Sonic Youth (Band)

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Sonic Youth
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Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore (guitar, vocals), Kim Gordon (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Lee Ranaldo (guitar, vocals) remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley (drums) followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up. In their early career Sonic Youth were associated with the no wave 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. Wikipedia


From this profile you will find 130 photos, 2 quotes, 1 magazine, 75 lists, 258 albums, 886 songs, 1 award, 117 film credits, 35 news stories, and key facts about Sonic Youth!

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Sonic Youth is a member of the following lists: Geffen Records artists, Matador Records artists, Noise musicians, No wave, SST Records artists, Homestead Records artists, 1980s music groups, 1990s music groups, 2000s music groups and Musical quintets.

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Band Members


117 Credits »
1986 Death Valley 69 -
1985 Submit to Me -
2012 Krik: Film Sanje RR s Damirom Radicem u pozadini -
2010 Lights Out -
2010 Massage the History -
2004 (This Is Known as) The Blues Scale -
2004 Sonic Spiel -
2004 My Sonic Room -
2004 Sonic Youth: Disappearer Director's Cut -
2003 Me Myself and the Universe -
2002 Demonlover -


886 Songs »
1 Superstar 2007
2 Teen Age Riot 1988
3 Kool Thing 2019
4 Silver Rocket 1988
5 Dirty Boots 2019
6 100% 2019
7 The Sprawl 1988
8 Sugar Kane 2019
9 Incinerate 200
10 cross The Breeze 1988
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)



(Her initial interest in performing was motivated partly by artistic curiosity, partly by a desire to rock.) I was really into Warhol and pop art, and I thought the next step was to actually be working within popular culture. ... I guess I played some tasty licks.


1 Award »
Nominated for 1 Award | Won 1

In The News

35 Stories »


75 Lists »
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