- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Geffen Records
Uncut - p.1224 stars out of 5
-- "[I]t's accomplished stuff, the band declaring their avant-rock intent from the start."
The Wire - p.63
"[T]he group's signature guitar chimes -- sweet, eerie, skewed, detuned -- are present and correct from the first bar."
- 1.The Burning Spear
- 2.I Dreamed I Dream
- 3.She Is Not Alone
- 4.I Don't Want To Push It
- 5.The Good And The Bad
- 6.Hard Work (Live)
- 7.Where The Red Fern Grows (Live)
- 8.The Burning Spear (Live)
- 9.Cosmopolitan Girl (Live)
- 10.Loud And Soft (Live)
- 11.Destroyer (Live)
- 12.She Is Not Alone (Live)
- 13.Where The Red Fern Grows (Early Studio Version)
Sonic Youth: Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Richard Edson.
All songs written by Sonic Youth.
Liner Note Authors: Glenn Branca; Richard Edson; Thurston Moore.
Recording information: Music For Millions Festival, New Pilgrim Theatre, New Y (09/18/1981-01/??/1982); Noise NY Sessions (09/18/1981-01/??/1982); Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY (09/18/1981-01/??/1982).
Though Sonic Youth's first EP is the least of their major works and was the only one to not receive reissue in 1995 by DGC, it's not a complete blunder. Awkward and rather formative, the record sounds like a fusion of no wave and an early Factory band. A couple tracks ("The Burning Spear," "I Don't Want to Push It") match the best of Confusion Is Sex, steeping itself in death disco and minimal scree. Thurston Moore yelps, Kim Gordon rambles, and the guitars go plink-plink-plink. Tumbling and tinny tribal drums are provided by Richard Edson, who would be seen as an ill-intentioned parking attendant four years later in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. ~ Andy Kellman