You don't need to hear Sonic Youth to like them. In fact, the less you hear them, the more likable they probably are. Since the band's inception in 1981, its New York City, post-punk-rock story has been an inspirational tale: a group of young misfits who defied convention to make "experimental music" on their own terms and at their own frantic pace. They've inspired other bands with their raw ethos and an ability to maintain an aura of disenfranchised youth even though the band's members have all pushed past 40. That the band has managed to do all this without the benefit of substantial radio airplay or huge record sales is even more inspiring. Ironically, Sonic Youth's success at staying somewhat commercially unsuccessful is what makes the group's story even... More >>>
"Don't you think that music in general is boring?" asks Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, second from right.