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EP by Sonic Youth
Released November 4, 1987
Recorded Sear Sound, New York; Wharton's Palace of Confusion
Genre Noise rock, alternative rock
Length 19:22
Label SST
Sonic Youth chronology
Daydream Nation
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Blurt 6/10 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[4]

Master=Dik is the second EP by American alternative rock band Sonic Youth. It was released on November 4, 1987, through record label SST.


The EP's title track is an alternate version of the same song from the band's Sister album. Inspired by New York City hip hop from the late 1980s, the song uses a drum machine, Kiss samples and name drops Ciccone Youth, a Sonic Youth side project that would release an album the following year. The B-sides are made up of several interview snippets, parody and/or cover songs that pay tribute to The Ramones, Jesus and Mary Chain and the Beatles plus short-form sound collages, field recordings, musique concrète and human beatboxing.[5] Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis plays guitar on "Beat on the Brat".

Master=Dik's liner notes reprint a rant by Ben Weasel from the November 1987 issue of the fanzine Maximumrocknroll wherein Weasel criticizes Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü and several other indie rock bands from the 1980s for eschewing punk rock for a boring classic rock sound.[6] Etchings on the vinyl's inner groove read "Ciccone death rock dream tinkle" on one side, and "Humpy pumpy psychoacoustik frenzy" on the other.[7] When it was originally released, the album sleeve bore a sticker reading "Not as good as Atomizer, so don't get your hopes up, cheese!" The same sticker appeared on Big Black's EP Headache released that same year and refers to that band's previous album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sonic Youth, except Beatles cover "Ticket to Ride", written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and Ramones cover "Beat on the Brat", written by Joey Ramone

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Master=Dik"   5:00
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Beat on the Brat" (Ramones cover) 2:30
2. "Under the Influence of The Jesus and Mary Chain / Ticket to Ride / MASTER=DIK (Version) / Introducing the Stars" (recorded live on Suisse Radio) 0:43
3. "Ringo / He's on Fire / Florida Oil Drums / Westminster Chimes"   5:30
4. "Chinese Jam"   1:11
5. "Vibrato / Guitar Lick / Funky Fresh"   2:24
6. "Our Backyard"   1:08
7. "Traffik"   0:05


Additional personnel
  • Martin Bisi – engineer ("Master=Dik")
  • Bill Titus – engineering ("Master=Dik")
  • Wharton Tiers – engineering ("Beat on the Brat")
  • Peter Anderson – sleeve photography
  • Terry Pearson – mixing ("Under the Influence of The Jesus and Mary Chain / Ticket to Ride / MASTER=DIK (Version) / Introducing the Stars")


  1. ^ "Master Dik – Sonic Youth : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ Ferguson, Jason (July 14, 2008). "Master-Dik + J'Accuse Ted Hughes". Blurt. Archived from the original on February 2, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Sonic Youth". Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sonic Youth: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sonic Youth: Master-Dik | Midheaven Mailorder". Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Weasel, Ben (November 1987). "[Maximumrocknroll article]". Maximumrocknroll. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ " Discography – Master=Dik". Retrieved April 14, 2013. 

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