Picture courtesy of Peter Anderson
My first experience with the band was Experimental Jetset Trash and No Star — then I travelled backwards and forwards through the continuum of their sound and it programmed me for so many different sonic experiences I might not otherwise have been hip to. That album remains a favourite with Daydream Nation close on its heels but there is such a variety to choose from.
I’d say those of you who love Sonic Youth and those of you who love collecting rare records should all seek out Sonic Youth’s album which was put together for Starbucks. Sonic Youth had asked friends and fans to list their favorites for a special comp! That sounds awesome, but then it turned to crap...If you were ever to lose hope in music, now might be the time to do it.
According to Lee Ranaldo “We did a record with Starfucks… er, Starbucks. It’s interesting because it was kind of a compilation– celebrities picking their favourite Sonic Youth songs. When we put it together, we thought it was going to be the biggest sell-out of our career. At the time we did it, Starbucks was the only company in America that had figured out how to sell records when all the labels were falling on the floor. But by the time ours came out… It’s the rarest record we’ve ever released. It’s impossible to find in the shops. I don’t know how many they made– literally a few hundred.”