Cyberpunk. Karen Carpenter. A date with Mary Christ. The hypnogogic state. Go-carts. Deconstruction. UFO's. Rap misogyny. Joan Crawford. Marriage. A teenage girl named Goo. In the primordial soup that is Sonic Youth, one of the most critically-acclaimed underground bands of all-time, the above is just some of the musical fodder for 1990's Goo, the band's seventh album and first on a major label (DGC Records).
Mixing American myth and pop images with alternative ideas about music in a great cosmic blender, Sonic Youth is truly, ultimately, progressive rock - bold and daring, stretching pop to it's limits, unique and transcendent. "It's important that people know that music is a free thing," explained guitarist Thurston Mooore, "and not to be dictated by anyone."
Sonic Youth doesn't throw away the rock cliches here, they reshape them. With skewed, mangled guitar tunings, and lyrical jump cuts, Sonic Youth's songs aren't the sound of things falling apart but rather of them getting put back together. A landmark album in the history of alternative rock, with Goo Sonic Youth put it all together all right and genre classics like "Dirty Boots," "Kool Thing," and "Mote" are representative of some of the finest work of the band's trailblazing career and the '90s in general.