still much better than a lot of other bullshit that is allowed to exist. So while I've never thought SY was anywhere near overall crap, my realization that they've never been even remotely close to crap, even for one record's time, merited resurrecting this thread to issue a resounding NOT CRAP.

Salut! Sonic Youth

Oh, and P.S.: I also realized I really funking love A Thousand Leaves.
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Postby Angriest_Dragon on Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:18 am

If it wasn't for my discovery of this band when I was 13, then I'd probably have ended up in a Creed-esque hard rock band.

NOT CRAP
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Postby Gramsci on Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:31 am

Angriest_Dragon wrote:If it wasn't for my discovery of this band when I was 13, then I'd probably have ended up in a Creed-esque hard rock band.

NOT CRAP


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Postby Peripatetic on Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:47 am

If I hadn't discovered discovered Nickelback at age 24, I'd probably be in a noisy indie rock band.
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Postby Marsupialized on Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:16 pm

I think I might be the only person on earth who feels this way but I think Murray Street and 1000 Leaves are the best shit they've done....
The only record they've made that just sucks huge cocks is NYC Ghosts and Flowers, that is total crap from start to finish....aside from that pretty much everything else they've done is pretty fuckin great, if you ask me...
Live, they are either great or horrible. The 2 shows at the metro a few years ago fuckin' fantastic....a few months later at goose island fest? Complete crap...
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