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Sonic Youth — New Hampshire
Album: Sonic Nurse
Avg rating:
7.3

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Total ratings: 1793









Released: 2004
Length: 5:04
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Trace paper flying word
Trace paper flying word break
City skoot hi
City skoot hi alert
Kill us your skum fight blooze
Kill us yourr skum fight blooze blues
Johnny winter
Johnny winter no show

B.B. King just turns on
The New Hampshire boys
Steve and Joe
Have gone beyond
Doing it for life

Unlike buddy guy who has
Decimated the riff bat with one
Hypertonic
Note lead on
Lead on
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 dwhayslett wrote:

Now I'm wondering how one reads an oral history.
 
You'd have to ask Thurston Moore about that.
 Proclivities wrote:
... after reading the oral history of Aerosmith.
 
Now I'm wondering how one reads an oral history.
 aspicer wrote:
We could definitely use more Sonic Youth on RP!
 

Yeah! Kool Thing
 kingart wrote:
New Hampshire Boys Steve and Joe. 

Let us speculate or deduce. 
I have no immediate answer, but the clues may be sufficient in a song that references Johnny Winter, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. 

Tyler? Perry? 
 
Yes. New Hampshire natives.
Fantastic!  With 14" of snow on the ground and power out at home, RP is a bonus for coming in to the office!
 kingart wrote:
New Hampshire Boys Steve and Joe. 

Let us speculate or deduce. 
I have no immediate answer, but the clues may be sufficient in a song that references Johnny Winter, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. 

Tyler? Perry? 
 

Here is a probable answer for you from an interview with Thurston Moore:

"'New Hampshire' is a song I brought in, written about.. sort of a sentimental thing after reading the oral history of Aerosmith. I grew up in the early '70s in New England, and this book was the first one I'd read to really capture what life was like up there during that time. Being in bands and trying to do something and driving down to New York.. that kind of lifestyle. At the same time, I'd gone to see this blues event at Madison Square Garden that Martin Scorsese did. [Aerosmith members] Steven [Tyler] and Joe [Perry] came out. It was a really genuine thing for these guys. After all the bullshit of fame, drugs and all this stuff, it came down to them being so happy to be in the same place as B.B. King. That really struck me. The song was basically noting certain things happening at this show."
  However, Tyler and Perry are not actually from NH, they are from NY and Massachusetts respectively.
Jeez, just die already !
New Hampshire Boys Steve and Joe. 

Let us speculate or deduce. 
I have no immediate answer, but the clues may be sufficient in a song that references Johnny Winter, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. 

Tyler? Perry? 
1 -> 2....maybe in a year or 3 it'll get to a 5
 Dahlia_Gumbo wrote:
i don't understand the lyrics.

 

Haha.. that was never a factor  in liking a song for me..😉
i don't understand the lyrics.
Their single best song. Love this.
a lot of Sonic Youth lately and that's good, haven't listened for a long time, thanx Bill
 ziggytrix wrote:

This particular track is from 04, so it's newer than DCFC who "went mainstream" in the early 00's.  The Pumpkins got big in the early 90s tho a few Alternative fans already knew who they were in the late 80s.  And Radiohead had their first big hit around the same time, even if it took them the better part of the decade to get recognition beyond "oh that band that did that Creep song"...

If any of them were inspired by some older Sonic Youth tunes, that's very possible (especially some of Radiohead's weirder shit), since SY is the eldest of the 4, but this song (the whole album really) is a bit of a departure from SY's previous work, so there might just as well have been some back-influence going on too?

 
Uh, Sonic Youth formed back in 1981 so they have been around much longer than the other bands you are mentioning and were probably a much greater influence on those bands than you're giving them credit for.
Nice! That crappy smashing pumpkin taste is out of my mouthears now....:)
For me, this effort is right up there with some of the stellar stuff on (I think) their best, Dirty. Frenzied pulse, killer harmonics - total jam!
Automatic 8 for New Hampshire! Bump to a 9 because it is a great Sonic Youth track!
 fredriley wrote:
"Kill us your scumbag blues"? Nurse! My eardrops, please!

 
A ruffian`s soundtrack for Clockwork Orange.
Just drink the wine ............
"...-Johnny Winter No-Show"... Just one of the SUMBLIME and SUBLIMINAL seminal moments in this fabulous improv masterpiece...
Sonic   Nurse rhymes   with  orange.
 eatingdesign wrote:

This is well before them all I believe. Excellent tune

 
This particular track is from 04, so it's newer than DCFC who "went mainstream" in the early 00's.  The Pumpkins got big in the early 90s tho a few Alternative fans already knew who they were in the late 80s.  And Radiohead had their first big hit around the same time, even if it took them the better part of the decade to get recognition beyond "oh that band that did that Creep song"...

If any of them were inspired by some older Sonic Youth tunes, that's very possible (especially some of Radiohead's weirder shit), since SY is the eldest of the 4, but this song (the whole album really) is a bit of a departure from SY's previous work, so there might just as well have been some back-influence going on too?
An album with great songs and horrible songs. Recommended.
Bill, I'm sure you could squeeze at least one or two more Sonic Youth tunes into the mix?! ....please.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

. . . with a sprinkling of Smashing Pumpkins.

 
This is well before them all I believe. Excellent tune
 kingart wrote:
A better tune than most of either, but this sounds like a hybrid of Death Cab for Cutie and Radiohead. Which one is inspired by whom?
 
. . . with a sprinkling of Smashing Pumpkins.
A better tune than most of either, but this sounds like a hybrid of Death Cab for Cutie and Radiohead. Which one is inspired by whom?
 oldsaxon wrote:
This just dosen't get enough play...or maybe just enough. I fricken love it. 

 
+1   I agree totally.
Had to find out who this was ... Sonic Youth? ... and something more than noise?  I wish more of their stuff sounded like this.
This just dosen't get enough play...or maybe just enough. I fricken love it. 
This and several other tunes on Sonic Nurse are Godlike.

Man, Bill&'Becca are on a roll tonight!

{#Bananajam}
Close resemblance to Kashmir's album Zitilites from 2003.
"Kill us your scumbag blues"? Nurse! My eardrops, please!
I started with a 8, just for the pleasure to let it grow. But actually, it's a 20. L O V E that tune
this sounds good---esp. in relation to my new menopause medicine!
Another crankin' tune on an afternoon chock full of them! RP has to be The BEST PLACE TO BE in The Whole Freaking Universe today!
This is such an awesome tune.
This is a good rocker!  I've heard some earlier Youth from the early 90's, but this one really catches my attention.
 oldsaxon wrote:
My little tube amp is getting a bit hot...these volumes! those voltages! OMG! just don't touch it....just dance....watch the glow and enjoy
 

:-)  You need one of those new Svetlana Tube amps with four 6146's in the final .. 1,000 watts RMS ..  and they don't even get warm.
Good Lord this is as good as or better than anything they've done...YEAH, ROCKIN'!
Live Free or Die
We could definitely use more Sonic Youth on RP!
 ra990 wrote:
Thought this was Radiohead for a second...
 
I think Radiohead thought they were Sonic Youth for a second, probably longer.
 Webfoot wrote:
Sounds a bit like Elvis Costello's voice.
 
Not even remotely to my ear, and that's a very good thing.

Pumpkins to Smiths to Sonic Youth.  Hope the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., or Husker Du are next!
 cohifi wrote:
The younger gens seem to be ahead of their times......Fred ?.....anyone
 

 ralphf wrote:
Pretty good tune.  Thinkin' the band may now need to be called, "Sonic Middle Age."
 
Great tune. We call 'em "Sonic Long in the Tooth."
so cool
Sounds a bit like Elvis Costello's voice.
My little tube amp is getting a bit hot...these volumes! those voltages! OMG! just don't touch it....just dance....watch the glow and enjoy
 TerryS wrote:
The surfer equivalent to Philip Glass.
 
My comment is, "That is a cool comment"!
The surfer equivalent to Philip Glass.
Bit of an Homage to Joy Division in the beginning, eh?
Love the Sonic sound!
I really like this one.
i always think this is radiohead

Great track by the masters of beautifully harnessed noise, Sonic Youth.

Hope to see them live one day.
YES!  Please more Sonic Youth on RP!
The younger gens seem to be ahead of their times......Fred ?.....anyone
2004, wow, sounded more like early 80's English band
Pretty good tune.  Thinkin' the band may now need to be called, "Sonic Middle Age."
To accurately capture New Hampshire, the song needs the roar of a Harley somewhere in the background. 
Nice!
one of heaviest songs played on RP - and that's in a good way
Heard this and remembered how much I love this song.
This is such COOL electric-surfer music. I need this stuff to listen to while I'm getting chores done, and then afterward, I'd love it for a workout. Can't do crunches to it, but it's frenetic enough to keep me motivated until everything was accomplished.
hey, that is the guitar piece!!!
 hippiechick wrote:
SY is a band I really liked until I bought their CDs and now I can't stand them.
 
Oh, you're just a hoot! {#Roflol} I think the word for you is "mercurial."  You know - like a thermometer - sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down, but you're always unpredictable.  {#Hug} Um, so, wanna send me the CDs, since you can't stand them? *g* {#Daisy}
Sonic Nurse is an all around great album and more accessible than some other of Sonic Youth's stuff.
I like this song more and more all the time. Kind of melodically dissonant. Wouldn't want them to completely give up their trademarks.
Like this tune!
My kind of nurse {#Chillpill}{#Devil_pimp}

NJ
Still don't like you guys, sorry.
{#Dancingbanana_2} This has such an infectious beat that I can't help tapping my foot and forgetting what I'm supposed to be doing. Fun song!{#Bananajumprope}
 hippiechick wrote:
SY is a band I really liked until I bought their CDs and now I can't stand them.
 
lol....anyone care to comment on this CD? How does the other songs compare to this one (excluding the other two featured on RP)?

So great.
Hmm...a Sonic Youth song I really like. Interesting.

definitely a sonic afternoon

check, thurston!

This is a classic, signature piece that expresses the vibe of RP for me.
SY is a band I really liked until I bought their CDs and now I can't stand them.
Thought this was Radiohead for a second...
play more of this!
Keep going B&R...the last 4 songs have been fantastic!  You're on a roll, and I have to join a conference call in 5 minutes...but I'm going to keep you playing to drown out the noise on the other end of the line.

Thanks RP...
This sounds quite a bit like Rain on Tin.
One of my favorite quotes is from Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

Reporter: "Why are your guitars out of tune?"
Moore: "They're in tune, they're just all tuned differently."
I love the word mondegreen. In the immortal words of CCR: "There's a bathroom on the right."

Also love Sonic Youth. Thanks to RP for getting me to buy this album. Excellent.

 
fredriley wrote:
"kill us your scumbag blues"? Nice big noise, though - 7 from the mondegreen-afflected Nottingham jury.
 


"kill us your scumbag blues"? Nice big noise, though - 7 from the mondegreen-afflected Nottingham jury.
I'd like to hear this followed by matt pond PA's "New Hampshire". 
 rtb wrote:

I hear Joy Division in the opening.

 

martinc wrote: I hear the foo fighters in this one.

I think I hear my girlfriend screaming "Turn It Down"  ...


...Unlike Buddy Guy who has decimated the riff bat with one hypertonic note lead on!
Magic RP ! Today I could listen with fresh ears :) Such a great feeling
First time i have heard this track and i have to say i like it a lot.
I used to like them a lot - but then I came to China.
After 7 years of constant reference to Sonic Youth I can't stand them anymore. Almost idolized rock heroes, one thousand times copied, making the usual plain statement about the "chinese underground music scene" where there is no evolution whatsoever in lyrics or quality of the musicians. Yes there are exceptions. Too few. The fact that, yes china is not a democracy, and yes the pressure is huge on teenagers and young adults, doesn't make the bands musically interesting. Same with the lyrics. With the high patronage of some foreign bands who seem to make a confusion between political committement and musical creativity.
I guess they think it's necessary. And it only leads to smugness and complacency. Too sad, too bad, so wrong...
Hopefully the next generation has arrived. There are numerous bands in Beijing now (from all over China), lots of venue. And if the young people still only listen to mainstream music, it's changing. Further they are not as obssessed with the same western bands.
May be I'll be able to listen to this music again then.
I'll still give it a 6


Incinerate
 reindeer wrote:

I've done it ~45-50 mph, which is probably the top speed that the road can be driven safely with a car on dry pavement.
Maybe a motorbike could do better.  My car lifted off the ground at the top.  Seriously.  That road is insane.

BTW, what's a "Sonic Nurse" anyway?

 
Not advised, road is usually in less than perfect condition rocks and gravel at high speeds and hair pin turns are a recipe for road rash...but the straight aways and the Conway side are nice...
all in all, still don't like this song

 mjmurphy61 wrote:
Great production on this one. Love it. They made great use of the stereo spectrum with instument placement and separation.
 
Thanks, Mr. Spector, but, um, the song still sucks.

LOVE THIS SONG!  That guitar just makes my spine shiver!

{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}{#Guitarist} 
 ptooey wrote:

Every time I read a comment like this one, I have an almost uncontrollable urge to yell at some kids to get the hell off of my lawn.
 
Wow, having a bad day? When I read a comment like this it makes me want to throw my drink on the lawn and go make a fresh one. Let the kids play your grass it will grow back.{#Cheers}
 ptooey wrote:

Every time I read a comment like this one, I have an almost uncontrollable urge to yell at some kids to get the hell off of my lawn.

 

{#Roflol}
Great production on this one. Love it. They made great use of the stereo spectrum with instument placement and separation.
A Sonic Youth song that gets more than a meh from this cat. Mostly crappy noise, but this one isn't too bad.
 martinc wrote:
I hear the foo fighters in this one.
 
I hear Joy Division in the opening.

I love this song.

What the heck is it about?   {#Stupid}
 ptooey wrote:

Every time I read a comment like this one, I have an almost uncontrollable urge to yell at some kids to get the hell off of my lawn.

 {#Lol} - BTW, I love this song. 


 martinc wrote:
I hear the foo fighters in this one.
 
Every time I read a comment like this one, I have an almost uncontrollable urge to yell at some kids to get the hell off of my lawn.

{#Guitarist}
I hear the foo fighters in this one.
Wow...an example of accessible (listenable) Sonic Youth.  Liking it! {#Yes}
Yes, I can see how Radiohead may have taken a cue from this.
I had stopped listening to their work after Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (1994, Geffen)...may rethink that decision.

 Alpine wrote:
Sounds like Radio Head took a lesson from these guys.
 
A lot of people took a lesson from these guys and girl. And that's a good thing

Someone needs to upload some Neu! to RP.
 ryuujin23 wrote:
This makes me want to drive really fast down the Kancamagus Highway.
 
I've never been down the Kancamagus (the closest to New Hampshire I've come is New Brunswick) but this piece always brings me back to Lower Mainland B.C.

A Sonic Nurse is a sonic youth fantasy

 
reindeer wrote:

I've done it ~45-50 mph, which is probably the top speed that the road can be driven safely with a car on dry pavement.
Maybe a motorbike could do better.  My car lifted off the ground at the top.  Seriously.  That road is insane.

BTW, what's a "Sonic Nurse" anyway?

 

 Laptopdog wrote:
Had to bump this from an 7 to an 8.

A 7? What was I thinking?!
 

Same here....
 ryuujin23 wrote:
This makes me want to drive really fast down the Kancamagus Highway.
 
I've done it ~45-50 mph, which is probably the top speed that the road can be driven safely with a car on dry pavement.
Maybe a motorbike could do better.  My car lifted off the ground at the top.  Seriously.  That road is insane.

BTW, what's a "Sonic Nurse" anyway?

Laptopdog wrote:
Had to bump this from an 7 to an 8.

A 7? What was I thinking?!

(Looking at your location description) "I hate this f*&^%$# city?"  {#Ask}

{#Wink}

I'll see your 8 and raise you a 9!

Common, LA's not so bad, is it? There is always a trip to the beach... {#Sunny}
 reverber wrote:

I was lucky enough to see them in a cinder block shack in the middle of a Kansas cornfield in 1986. With fIREHOSE
 

Damn!  Now wondering what happend to firehose!  Loved them too!  They were big in Iowa at the same time as Uncle tup!  Very nice.  Check this: https://www.archive.org/details/firehose1987-04-20..flacf

Had to bump this from an 7 to an 8.

A 7? What was I thinking?!


Love it!!! More Sonic Youth.

realy ... magnific ... 
 reverber wrote:

I was lucky enough to see them in a cinder block shack in the middle of a Kansas cornfield in 1986. With fIREHOSE
 
{#Notworthy}

fooisme wrote:
great music!
wish i had the chance to see them live at the knitting factory back in the 90s..

<gloat>I was lucky enough to see them in a cinder block shack in the middle of a Kansas cornfield in 1986. With fIREHOSE</gloat>