Confusion Is Sex
|Confusion Is Sex|
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|Sonic Youth chronology|
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|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
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|Spin Alternative Record Guide||8/10|
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. It has been cited as an important example of the no wave genre. AllMusic called it "lo-fi to the point of tonal drabness, as the instruments seem to ring out in only one tone, that of screechy noise".
Background and recording
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. 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".
The lyrics to "The World Looks Red" were written by Michael Gira of the band Swans, who would later reuse the same lyrics on the song "The World Looks Red/The World Looks Black" on that band's 2016 album The Glowing Man.
Ranaldo recorded the track "Lee Is Free" solo at home on two tape recorders.
All lyrics are 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 is composed by Sonic Youth, except "I Wanna Be Your Dog", by the Stooges.
|1.||"(She's in A) Bad Mood"||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|
|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|
|10.||"Kill Yr Idols"||Moore||Moore||2:51|
|13.||"Shaking Hell (Live)"||3:15|
- Kim Gordon – vocals, bass guitar, guitar, production
- Thurston Moore – vocals, guitar, prepared guitar, bass guitar, production
- Lee Ranaldo – guitar, bass guitar, zither ("Inhuman"), production
- Jim Sclavunos – drums, production
- Bob Bert – drums ("I Wanna Be Your Dog", "Making the Nature Scene"), production
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