Release date
27 Sep 1994
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Tom Violence 2:45 95,358
2 Shadow of a Doubt 3:37 105,017
3 Starpower 4:48 27,690
4 In The Kingdom #19 3:25 59,981
5 Green Light 3:46 70,142
6 Death To Our Friends 3:19 65,843
7 Secret Girl 3:14 51,980
8 Marilyn Moore 4:04 59,724
9 Expressway to Yr. Skull 4:33 30,107

About this album

EVOL is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Sonic Youth, released in 1986 on SST Records. The album cover features a picture of Lung Leg, a still taken from Submit to Me, a film by Richard Kern. The album is notable for being the first with new drummer Steve Shelley, replacing Bob Bert, and for showing signs of the band transitioning away from their noise-rock past and toward a greater rock sensibility. It was the first album by the band released on the SST label. By 1986, label founder Greg Ginn was anxious for SST to move away from its American hardcore roots, and signing Sonic Youth was an undeniably important step for the label, as well as for the band.

The record marks the second straight for the band in which it had worked with New York singer/performance artist Lydia Lunch. Lunch had shared vocal duties on Bad Moon Rising’s “Death Valley ‘69” and on this record she co-wrote the tune “Marilyn Moore”. “Shadow of a Doubt” takes a great part of its lyrical imagery from the Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train: “Met a stranger on a train/you’ll kill him and I’ll kill her/swear it wasn’t meant to be”.

On the vinyl format of the album, the time length for “Expressway to Yr. Skull” was indicated by the symbol for infinity; the final moment of the song featured a locked groove, making it theoretically endless. The CD format added a bonus track: the band’s cover of the Kim Fowley tune “Bubblegum.”

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