Universal Music International Div.
Release date
28 Jun 2012
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Schizophrenia 4:38 169,100
2 (I Got A) Catholic Block 3:26 61,793
3 Beauty Lies in the Eye 2:19 102,603
4 Stereo Sanctity 3:28 89,104
5 Pipeline/Kill Time 4:35 52,230
6 Tuff Gnarl 3:14 91,047
7 Pacific Coast Highway 4:17 76,192
8 Hot Wire My Heart 3:23 74,292
9 Kotton Krown 5:08 31,294
10 White Cross 2:58 65,968
11 Master-Dik 5:10 62,292

About this album

Sister is an album by alternative rock band Sonic Youth, released in 1987 on SST Records. It was re-released in late 1994 on DGC.

The album furthers the band’s move away from noise rock towards more traditional pop structures, while maintaining an aggressively experimental approach. It received universally-positive reviews. A loose concept album (like its follow-up Daydream Nation), Sister was in part inspired by the life and works of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. (The “sister” of the title was Dick’s fraternal twin, who died shortly after her birth, and whose memory haunted Dick his entire life. ) The album features aggressive noise songs such as “White Kross” and “Catholic Block,” plus haunting noir ode “Pacific Coast Highway”. The group has regularly played songs such as “Schizophrenia,” “White Kross” and “Kotton Krown” long after the album’s release. In 1989, Steve Albini’s short-lived band Rapeman released a song called “Kim Gordon’s Panties” in response to “Kotton Krown.” CD bonus track “Master-Dik” is a strange rap song which mentions Ciccone Youth; its title is a reference to New York City mastering facility Masterdisk. As usual, Moore and Gordon handled most of the vocal duties on the album, but Ranaldo sang “Pipeline/Kill Time”.

The album was recorded entirely on analog tube equipment, giving it its characteristic “warm” vintage feel. Videos were shot for “Beauty Lies In The Eye” and “Stereo Sanctity.” The black-and-white “Stereo Sanctity” video, featuring clips of whirring factory machinery and brief live shots of the band, can only be seen on a rare 1980s SST video compilation entitled Over 35 Videos Never Before Released.

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  • Doppz

    Forever one of my favorite albums.

    2 Mar 1:10am Reply
  • Harry_01

    This album fucking rocks.

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • andrey_ka

    очень крутой альбом )

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • cap_surgeon

    we just called it punk rock then

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dAdriano


    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    Outstanding album. 9/10

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • vaguelyhumanoid

    Forgot how much I love this album.

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Sal-ival

    Lovin' it!

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • alexlakisov

    rip f.k.dick

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • zhelnerovich used a blacked out photo, it's been reuploaded by someone

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • trtb

    it's cool that uses the original cover with the richard avedon photo instead of the blacked out version that you see more often

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • sinztye

    Awesome album plus it's inspired by my favorite author... too much perfection.

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • cobaincocaine

    just awesome

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    college rock

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • sunheadbowed


    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Chumsicles

    hehehe......"the" Sonic Youth

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • dI-__-Ib

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • johnnydepth76


    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    Yeah, people. I don't know why there are so many long-winded arguments in this shoutbox. Show some respect for this masterpiece.

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Go back and read my statement: "Alt. rock certainly did exist, in label if not in ideology. Perhaps you missed the 1990's." and then read what you typed in reply to me. It's amusing! Alt. rock did exist, because it was an umbrella term the media gave to many different areas of rawk that emerged after the Nirvana break-through; basically every band that a major experimented with. That you think it existed in the 80's before the boom happened was the comical fictional genre issue -- of course it did not, and that wikipedia article you read was giving background on where the 'genre' emerged from. Genres are propagated by the next wave of bands who attempt to emulate, so it certainly matters if the bands deny the term. PS. You are a bit of a dumb teenager, really, aren't you? -- "crusade against "the man""! cringe.

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
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