When we go through the back catalogue of Sonic Youth you can easily trace the moments the band influenced the artists around them and those yet to become artists. But now we have a definitive list of Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore’s favourite songs ever and it’s a belting list.

The playlist has a variety of different songs and genres from punk to glam-rock, Hardcore to ’60s classics, Moore has it all in his record collection and he’s given us a taste of that classic collection here.

Paying homage to the classic artists like Jimi Hendrix, Beach Boys, and Lou Reed while still giving space for his early ‘90s contemporaries Nirvana, Mudhoney and Dinosaur Jr. Moore also gives space for some Public Image Ltd., Black Flag, and David Bowie.

When asked about the best record he himself has ever made by The Fly, he answered: “With Sonic Youth early on it would be the Confusion Is Sex LP and later the The Eternal LP, which is the last one we recorded. Solo, possibly Demolished Thoughts. With noise improv freaks probably the Last Notes LP with Joe McPhee and Bill Nace.”

We can all live in hope that Moore and the rest of Sonic Youth will finally end their indefinite hiatus that started in 2011. While Moore and bassist Kim Gordon’s relationship ended with the band, it hasn’t stopped Moore continuing work on his solo work.

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Until the time that Moore and co. can get it together, we will just listen to this playlist. On repeat. As we delve into Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and his favourite 38 songs.

  • Tapper Zukie – ‘Man Ah Warrior’
  • Patti Smith – ‘Godspeed’
  • Teenage Jesus & the Jerks – ‘Orphans’
  • Mars – ‘3E’
  • Public Image LTD – ‘Public Image’
  • The Slits – ‘Love Und Romance’
  • The Raincoats – ‘In Love’
  • Captain Beefheart – ‘Electricity’
  • Alice Cooper – ‘Is It My Body?’
  • T. Rex – ‘Children of the Revolution’
  • Archie Shepp – ‘Blasé’
  • Billie Holiday – ‘Gloomy Sunday’
  • Nirvana – ‘Dive’
  • Mudhoney – ‘In ‘N Out of Grace’
  • Dinosaur Jr. – ‘Little Fury Things’
  • Jackson C. Frank – ‘Blues Run the Game’
  • Bush Tetras – ‘Too Many Creeps’
  • The Germs – ‘Caught in My Eye’
  • Boredoms – ‘Born to Anal’
  • Lou Reed – ‘Satellite of Love’
  • Beach Boys – ‘Hang On to Your Ego’
  • David Bowie – ‘Five Years’
  • Sparks – ‘Equator’
  • Siouxsie & the Banshees – ‘Hong Kong Garden’
  • The Damned – ‘New Rose’
  • The Mentally Ill – ‘Gacy’s Place’
  • Minor Threat – ‘Out of Step’
  • Black Flag – ‘I’ve Got To Run’
  • The Untouchables – ‘Nic Fit’
  • Iron Cross – ‘Fight Em All’
  • The Faith – ‘It’s Time’
  • Void – ‘My Rules’
  • Negative Approach – ‘Nothing’
  • Youth Brigade – ‘It’s About Time We Had a Change’
  • State of Alert – ‘Gonna Haveta Fight’
  • Anne Briggs – ‘Go Your Way’
  • The Fugs – ‘Crystal Liaison’
  • Jimi Hendrix – ‘Freedom’

Source: Tone Deaf / The Fly

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