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Release date
2 May 1995
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Dirty Boots 5:28 227,268
2 Tunic (Song for Karen) 6:22 148,442
3 Mary-Christ 3:11 144,156
4 Kool Thing 4:06 296,623
5 Mote 7:37 131,286
6 My Friend Goo 2:19 142,669
7 Disappearer 5:08 138,506
8 Mildred Pierce 2:13 125,590
9 Cinderella's Big Score 5:54 112,740
10 Scooter And Jinx 1:06 28,665
11 Titanium Expose 6:27 61,617

About this album

Goo is an album by alternative rock band Sonic Youth, released on June 26, 1990. A remastered version was released in 2005.

Goo was the first album released after the band signed to major label Geffen Records. Their albums became more accessible and less experimental, but still retained elements of a trademark collage of noise. Many songs on Goo start and end abruptly; a departure from Daydream Nation which was known for its long, psychedelic guitar intros and outros.


The album’s lead track, “Dirty Boots”, evokes old blues slang in its declaration that “It’s time to rock the road/And tell the story of the jelly rollin’/Dirty boots are on/Hi de ho.”

The second track, “Tunic (Song for Karen)”, is about Karen Carpenter, a female rock drummer who died from anorexia nervosa. It imagines her in heaven, happy, playing the drums again and meeting new friends Dennis Wilson, Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin.

The album featured the single “Kool Thing”, on which Chuck D from the rap group Public Enemy guested. The song is purported to be about the disillusionment that Gordon experienced after interviewing LL Cool J for Spin Magazine the previous year. “Are you going to liberate us girls from male, white, corporate oppression?” Gordon asks in the song, but receives only hipster gibberish in return. “Kool Thing” became the song that many casual music fans associate with the band.

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  • without_a__soul

    i can listen to this album for hours and hours

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    "Most muscular and hard-rockin' album they ever did" ...What? Most of this sounds like a wet noodle compared to anything SY did previously. I gotta admit, though, the shiny-slick sound is definitely unique to this album, and it grew on me a lot.

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Harry_01

    A great album.

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Maglor_T

    Their second best album

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • provlima


    8 Jun 2014 Reply
  • andrey_ka

    отличный альбом ) но со звуком в целом правда что-то намудрили )

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • sofiapivatto

    O melhor de todos.

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    What a load of gash about the production: it's the most muscular and hard-rockin' album they ever did. I wouldn't want every SY album to sound that way, but it was perfect for the era and the songs.

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • JoannadD

    The production of this album is really odd. I'm on the fence whether I "just" like it or love it.

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • tinkerbell-het

    great album indeed

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • eucaine

    Favorite Sonic Youth album by an extremely wide margin.

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • cobaincocaine

    so awesome...the cover, songs, everything

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • boehj

    great album.

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • zhelnerovich

    A very few comments in this shoutbox... Where are all the people with "Goo" t-shirts, m?

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    I agree the production on this is very weird. It's like they took Daydream Nation, dumbed it down, and covered it with tons of vaseline. This isn't a terrible album, but it's a terrible representation of SY's overall sound.

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • hplucas

    Daydream Nation > Dirty > Goo > EVOL > Sister > another albums...

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • eyesaresmiles

    Don't listen to this album hardly ever, but Tunic is fab.

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
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    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Taki90

    best album for night driving !

    29 Dec 2011 Reply
  • fpskoala

    I didn't like this album at all for years, and I still don't know why. There's definitely something different about this album from any other SY release. Love the dreamy songs like Tunic and Cinderella's Big Score. and Mildred Pierce is one of the best songs SY ever did

    24 Dec 2011 Reply
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