100% (Sonic Youth song)

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Single by Sonic Youth
from the album Dirty
B-side "Creme Brulee" (LP Version), "Genetic", "Hendrix Necro"
Released July 1992
Format 7", 10", 12", Cassette single, CD single
Genre Noise rock, grunge, avant-rock, art punk
Label DGC
Writer(s) Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley
Sonic Youth singles chronology
"Dirty Boots"
"Youth Against Fascism"

"100%" was the first single from Sonic Youth's 1992 album Dirty. It was released in 1992 on DGC. The song was dedicated to the band's friend Joe Cole, who was killed by a gunman in 1991. The lyrics were written by Thurston Moore.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "100% (LP Version)" - 2:29
  2. "Crème Brûlée (LP Version)" - 2:32
  3. "Genetic" - 3:50
  4. "Hendrix Necro" - 2:50

The songs "Genetic" and "Hendrix Necro" were not featured on the 7" version.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "100%" was directed by Tamra Davis and Spike Jonze, and shot in Los Angeles. Much of the video footage was shot by Jonze while riding on a skateboard, following others in the streets (including then-skateboarder, now-actor Jason Lee). The video also alluded to the shooting death of Cole, but is not specifically about him, and more about friendship between two skateboarders. Sonic Youth is shown playing a house party throughout the film. Kim Gordon plays a yellow Fender bass guitar, which she borrowed from actor Keanu Reeves.[1][2]

Singles chart[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak
1992 "100%" Modern Rock Tracks No. 4
1992 "100%" UK Singles Chart No. 28


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