Youth Against Fascism

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"Youth Against Fascism"
Single by Sonic Youth
from the album Dirty
B-side "The Destroyed Room", "Purr" (Mark Goodier version), "Youth Against Fascism (LP Version)"
Released December 1992
Format 7", 10", 12", CD single
Genre Alternative rock, noise rock
Label DGC
Writer(s) Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth singles chronology
"Youth Against Fascism"
"Sugar Kane"

"Youth Against Fascism" was the second single from Sonic Youth's 1992 album Dirty. It was released in 1992 on DGC.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Youth Against Fascism" (Clean-Ex Mix)
  2. "The Destroyed Room"
  3. "Purr" (Mark Goodier version)
  4. "Youth Against Fascism" (LP Version)

"Purr" is from the July 20th, 1992 Mark Goodier BBC session, and is semi-acoustic. A live version of "The Destroyed Room" was previously released on the "Dirty Boots" single under the title "The Bedroom".

Ian MacKaye of Fugazi contributes extra guitar to the studio track.

The line, "I believe Anita Hill", refers to the controversy surrounding the 1991 appointment of Judge Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court over allegations of sexual harassment from Hill, a former subordinate.

Music video[edit]

The music video for Youth Against Fascism was directed by Nick Egan. The video was shot in the concrete flood control channel of the Los Angeles River with the band playing while FMX Bikers are riding around. Spliced into the video is imagery of fascism, Nazism and communism plus an insurrection mixed with pictures of punk bands and fashion.

Singles chart[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak
1992 "Youth Against Fascism" UK Singles Chart[1] 52


  1. ^ "Sonic Youth single charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 1, 2014.