Limited vinyl LP pressing. Goo is the sixth studio album by Sonic Youth. It was released on June 26, 1990 by record label DGC. The album was Sonic Youth's debut release on a major record label, after the band signed to Geffen Records following the release of Daydream Nation (1988). Goo was recorded over a short period in early 1990 at Sorcerer Sound Recording Studios and Greene St. Recording with Daydream Nation producer Nick Sansano and additional producer Ron Saint Germain. The album's sound diverged considerably from their earlier material and is often considered "their most accessible album", with elements of experimental rock, garage punk, alternative rock and hard rock. Lead single "Kool Thing" charted in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland. Two other singles-"Disappearer" and "Dirty Boots"-were also released from the album.
GOO's stunning collection of material once again highlighted Sonic Youth's unique writing talents. "Dirty Boots" and "Mary Christ" showed Thurston Moore's delicious slant on rock melody. Yet it was Kim Gordon who stole the show with her chilling "Tunic (Song For Karen)" and the brilliant "Kool Thing."
In "Tunic," Gordon wrapped her cunning insight around the Karen Carpenter story: "I feel like I'm disappearing/Getting smaller every day/But I look in the mirror/And I'm getting bigger in every way..." The song was one of the album's many attempts at understanding the mechanics of pop stardom. "Kool Thing" summed up rock's once blatant "fear of a female planet" by placing women rockers in a rap context. "Are you going to liberate us girls/From male, white, corporate oppression?" Gordon toyed, saying more in her deadpan delivery than years of articles on women in rock or rap combined.
Sonic Youth: Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo (vocals, guitar); Kim Gordon (vocals, bass); Steve Shelley (drums).
Additional personnel: Nick Sansano (percussion); Don Fleming (percussion, background vocals); J. Mascis, Chuck D. (background vocals).
Producers: Sonic Youth, Nick Sansano, Ron Saint Germain.
Recorded at Sorcerer Sound and Greene Street, New York, New York.
|A2||Tunic (Song For Karen)||6:17|
|B6||My Friend Goo||2:18|
|B9||Cinderella's Big Score||5:50|
|B10||Scooter And Jinx||1:00|
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