Friday, October 01, 2010

Sonic Youth : A Thousand Leaves 1998

Sonic Youth were one of the most unlikely success stories of underground American rock in the '80s.
Sonic Youth began their career by abandoning any pretense of traditional rock & roll conventions. Borrowing heavily from the free-form noise experimentalism of the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, and melding it with a performance art aesthetic borrowed from the New York post-punk avant-garde, Sonic Youth redefined what noise meant within rock & roll. Sonic Youth rarely rocked, though they were inspired directly by hardcore punk, post-punk, and no wave. Instead, their dissonance, feedback, and alternate tunings created a new sonic landscape, one that redefined what rock guitar could do.

A Thousand Leaves is an album by Sonic Youth. It was the group's first major album to be recorded in their private Manhattan studio, dubbed Echo Canyon.

There are several French references on A Thousand Leaves. On the CD label the phrase mille feuille is crossed out and a thousand leaves is written under it. The name of the first song, "Contre le Sexisme," means against sexism in French. "French Tickler" refers to a sex toy of the same name. It was Thurston Moore who came up with the title, which is inspired by Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass .

A Thousand Leaves peaked at #38 on the UK Album Chart in May 1998.


1. Contre le sexisme (lyrics/vocals Gordon) 3:55
2. Sunday (lyrics/vocals Moore) 4:52
3. Female Mechanic Now on Duty (lyrics/vocals Gordon) 7:43
4. Wildflower Soul (lyrics/vocals Moore, background vocal Gordon) 9:04
5. Hoarfrost (lyrics/vocals Ranaldo) 5:01
6. French Tickler (lyrics/vocals Gordon) 4:52
7. Hits of Sunshine (For Allen Ginsberg) (lyrics/vocals Moore) 11:05
8. Karen Koltrane (lyrics/vocals Ranaldo, background vocal Moore) 9:20
9. The Ineffable Me (lyrics Moore, vocals Gordon) 5:21
10. nare, Girl (lyrics/vocals Moore) 6:38
11. Heather Angel (lyrics/vocals Gordon) 6:09

Total Time : 73:36

The Band :

Lee Ranaldo – guitar, vocals
Kim Gordon – bass, guitar, vocals
Thurston Moore – guitar, vocals
Steve Shelley – drums


Never gonna ya do it
a world below
heather angel you are somewhere
on the show
don’t you think you would find
where to go

I want to go dancing on the other side
I want to buy a phonograph
but the money’s gone
he bought books and records

I don’t care about that
I just want to be alive
and go to the other...
I don’t want money or books

Have to decide
and you were shot in the name of it
and then you’d see yeh, yeh
then you’d see
the relationship
and walking I see you in the clouds
and I fall for

I would fall for you
I would...
goodbye, bye
and that is all

Size : 173 MB
Bitrate : 320

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