Sonic Youth, Sonic Death

by juli boggs

This is some Sonic Bullshit. In what might be the worst news ever, Matador records released a press announcement stating that Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth are separating after 27 years of marriage and 30 years as band mates, which just goes to show once and for all that there is no such thing as love.

Not only were Moore and Gordon the ultimate, the final word, in the absolute coolness of rock n roll and love and possibility in one magical ball of creative energy and originality without succumbing to all that terribly responsible dull stuff that “growing up” and “getting married” usually signifies, but now the band, THE BAND, is hanging in limbo. Will they or won’t they keep on? For now, the press release states that they will continue with their planned South America dates through November, and after that…  ¿Quién sabe?

Rob Sheffield put it beautifully a couple of days ago via Rolling Stone:

For all but a tiny minority of Sonic Youth fans, part of loving them is vicariously over-identifying with the Kim-and-Thurston bond, as these two psychic hearts explored screaming fields of sonic love.

No love, no youth, no psychic hearts. If it seems selfish to be taking the news so personally then I’m guilty. I have taken the music very personally, I have grown with it, grieved with it, and now it is the cause of my grief. Where’s my Ecstatic Peace shirt? I’m going into mourning.

While you’re here, check out the video for “Bull in the Heather” featuring Kathleen Hanna bouncing around and irritating everyone while Thurston leads a white pony around the lawn. This is the first Sonic Youth song I ever heard and still remains my favorite today nine years later:


One more to seal the deal. This one has a multi-jump, post-makeout stage dive scene which is not to be missed:

*Feature image by Anders Jensen, licensed under Wikimedia Commons