Washing Machine (9:33)

Cover of Washing Machine

From Washing Machine and 6 other releases

- The first ever title track to appear on a Sonic Youth record. (barring Confusion Is Next and My Friend Goo for slight alterations)

- Working title: “Kim’s Tune”. Sometimes creatively listed as “Watching Ma Shine” on set lists…

- It takes the award for “longest song to appear on a sonic youth album” away from… THE GOOD AND THE BAD, which was released in 1982 on their first EP, meaning it held that title for 13 years! Washing Machine, on the other hand, held it for 45 minutes.

- In early ‘95, Sonic Youth decided that they actually wanted to change their name to Washing Machine (which of course never happened…).

- Lee actually changes guitars onstage for this song (and on the album at about 1:58, left speaker, comes back in at 2:20).


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  • superbounou

    Sonic Youth a dépassé le rock dans ce morceau ; c'est une pure oeuvre d'art !

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • francis_bacon


    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • SoupForOne

    this song is the spawl on too much coffee

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Sooperglitcher

    Okay, 2.30 onwards is hitting me now. & it's perfection!

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Sooperglitcher

    Messy. Untamed. Hideous. I LOVE IT.

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • interhole

    put it in the washing machine

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • muteoff

    Sonic Youth achieves transcendence at the 6:00 mark.

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Calimero_jr

    [First part of this song is great but then it gets awesome.] Fixed for truth.

    22 Oct 2012 Reply
  • zero000000000

    just listen from 2:30 on then.....

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • BullBlackBen

    Great, great song. Maybe my favorite of theirs.

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Bodysnatcher94

    First part of this song sucks but then it gets awesome.

    10 Dec 2011 Reply

    The VU

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
  • blues4spacegirl

    v If I recall correctly, the album was recorded in Memphis, and Kim imitated the local accent.

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    "Am I the only one a bit unnerved by Kim's apparent imitation of a "black chick"?" Well, now that you put it like that, the vocal does seem a bit... off. Thankfully the music is amazing as usual.

    22 Aug 2011 Reply
  • wi-lll

    A fucking soda pop.

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • clutnuckle

    "Am I the only one a bit unnerved by Kim's apparent imitation of a "black chick"?" - i really hope you're the only person having these thoughts. :/

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • SnotNosedPunk

    Most of the songs on Washing Machine have no bass on them, but a couple of them do (Panty Lies, Skip Tracer, and the Diamond Sea I think) Awesome song, btw

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Goodnight_Sun

    Glenn Branca

    9 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ledbehrend

    I read somewhere that Sonic Youth, and Kim in particular, did not use a bass on this record. Presumeably because Kim was getting tired of that "girl-playing-bass- in-a-rockband" stereotype that she had got - instead they used a guitar with thick strings tuned way down to get some kind of bass-y sound. Which would explain why you can't hear any bass in this song. (I remember reading it in a comment box on a youtube clip of Washing Mashine from German television) Please correct me if I am wrong.

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • micahnewman

    Am I the only one a bit unnerved by Kim's apparent imitation of a "black chick"?

    22 Feb 2011 Reply
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