Confusion Is Sex

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Confusion Is Sex
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Studio album by Sonic Youth
Released February 1983
Recorded 1982–1983
Length 35:40
Label Neutral
Sonic Youth chronology
Sonic Youth
Confusion Is Sex
Kill Yr Idols
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Blender 1/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[3]
Christgau's Record Guide C+[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[6]

Confusion Is Sex is the debut studio album by American noise rock band Sonic Youth. It was released on 12" vinyl in February 1983 by record label Neutral.

Background and recording[edit]

Confusion Is Sex was recorded by Wharton Tiers in his Chelsea studio (which he had set up in the basement of a building where he worked as a superintendent). It was mostly recorded during Jim Sclavunos' brief tenure as drummer for the band, and he appears on drums for most of the album. Frustrated by the unconventional recording situation in Tiers' studio and generally not clicking with the band musically, Sclavunos was ejected and Bob Bert was invited back.[citation needed] Bert appeared on "Making the Nature Scene" and the live Stooges cover "I Wanna Be Your Dog". Confusion Is Sex is the only Sonic Youth album on which guitarist Lee Ranaldo plays bass, specifically on the song "Protect Me You".

Ranaldo recorded the track "Lee Is Free" solo at home on two tape recorders.


The cover image is a sketch by bassist Kim Gordon of guitarist Thurston Moore.[7] This image was used on gig posters early in the band's career.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Sonic Youth (Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Jim Sclavunos and Bob Bert), except "The World Looks Red", by Michael Gira; all music composed by Sonic Youth, except "I Wanna Be Your Dog", by The Stooges.

Side A
No. Title Lyrics Vocals Length
1. "(She's in A) Bad Mood – Version" Moore Moore 5:36
2. "Protect Me You" Gordon Gordon 5:28
3. "Freezer Burn / I Wanna Be Your Dog" (The Stooges cover)   Gordon 3:39
4. "Shaking Hell" Gordon Gordon 4:06
Side B
No. Title Lyrics Vocals Length
5. "Inhuman" Moore Moore 4:06
6. "The World Looks Red" Gira Moore 2:43
7. "Confusion Is Next" Moore Moore 3:28
8. "Making the Nature Scene" Gordon Gordon 3:01
9. "Lee Is Free"     3:37


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  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Confusion Is Sex – Sonic Youth". AllMusic. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ Wolk, Douglas (October 2006). "Back Catalogue: Sonic Youth". Blender (52): 154–55. 
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (September 27, 1992). "The Evolution Of Sonic Youth". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Sonic Youth: Confusion Is Sex". Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 758–59. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ a b Browne, David (2009). Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-81603-2. 

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