PRINT March 1995


Alec Foege's Confusion is Next: The Sonic Youth Story

IF EVER A BAND deserved an expansive approach that bursts the limits of the rock-biography format, it’s Sonic Youth—one of the most pretentious (a compliment in my book) rock bands of the last decade. Sonic Youth have always consciously aimed to refract the zeitgeist in their noise swirl; they’re culture-vultures who ransack both avant-garde and trash for morsels of inspiration. Despite SY’s puerile admiration for the thoughtlessness of teen delinquents and psychopaths, this is not a dumb band; this is a learned band. Bassist/singer Kim Gordon used to write art and music criticism for Artforum and The Village Voice; the band’s record sleeves have consistently used work by artists like Raymond Pettibon and Mike Kelley.

Nonetheless, Alec Foege shies away from using SY as a launching pad for highfalutin’ speculation. Confusion Is Next conforms to the pedestrian, fact-bound norms of the rock

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