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New York City, New York, United States (1981 – 2011)

Sonic Youth was an influential band which formed in New York City, New York, United States in 1981 and are currently on an indefinite hiatus. The last lineup consisted of Thurston Moore (vocals, guitar), Kim Gordon (vocals, bass, guitar), Lee Ranaldo (vocals and guitar), Steve Shelley (drums) and Mark Ibold (bass).

In their early career, Sonic Youth was associated with the art and music scene in New York City. Part of the first wave of American noise rock groups, the band carried out their interpretation of the hardcore punk ethos throughout the evolving American underground that focused more on the DIY ethic of the genre rather than its specific sound. As a result, Sonic Youth was pivotal in the rise of the alternative rock movement.

Sonic Youth have expressed a wide variety of influences, ranging from the influential protopunk musician Patti Smith to composer John Cage. The band has been praised for having “redefined what rock guitar could do”, using a wide variety of unorthodox guitar tunings, and preparing guitars with objects like drumsticks and screwdrivers to alter the instruments’ timbre.

Formation and early history: 1977-1981

Sonic Youth’s history began when guitarist Thurston Moore moved to New York City in early 1976. Interested in punk, Moore joined The Coachmen, a guitar-based quartet, after arriving in the city.


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  • Lonertunes

    Waouh! This makes me think of Sonic Youth so much!!

    Yesterday 3:12pm Reply
  • innoflower

    Одна из любимых групп.

    20 Aug 8:14pm Reply
  • kissmesashagrey

    Томас Пинчон, квинтессенция соников - это Хитс Оф Саншайн, или Даймонд Си... и нойза от души, и прочей клёвой ебли с гитарой, и тексты под грибами, и все дела. Мне так кажется. Во всяком случае в этих песнях у соников начало формироваться собственное лицо, и я бы сказал собственный стиль. То в начале они ноувейв играли, который у всех одинаковый, потом что-то похожее на джея максиса и пэйвмент... а середине девяностых поняли, что сами от себя хотят, и начали играть труъ.

    19 Aug 8:06pm Reply
  • kissmesashagrey

    согласен с котом базилио, дайдримнейшен объективно не самый козырный альбом у этих чертей, хотя для своего времени был достаточно оригинален. Мне вот вашинг машин нравится очень.

    19 Aug 7:52pm Reply
  • HK91

    @grisha_leps, Daydream Nation всем нравится потому, что это квинтэссенция Соников. На нём практически идеальный баланс между нойзроковыми и альтернативными композициями.

    15 Aug 1:54pm Reply
  • downer001

    Body/Head=Lee Ranaldo And The Dust>Chelsea Light Moving

    12 Aug 6:18pm Reply
  • heyjoao

    this band will kill me

    11 Aug 4:52pm Reply
  • Harry_01

    They finally clicked with me and now I'm addicted.

    6 Aug 9:24am Reply
  • grisha_leps

    пресса распиарила "Daydream Nation" - народ ведется.

    3 Aug 4:34am Reply
  • grisha_leps

    Confusion Is Sex - вот этот у них просто заебись альбом. Котируется крайне низко(в сравнении с другими)...и не удивительно,народ полагается на рецензии из журнала роллинг стоунз (или хуй знает какого),а не на собственные мозги и уши

    3 Aug 4:29am Reply
  • Amrabart

    straight up

    1 Aug 5:12pm Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    Uma das melhores bandas que já pisaram na Terra, sem dúvida! ♥

    29 Jul 10:48pm Reply
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  • RebelGlassZero

    Thurston > Steve > Kim > Lee

    26 Jul 6:57am Reply
  • gastriv

    Sonic & Knuckles = Sonic Youth [3] lmao

    23 Jul 9:09pm Reply
  • BlueWhiteRedNOW

    but they are both pretty great :p

    23 Jul 9:05pm Reply
  • BlueWhiteRedNOW

    Sonic the Hedgehog > Sonic Youth

    23 Jul 9:05pm Reply
  • BlueWhiteRedNOW

    Steve > Kim > Thurston > Lee

    23 Jul 9:04pm Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    that cover of free city rhymes is fantastic

    23 Jul 5:54pm Reply
  • Taki90

    post-punk ?? Thurston prefered the tag "modern punk" in their documentary "1991: The year punk broke"

    21 Jul 6:01pm Reply
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