Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon

#tbt Sonic Youth / Daydream Nation (1988)

By Randy Nieto
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What many would consider to be the epitome of indie rock, Daydream Nation set the bar for with would later become one of the most iconic double albums to come out from a band not signed to a major label. So iconic, in fact, it was chosen by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Recording Registry in 2005.  Starting off with what can only be called an anthem, Teenage Riot clocks in at 7 minutes of pure guitar shredding bliss, with hooks and choruses so sugary sweet they could even give the local goth kids a toothache. Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore’s subdued vocals seem to balance perfectly with the heavy guitar laden action that is the fundamental base for the majority of the album. But despite the catchy hooks and  sugary vocals, Sonic Youth never lose sight of their art and punk rock roots, laying siege to the synthesizer pop of the 80’s without sparing any feedback or distortion. The songwriting is also pretty well disseminated among members of the group, each sharing an equal part of the album. This is the kind of record indie snobs will turn their nose up at you for not knowing or having listened to. Despite the ugliness and immaturity of this gesture, after getting to know the album there is no doubt a small part of you will identify with that same incredulity when encountering such individuals. Check out “Teenage Riot” by Sonic Youth below.




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