Sonic Youth discography

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Sonic Youth discography
Releases
Studio albums 17
Compilation albums 4
EPs 8
Singles 21
Video albums 6
Music videos 46
Sonic Youth Recordings (SYR) 8
Bootlegs 8
Soundtrack and compilation appearances 16

Sonic Youth was an alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981.[1] Their lineup included Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Kim Gordon, Mark Ibold, and Steve Shelley. The band's discography includes 16 studio albums, seven extended plays, three compilation albums, seven video releases, 21 singles, 46 music videos, eight releases in the Sonic Youth Recordings series, eight official bootlegs, and contributions to 16 soundtracks and other compilations.

In 1981 Sonic Youth signed with Neutral Records, and released its eponymous debut EP Sonic Youth the next year.[1] The band's first full-length album was Confusion is Sex, released in 1983.[1] Kill Yr Idols was released the same year, under the German label Zensor Records.[1] Bad Moon Rising was released two years later on Blast First, a label created specifically for Sonic Youth releases.[1] In 1986 Sonic Youth signed to SST Records and released EVOL later the same year. The album gained the band increasing critical acclaim and exposure, and the group released Sister and the double LP Daydream Nation in 1987 and 1988 respectively, the latter on Enigma Records.[1]

In 1990 the band signed to major label Geffen Records, and released Goo the same year. The band's 1991 tour with the then little-known band Nirvana was documented in the film 1991: The Year Punk Broke. In 1992, Sonic Youth released Dirty. Two years later, the group released Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, and Washing Machine the following year.[1]

Forced to start from scratch after its instruments and equipment were stolen, the band released NYC Ghosts & Flowers in 2000. Sonic Youth released Murray Street in the summer of 2002, followed in 2004 by Sonic Nurse. Rather Ripped and The Destroyed Room: B-sides and Rarities were released in 2006, the latter featuring tracks previously available only on vinyl, limited-release compilations, B-sides to international singles, and other previously unreleased material. The Eternal was released 3 years later, in 2009.[1][2]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[3][4]
UK
[5][6]
AUS
[7]
GER
[8]
FRA
[9]
NOR
[10]
SWE
[11]
NLD
[12]
NZ
[13]
BEL
[14]
JPN
[15]
1983 Confusion Is Sex
  • Released: February 1983
  • Label: Neutral (Neutral #9)
1985 Bad Moon Rising
  • Released: March 1985
  • Label: Homestead (HMS #16)
1986 EVOL
  • Released: March 1986
  • Label: SST (SST #59)
1987 Sister
  • Released: June 1987
  • Label: SST (SST #134)
1988 Daydream Nation
  • Released: October 1988
  • Label: Enigma (EN #75403-02)
99 91
1988 The Whitey Album (as Ciccone Youth)
  • Released: March 1988
  • Label: Enigma (EN No. 7 75402)
1990 Goo
  • Released: June 26, 1990
  • Label: DGC (DGC #24297)
96 32 94 71 22
1992 Dirty
  • Released: July 21, 1992
  • Label: DGC (DGC #24485)
83 6 22 59 26 57 5 53
1994 Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
  • Released: May 3, 1994
  • Label: DGC (DGC #24632)
34 10 25 87 27 65 16 62
1995 Washing Machine
  • Released: September 26, 1995
  • Label: DGC (DGC #24852)
58 39 34 91 41 38 94
1998 A Thousand Leaves
  • Released: May 12, 1998
  • Label: DGC (DGC #25203)
85 38 66 84 32 37 43 28 43
2000 NYC Ghosts & Flowers
  • Released: May 16, 2000
  • Label: Geffen (GEF #069490650-2)
172 113 61 37
2002 Murray Street
  • Released: June 25, 2002
  • Label: DGC (DGC #694933192)
126 77 78 63 48 16 28 45
2004 Sonic Nurse
  • Released: June 7, 2004
  • Label: Geffen (GEF #B0002549-12)
64 54 89 40 21 98 23 47
2006 Rather Ripped
  • Released: June 13, 2006
  • Label: Geffen (GEF #B0006757-02)
71 64 40 79 25 13 46 20 41
2009 The Eternal
  • Released: June 9, 2009
  • Label: Matador
18 42 52 29 19 17 28 90 38 9 29
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Year EP details Notes
1982 Sonic Youth
  • Released March, 1982
  • Label: Neutral (NEUTRAL #1)
1983 Kill Yr Idols
  • Released: October 1983
  • Label: Zensor Records (Z #S10)
1987 Master=Dik
  • Released: January 1988
  • Label: Blast First (CHAT #1)
1993 Whores Moaning
  • Released: February 1993
  • Label: Geffen (GEF #21783)
  • Released for Australian/New Zealand tour.
1994 TV Shit
1998 Silver Session for Jason Knuth
  • Released: July 14, 1998
  • Label: Sonic Knuth Records (SKR #1)
  • Dedicated to Sonic Youth fan and radio DJ, Jason Knuth.
2001 In the Fishtank 9
  • Released: July 2001
  • Label: Konkurrent Records
  • With Instant Composers Pool and The Ex.
2002 Kali Yug Express
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Geffen Records
2009 Sensational Fix
  • Released: January 2009
  • Label: Matador Records

Compilations[edit]

Year Compilation details Notes
1984 Sonic Death
  • Live recordings from 1981 to 1983.
1995 Screaming Fields of Sonic Love
  • Released: April 25, 1995
  • Label: DGC (DGC #24809)
  • Compilation of songs from Daydream Nation and earlier.
2006 The Destroyed Room: B-sides and Rarities
  • Released: December 12, 2006
  • Label: Geffen (GEF #B000812402)
2008 Hits Are for Squares
  • Compilation of songs chosen by various celebrities, plus an original song.

Sonic Youth Recordings (SYR) series[edit]

Sonic Youth have released a number of mostly experimental and instrumental releases under their own label Sonic Youth Recordings. The SYR series has established a tradition where each album is released in a different language. SYR1 has song titles and album sleeve artwork all in French, SYR2 is in Dutch, SYR3 is in Esperanto, SYR4 in English SYR5 is in Japanese, and SYR6 is in Lithuanian.

Year Album details Notes
1997 SYR1: Anagrama
  • Released: June 10, 1997
SYR2: Slaapkamers Met Slagroom
  • Released: September 2, 1997
1998 SYR3: Invito Al Ĉielo
  • Released: February 24, 1998
1999 SYR4: Goodbye 20th Century
  • Released: November 16, 1999
2000 SYR5
  • Released: August 29, 2000
2005 SYR6: Koncertas Stan Brakhage
Prisiminimui
  • Released: December 6, 2005
2008 SYR7: J'Accuse Ted Hughes
  • Released: April 22, 2008
  • It is a Vinyl only release.
SYR8: Andre Sider Af Sonic Youth
  • Released: July 28, 2008
2011 SYR9: Simon Werner a Disparu
  • Released: 2011

Official bootlegs[edit]

Year Title Notes
1986 The Walls Have Ears
  • Live show from 1985.
1988 Stick Me Donna Majick Momma
1990 4 Tunna Brix
  • Four covers of songs by The Fall (one being a cover of a cover of a Kinks song), recorded at the BBC for the John Peel show
1991 Goo Demos
  • Collection of demos for Goo.
Hold that Tiger
  • Live show from 1987.
1992 Live at the Continental Club
  • Live show from 1986, released through the band's fan club.
1994 Live in Bremen
1995 Live Venlo, Holland December 27, 1983
  • Live show from 1983, released through the band's fan club.
Blastic Scene
  • This bootleg had a semi-official release. The recorded show was held on July 14, 1993 in Lisbon, Portugal @ Campo Pequeno.

Video releases[edit]

Year Video details Notes
1985 Live at Stache's
  • Label: Altavistic (ATV #2)
1991 Goo
  • Released: April 13, 1993
  • Label: DGC (DGC #V-39508)
1992 Gila Monster Jamboree
  • Label: Sonic Death (SD #13005)
1991: The Year Punk Broke
  • Label: DGC (DGC #V-39518)
  • Documentary featuring various alternative rock bands, mostly
    Sonic Youth.
1995 Screaming Fields of Sonic Love
  • Label: DGC (DGC #V-39550)
  • Collects all of the band's pre-DGC music videos and a couple of
    live performances.
2004 Corporate Ghost: The Videos: 1990–2002
  • Released: June 8, 2004
  • Label: Geffen (GEF #75409)

Soundtrack and compilation appearances[edit]

Year Title Track(s)
1986 Sub Pop 100 "Kill Yr Idols"
1988 Fast 'n' Bulbous – A Tribute to
Captain Beefheart
OST
"Electricity" (by Captain Beefheart)
1988 Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father "Within You Without You" (by The Beatles)
1988 The Melting Plot "I Am Right" (by Saccharine Trust)
1990 Pump Up the Volume OST "Titanium Exposé"
1992 Fortune Cookie Surprise: A Tribute Album
to Beat Happening
"Black Candy" (by Beat Happening)
1993 Judgment Night OST "I Love You Mary Jane" with Cypress Hill
1994 If I Were a Carpenter "Superstar" (by The Carpenters)
DGC Rarities Volume 1 "Compilation Blues"
1995 My So-Called Life OST "Genetic"
Made in USA All tracks.
1997 SubUrbia OST Three original songs and one from Thurston Moore solo album.
Nowhere OST "Hendrix Necro"
1999 Pola X "Blink".
2002 Demonlover OST Eight original songs.
2003 You Can Never Go Fast Enough
2004 Hidros 3 (To Patti Smith)
with Mats Gustafsson
2006 From the Kitchen Archives No. 3 –
Amplified: New Music Meets
Rock 1981–1986
"World Looks Red", "Shaking Hell"
The Harry Smith Project: The Anthology
of American Folk Music Revisited
"Dry Bones" with Roswell Rudd
2007 Like a Hurricane: A Tribute to Neil Young "Computer Age" (by Neil Young)
I'm Not There OST "I'm Not There"
2008 Juno OST "Superstar"
2010 Simon Werner a Disparu OST Original Score

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
Mod.

[3][4]
UK singles
[5][6]
IRL
[17]
1984 "Death Valley '69" Bad Moon Rising
1985 "Flower/Halloween"
1986 "Flower/Satan is Boring"
"Starpower" EVOL
"Into the Groove(y)" (as Ciccone Youth) The Whitey Album
1988 "Teen Age Riot" 20 Daydream Nation
"Silver Rocket"
1989 "Candle"
"Providence"
"Touch Me I'm Sick/Halloween" split with Mudhoney
1990 "Kool Thing" 7 81 24 Goo
"Disappearer"
1991 "Dirty Boots"
1992 "100%" 4 28 Dirty
"Youth Against Fascism" 52
1993 "Sugar Kane" 26
"Drunken Butterfly"
1994 "Bull in the Heather" 13 24 Experimental Jet Set,
Trash and No Star
"Superstar" 26 If I Were a Carpenter
1995 "The Diamond Sea" Washing Machine
1996 "Little Trouble Girl" 85
1998 "Sunday" 72 A Thousand Leaves'
2000 "Nevermind (What Was It Anyway)" NYC Ghosts & Flowers
2003 "Kim Gordon & The Arthur Doyle Hand Cream" split with Erase Errata
2006 "Helen Lundeberg/Eyeliner" Rather Ripped
"Incinerate"
"Beautiful Plateau" The Destroyed Room
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1985 "Death Valley '69" Richard Kern
1986 "Shadow of a Doubt" Kevin Kerslake
1987 "Beauty Lies in the Eye"
1988 "Teen Age Riot" Sonic Youth
"Silver Rocket" Charles Atlas
"Providence" Peter Fowler
Sonic Youth
"Candle" Kevin Kerslake
"Addicted to Love" (as Ciccone Youth) Kim Gordon
"Macbeth" (as Ciccone Youth) Dave Markey
1990 "Kool Thing" Tamra Davis
"Disappearer" Todd Haynes
1991 "Dirty Boots" Tamra Davis
"Tunic (Song for Karen)" Tony Oursler
"Mary-Christ" Steve Shelley
"Mote" Ray Agony
"My Friend Goo" Dave Markey
Joe Cole
Kim Gordon
Thurston Moore
"Mildred Pierce" Dave Markey
"Cinderella's Big Score"
"Scooter + Jinx" Richard Kern
"Titanium Expose" Phil Morrison
1992 "100%" Tamra Davis
Spike Jonze
"Youth Against Fascism" Nick Egan
1993 "Sugar Kane"
"Drunken Butterfly" Stephen Hellweg
"Swimsuit Issue" Morty
1994 "Bull in the Heather" Tamra Davis
Kim Gordon
"Superstar" Dave Markey
1995 "Little Trouble Girl" Mark Romanek
"The Diamond Sea" Spike Jonze
Lance Bangs
Dave Markey
Steve Paine
Angus Wall
1998 "Sunday" Harmony Korine
"Hoarfrost" Lee Ranaldo
1999 "Piano Piece No. 13 (Carpenter's Piece)" Sonic Youth
2000 "Nevermind (What was it Anyway)" Kim Gordon
Jim O'Rourke
Chris Habib
2002 "The Empty Page" Thurston Moore
Chris Habib
"Disconnection Notice" Tom Surgal
2004 "Peace Attack" Chris Habib
"I Love You Golden Blue" Dave Markey
2006 "Incinerate" Claire Denis
"Do You Believe In Rapture?" Braden King
"Jams Run Free" Claire Denis
"Reena" Braden King
2009 "Sacred Trickster" Tom Surgal
"What We Know" Chris Habib

References[edit]

General
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