Thinking about Gia's obsession with Black Metal again last night which quickly turned into thinking more about the music I like. It's all about me, right?
Then I spent a bunch of time watching old Sonic Youth videos on YouTube. I really wanted to be Lee Ranaldo for a short period of time in the early-mid 90's. Don't know why I picked him when Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon were clearly the "faces" of the band. I was the lead singer the other night when a few friends got together to play "Rock Band" on the ole XBox 360. We were most excellent. Anyway. Now I share with you some of the videos I found last night. Feel free to ignore, if you must. (Note: If you only have time to watch one of them, watch "Dirty Boots" - the second video posted. - MC)
"You're never gonna stop all the teenage leather and booze"
"Teenage Riot" is easily one of my favorite songs from the group from their Daydream Nation LP, and a rally cry for me personally. I was listening to them prior to the release of this album and I had already seen them in concert, but this one really sealed the deal for me. "Hey Joni...put it all behind you."
"Satan got her tongue...now it's undone"
Just in case you were wondering, this is how I looked outside of work in 1990 except, you know, fatter. Nirvana t-shirts, ripped jeans, flannel shirt tied around my waist. I was quite the fashionista. The song is "Dirty Boots" by the way. Ain't love grand?
"Move me, turn me on, Baby-O"
For all their "wall of sound" feedback, Sonic Youth was always capable of creating some real catchy riffs. "Kool Thing" is clear evidence of that. And how cool/kool is it that they got Chuck D to do a drop-in? You don't think that's cool? Fuck you! Goo is such a great album!
"The zoftig chick is mine"
Check out a pre-Scientology Jason Lee skateboarding it up "100%" style in this Spike Jonze directed video. I had a tape player in my old Toyota Tercel back in the day, so I taped Dirty off of my CD player at home to very iffy results. I was too lazy to re-tape it, so I listed to it for about 3 years straight in my car with the volume going in and out for the first half of this song. It's nice to hear it the correct way every now and again.
"Tell me that you wanna bore me"
My favorite thing about this "Bull in the Heather" video is the adorable Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill fame) prancing around, kissing Kim Gordon and just being, well, adorable. Don't ya just wanna bang her? Great licks too!
"You flicked a match into my brain"
"Incinerate" from 2006's Rather Ripped shows that the old fogies can still bring it home like they did back in the day. A bit more polished than the Sonic Youth that I know and love, but still great stuff. That may be as close as we all want to get to Thurston. I saw him on the street once in NYC and he's really tall.