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
(1993)
Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
(1994)
Screaming Fields of Sonic Love
(1995)
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 the American experimental rock band Sonic Youth, released on May 3, 1994 by DGC Records.

Music and lyrics[edit]

The 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. Unlike in previous Sonic Youth albums, guitarist 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]

Release[edit]

Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star was released on May 3, 1994 by DGC Records. The album peaked at number 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 song "Bull in the Heather" was released as a single in April 1994, along with a music video featuring Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill.[3] The track "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". As of 2005, the album has sold 246,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau A[6]
Entertainment Weekly B[7]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]

Rolling Stone described the album as "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."[9] Alternative Press praised the album's "cool" aesthetic, stating that it does not "appeal to folks who like their culture served to them on a stick."[10] In 2014, Guitar World placed Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star at number 44 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[11]

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

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart (1994) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 25[12]
Dutch Albums Chart 65[13]
New Zealand Albums Chart 16[14]
Swedish Albums Chart 27[15]
UK Albums Chart 10[16]
US Billboard 200 34[2]

Singles

Song Chart (1994) Peak
"Bull in the Heather" UK Singles Chart 24[16]
US Modern Rock Tracks 13[2]

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star". sonicyouth.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-18. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Sonic Youth - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2013-03-03. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  3. ^ Mollie Boutell-Butler (2009-07-20). "Are you gonna liberate us girls?: Five great Sonic Youth songs sung by Kim Gordon". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  4. ^ Sasha Frere-Jones (2005-07-25). "You Thought I Was Backing Out". S/FJ. Archived from the original on 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  5. ^ Jason Birchmeier. "Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  6. ^ Robert Christgau (1994-07-26). "Consumer Guide: Jul 26, 1994". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  7. ^ Evelyn McDonnell (1994-05-20). "Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  8. ^ Lorraine Ali (1994-05-08). "ALBUM REVIEW : *** 1/2; SONIC YOUTH; 'Experimental Jet Set,; Trash and No Star' ( DGC )". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  9. ^ a b Barbara O'Dair (1994-05-05). "Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2014-01-29. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  10. ^ "Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star". Alternative Press: 73. May 1994. 
  11. ^ Jackson Maxwell (2014-07-16). "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994". Guitar World. Archived from the original on 2015-02-08. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  12. ^ "Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2014-07-26. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  13. ^ "Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star". MegaCharts. Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  14. ^ "Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star". Recorded Music NZ. Archived from the original on 2014-07-27. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  15. ^ "Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star". Sverigetopplistan. Archived from the original on 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  16. ^ a b "Sonic Youth". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 2015-02-26. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  17. ^ Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (CD booklet). Sonic Youth. New York City: DGC. 1994. DGC #24632. 

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