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A product of New Yorks experimental no-wave scene, Sonic Youth first recorded under the auspices of avant garde guitarist Glenn Branca. Thurston Moore (25 July 1958, Coral Gables, Florida, USA; guitar) and Lee Ranaldo (b. 3 February 1956, Glen Cove, New York, USA; guitar) performed together on Brancas Symphony No. 1. With the addition of Kim Gordon (b. 28 April 1953, Rochester, New York, USA; bass) the band debuted in its own right on Brancas Neutral label. Sonic Youth was recorded live at New Yorks Radio City Music Hall in December 1981 and featured original drummer Richard Edson. Three further collections, Confusion Is Sex, Sonic Death and a mini-album, Kill Yr Idols, completed the quartets formative period, which was marked by their pulsating blend of discordant guitars, impassioned vocals and ferocious, compulsive drum patterns, courtesy of newcomer Jim Sclavunos, or his replacement, Bob Bert. Bad Moon Rising was the...