The Whitey Album

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The Whitey Album
Studio album by Ciccone Youth
Released January 18, 1989
Recorded 1986–1988
Length 53:56
Producer Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth chronology
Daydream Nation
The Whitey Album
Singles from The Whitey Album
  1. "Into the Groove(y)"
    Released: 1986

The Whitey Album is an album by Ciccone Youth, a pseudonymous side project of Sonic Youth members Steve Shelley, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore, featuring Minutemen/Firehose member Mike Watt.


The album is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Madonna and 1980s pop in general. Beatbox and samplers/sequencers are the foundation of the recording, but Sonic Youth references still manage to permeate throughout.[citation needed] The album featured a new version of an early Sonic Youth number, "Making the Nature Scene".


According to the liner notes of the deluxe edition of Daydream Nation: "The album cover [of Ciccone Youth], a b&w xerox enlargement of Madonna's face, was a brilliant and contemporary design. Sonic Youth had utilized found images in album covers before, but this was testing the limit. We sent copies of the vinyl album to Warners to be passed on to Madonna via her sister who worked in the art department there. Word came back that she had no problem with it acknowledging she remembered the band from her NYC Danceteria days".[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C[3]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[4]
Trouser Press unfavorable[5]

The album received generally mixed reviews from critics. Trouser Press wrote "the joke doesn't translate, and the disc comes across as a self-indulgent mess".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Ciccone Youth, except as noted.

  1. "Needle-Gun" – 2:27
  2. (Silence) – 1:03
  3. "G-Force" – 3:39
  4. "Platoon II" – 4:18
  5. "MacBeth" – 5:27
  6. "Me & Jill/Hendrix Cosby" – 5:30
  7. "Burnin' Up (Mike Watt Original Demo)" (Madonna) – 3:52
  8. "Hi! Everybody!" – 0:57
  9. "Children of Satan/Third Fig" – 3:06
  10. "Two Cool Rock Chicks Listening to Neu" – 2:56
  11. "Addicted to Love" (Robert Palmer) – 3:45
  12. "Moby-Dik" – 1:01
  13. "March of the Ciccone Robots" – 1:57
  14. "Making the Nature Scene" – 3:14
  15. "Tuff Titty Rap" – 0:39
  16. "Into the Groove(y)" (Madonna, Bray) – 4:36
CD reissue bonus track
  1. "MacBeth (Alternate Mix)" – 5:17


  1. ^ Daydream Nation (Deluxe Edition) - liner notes.
  2. ^ Torreano, Bradley. The Whitey Album at AllMusic
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  5. ^ a b Kot, Greg; Leland, John; Sheridan, David; Robbins, Ira; Pattyn, Jay. " :: Sonic Youth". Retrieved August 26, 2016. 

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