In her eloquently engrossing 2015 memoir Girl in a Band, the legendary Kim Gordon confided that “I’ve always felt uncomfortable giving people what they want or expect.” The same sentiment can arguably also be extended to her band Sonic Youth’s creative approach to their recorded repertoire that spans nearly three decades.
From their 1983 debut album Confusion is Sex to the triumphant trio of late ‘80s and early ‘90s classics Daydream Nation (1988), Goo (1990) and Dirty (1992) to 2009’s underappreciated swansong The Eternal, Sonic Youth made a career out of consistently defying expectations and experimenting with new sounds in thrilling ways.
This fall marks five years since the influential band called it a day, but their legacy of sonic adventurism and masterful songcraft endures. Hence why the pending arrival of six—count ‘em six—vinyl LP reissues from the latter half of the group’s indelible discography is unequivocal cause for rejoicing among Sonic Youth devotees and music aficionados alike.
Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (1994), A Thousand Leaves (1998) and NYC Ghosts & Flowers (2000) reprints arrive courtesy of Union Square Music on January 22nd, followed by Murray Street (2002), Sonic Nurse (2004) and Rather Ripped (2006) a month later on February 19th. The forthcoming flurry of reissues follows last year’s vinyl re-releases of Goo, Dirty and Washing Machine (1995) in the UK.
If you happen to have any holes in your Sonic Youth LP collection, well, there’s no better time than now to fill them up and revisit the gems of this brilliant band’s later years.