1. Tunic (Song for Karen)
Witty homage, sexy vocals, great guitars – I love Sonic Youth so much. This song also kind of illustrates how much I want to be Kim Gordon when I grow up.
2. Self-Obsessed and Sexxee
I bought Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star when I was thirteen, with birthday money, because I knew that Kurt Cobain loved Sonic Youth. I instantly fell in love, too – especially with this song, which is definitely the pop anthem of the album and appealed to my teen-girl take on grunge.
3. My Friend Goo
She sounds awesome, doesn’t she? Goo has a real tattoo, wears green pants, all the boys love her and she is just all-round awesomely cool. For some reason, I have always wanted to have a cat and call it My Friend Goo.
4. Bull In The Heather
It’s a close-run race but I really think this is Kim Gordon at her most sexy, which is – let’s face it – humanity at its most sexy.
5. Dripping Dream
Sonic Nurse – which came out in 2004 and has the awesome Ruichard Prince cover art – is my most-recent favourite SY album. For me it is up there with the absolute classics. It’s a surprisingly easy listen, and I often listen to the entire thing repeatedly, but this one is definitely a highlight.
6. Get Into The Groove (Ciccone Youth)
This may well be my favourite cover of all time. When I first heard it, it blew my mind and basically introduced me to the concept of lo-fi.
7. Kool Thing
Fear of a female planet! Chuck D! Could this be any cooler? I really, really think not.
Sonic Youth do jangly pop really well sometimes, and this is probably my favourite example of it.
9. Paper Cup Exit
I only realised kind of late in the day that I love Lee Ranaldo just as much as I love Kim and Thurston, if not more. When his debut solo album came out this year, I finally made the connection – and it is definitely somewhere in my top three albums of the year.
10. Screaming Skull
This seems a fitting close to the list – a pure 90s slab of punked-up angular grunge – back where, for me, it all began.