Sunday, September 9, 2007

Sonic Youth's first self-titled album

This is just an amazing post-punk release, circa 1982. Obviously they were influenced by reggae on a few tracks, but there are other songs that aren't reggae influenced at all and are very, very haunting, bass-driven beasts. Exemplary of the golden age of production values, in my honest opinion. And the live stuff added to the CD is priceless. This would have to compete with "Dirty" for my fave Sonic Youth release.


Anonymous said...

Reggae?! What on earth are you talking about?!

Bimble said...

Yep! "Burning Spear" was named after a fairly well known reggae artist and in the liner notes to this CD, Thurston says he was "immersed in underground reggae at the time" and that Kim was playing along to the first Black Uhuru LP in their apartment!