There are so many ways to look at Sonic Youth. In one corner you have the diehards. They like everything that Sonic Youth ever did. You need to discount them, for now. In the other corner, you have the haters, or at least non-likers, a coalition of those too square to fathom, those wholly unfamiliar with them, and then the Super Haters. That there is a force to be reckoned with, those Super Haters. And it is to them I suggest the following. Relax. You don't have to like the band, or the fact that they signed to a major way back when and you never quite got over it. Take their good stuff on it's own merit and shut up.
The video for their song "Kool Thing" is Exhibit A. It's a good noisy song on its own, but the video is some kinda low-budge cool. I've no idea what the story behind it is, but I'm seeing the Exploding Plastic Inevitable Lite, Warhol Factory type stuff, with black and white segments that look like Robert Mapplethorpe shot it. The editing figures big too. It's just an excellent video. And I hate to say it, but it's sexy, real sexy. In a rock 'n' roll sexy sorta way. Haters may resume after viewing.
If you like the song, you presumably already have it. Regardless, you'll want to check the demo of it below. The guitars are more distorted, and the drums are just plain nuts. Quite a racket. Come to think of it, the haters may have been on to something. If this is what they sound like on an 8 track budget, maybe they should have never left.
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Sonic Youth - Kool Thing (demo) mp3 at Muskrat Midldleberry (?)