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
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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(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.