Touch Me I'm Sick/Halloween

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"Touch Me I'm Sick/Halloween"
Single by Sonic Youth and Mudhoney
Released December 1988
Format 7" Vinyl (limited edition)
Genre Alternative rock
Label Sub Pop
Producer(s) Wharton Tiers
Sonic Youth singles chronology
Silver Rocket
(1988)
"Touch Me I'm Sick"
(1988)
"Kool Thing"
(1990)
Mudhoney chronology
"Touch Me I'm Sick"
(1988)
"Touch Me I'm Sick/Halloween"
(1988)
"You Got It (Keep It Outta My Face)"
(1989)

"Touch Me I'm Sick/Halloween" is a split single by American alternative rock bands Sonic Youth and Mudhoney, released in December 1988 by the independent record label Sub Pop.

Prior to the release of the Mudhoney's "Touch Me I'm Sick" single in March 1988, Bruce Pavitt sent a five-song Mudhoney tape to Sonic Youth for the band's opinion. Sonic Youth immediately proposed a split single where each band covered the other.[1] Sonic Youth covered "Touch Me I'm Sick" while Mudhoney covered Sonic Youth's "Halloween". The split single was released on 7" vinyl as a limited edition by Sub Pop in December 1988. It was released on 12" vinyl in the UK by Blast First records in January 1989, and in Germany in 1990 by Glitterhouse records. The "Touch Me I'm Sick" cover was also included in the deluxe edition of Daydream Nation released on June 12, 2007, while Mudhoney's cover of "Halloween" was featured in the 2008 Deluxe Edition reissue of Superfuzz Bigmuff. The front and back cover photographs were taken by Charles Peterson.

Sonic Youth's version offers a female perspective of the song with bassist Kim Gordon handling the vocals. Bradford Allison of Prefix magazine suggests that because of this, the cover "seems even grimier than the original".[2]

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl, SP26
  1. Sonic Youth: "Touch Me I'm Sick" (Arm, Lukin, Peters, Turner) – 2:36
  2. Mudhoney: "Halloween" (Sonic Youth) – 6:07

Personnel[edit]

Sonic Youth cover of "Touch Me I'm Sick" (1989). This version offers a female perspective of the song with Kim Gordon handling the vocals.

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On "Touch Me I'm Sick",

On "Halloween",

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Azerrad, p. 428
  2. ^ Allison, Bradford: Review: Daydream Nation (Deluxe Edition), Prefix magazine, 13 June 2007. Retrieved on 1 July 2007.