Walls Have Ears

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Walls Have Ears
Live album by Sonic Youth
Released 1986
Recorded See article
Genre Alternative rock, noise rock
Label Not
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Mark Prindle 7/10 stars [1]

Walls Have Ears is a Sonic Youth bootleg live recording from 1985. It was released on 2x12" vinyl in 1986 without the consent of the band.[2]

Tracks 1-8 were recorded live October 30, 1985 in London. Track 9 was recorded live November 8, 1985 in Brighton Beach. Tracks 10-17 were recorded live April 28, 1985 in London.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "C.B." (intro)
  2. "Green Light"
  3. "Brother James"
  4. "Kill Yr. Idols"
  5. "Into the Groove"
  6. "I Love Her All the Time"
  7. "Expressway to Yr. Skull"
  8. "Death Valley '69"
  9. "Making the Nature Scene"
  10. "Burning Spear"
  11. "Death Valley '69"
  12. "Speed JAMC"
  13. "Ghost Bitch"
  14. "The World Looks Red"
  15. "Flower"
  16. "Brother James"
  17. "Kill Yr. Idols"



In his book Psychic Confusion: The Sonic Youth Story, author Stevie Chick wrote, [A case is made] that the best illicit releases prove that artists sometimes aren't the best judges of their own artistic output. The Walls Have Ears is such an album; unloved by its creators, but a crucial and electrifying document of the group at their live best, playing with violent and ecstatic abandon."[3]

The band[edit]

According to Thurston Moore, "Our creative control was put on the spot by this guy. We were kinda livid."[4]


  1. ^ Mark Prindle review
  2. ^ Marcus, Greil (1999). In the Fascist Bathroom: Punk in Pop Music, 1977–1992. Harvard University Press. p. 325. ISBN 0674445775. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Chick, Stevie (2009). Psychic Confusion: The Sonic Youth Story. Music Sales Group. ISBN 0857120549. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (2009). Goodbye 20th Century. readhowyouwant.com. p. 288. ISBN 1458778878. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 

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