Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star

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Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
Studio album by Sonic Youth
Released May 3, 1994
Recorded Late 1993 at Sear Sound, New York, United States
Genre Noise rock, alternative rock, experimental rock
Length 47:30
Label DGC
Producer Butch Vig, Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth chronology
TV Shit
Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
Screaming Fields of Sonic Love
Singles from Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
  1. "Bull in the Heather"
    Released: April 1994

Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star is the eighth studio album by alternative rock band Sonic Youth. It was released on May 3, 1994, through record label DGC.


Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star includes one of the group's biggest hits, "Bull in the Heather". Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre appears in the music video for the song "Bull in the Heather". Another song, "Screaming Skull", is about the band's nostalgia for their days on independent labels, particularly SST Records, which is mentioned frequently throughout the song, along with the label's "Superstore" in Los Angeles.

Lee Ranaldo did not write or sing any songs on this album.

According to the band's official website, if the volume is turned up high on this album one can hear Sister played underneath.[1]

Cancelled single[edit]

"Self-Obsessed and Sexxee" was intended to be the second single from this album. A promo CD was issued, but plans for a regular release were cancelled and promo pressing ceased. The remaining copies were sold off through Sonic Death. The CD included the same B-sides as "Bull in the Heather".


The album peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard 200 chart.[2] Previously, the band's best performance on that chart was Dirty, which reached No. 89.[2] It was their highest peak on the US charts until The Eternal reached No. 18 in 2009.[2] The album has sold 242,000 copies in the US according to Soundscan.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
Alternative Press (positive)[4]
Robert Christgau A[5]
Entertainment Weekly B[6]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]

Rolling Stone called the album "quietly confident; more ambitious and weirder than Dirty", though "they've saved their integrity at the expense of quality; with a little more grease, their grit might get across better."[8]

In July 2014, Guitar World placed Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star at number 48 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sonic Youth, except "Screaming Skull", written by Sonic Youth and Dave Markey

No. Title Lyrics/vocals Length
1. "Winner's Blues"   Moore 2:07
2. "Bull in the Heather"   Gordon 3:04
3. "Starfield Road"   Moore 2:15
4. "Skink"   Gordon 4:12
5. "Screaming Skull"   Moore 2:38
6. "Self-Obsessed and Sexxee"   Moore 4:30
7. "Bone"   Gordon 3:57
8. "Androgynous Mind"   Moore 3:30
9. "Quest for the Cup"   Gordon 2:30
10. "Waist"   Moore 2:49
11. "Doctor's Orders"   Gordon 4:20
12. "Tokyo Eye"   Moore 3:55
13. "In the Mind of the Bourgeois Reader"   Moore 2:33
14. "Sweet Shine" (contains hidden track of "bonus noise" at 6:25) Gordon 7:50

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
UK Albums Chart 10[10]
Swedish Sverigetopplistan 27[11]
US Billboard 200 34[2]
Dutch MegaCharts 65[12]
Australian ARIA Charts 25[13]
Official New Zealand Music Chart 16[14]
Year Song Chart Position
1994 "Bull in the Heather" US Modern Rock Tracks 13[2]
UK Singles Chart 24[10]


Sonic Youth
  • Butch Vig – recording, mixing, production
  • John Siket – engineering
  • Howie Weinbergmastering
  • Kevin Reagan – sleeve design
  • Catherine Lewis – sleeve photography
  • Stefano Giovannini – sleeve photography
  • Bil Emmons – technician
  • Devin Emke – technician
  • Ed Raso – technician
  • Fred Kevorkian – technician
  • Ollie Cotton – technician
  • Walter Sear – technician


  1. ^ "sonicyouth.com Discography – Album: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star". sonicyouth.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Sonic Youth – Awards : AllMusic". Allmusic. AllRovi. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star – Sonic Youth : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sonic Youth - Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Sonic Youth". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ McDonnell, Evelyn (May 20, 1994). "Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star Review". Entertainment Weekly (223). Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ali, Lorraine (May 8, 1994). "ALBUM REVIEW: SONIC YOUTH, "Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star" (DCG)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b O'Dair, Barbara (May 5, 1994). "Experimental Jet Set, Trash And No Star". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994". GuitarWorld.com. July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Sonic Youth | Artist | Official Charts". officialcharts.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ "swedishcharts.com – Sonic Youth – Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Sonic Youth – Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ "australian-charts.com – Sonic Youth – Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star". australian-charts.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ "charts.org.nz – Sonic Youth – Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star". charts.org.nz. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 

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