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23.  Sonic Youth

Our next act is a band that will likely be beat out for induction by other 90’s Alternative acts, despite having a sound that wasn’t really like the bands they are often lumped with. Of course, it is really hard to categorize Sonic Youth with any other band, they were just that unique.

 

Unlike other bands on this list, Sonic Youth spent much of their career forgoing the traditional Rock and Roll platform. Much of their work was based on experimentation pushing the boundaries of what a guitar could do by using feedback and various tuning to create a wide variety of sounds and molded them into palatable music that was different than anything else in the musical landscape. Certainly considered influential within the Indy and Underground scene, it remains to be seen whether their lack of record sales could hold them back. Our guess is that should they get in; the Hall will likely put Nirvana and Pearl Jam in first. Since neither are eligible for awhile, Sonic Youth’s wait could be a long one.

 
Sonic Youth

www.sonicyouth.com

 



Should Sonic Youth be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 73.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #50
    2011: #41
    2012: #33
    2013: #28
    2014: #26
    2015: #26
    2016: #25
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 2007
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (New York City)
  • Why they will get in: They certainly meet the innovation and influence criteria.
  • Why they won't get in: They could be considered far too unconventional for induction.
  • Essential Albums: EVOL (1986)
    Daydream Nation (1988)
    Dirty (1992)
    Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (1994)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Death Valley ’69 (From Bad Moon Rising, 1985)
    Starpower (From Evol, 1987)
    Eric’s Trip (From Daydream Nation, 1989)
    Kool Thing (From Goo, 1990)

Should Sonic Youth be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 73.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6.1%

SONIC YOUTH AT MURMRR THEATRE IN BROOKLYN, NY

Aug 17, 2019

Buy your Tickets to see Sonic Youth at Murmrr Theatre in Brooklyn, NY HERE for as little as $!

Sonic Youth
 
Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 17:42

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+9 #3 Bruno 2016-01-01 19:52
Sonic Youth albums, starting around the late 80's, were VERY critically acclaimed. I think they have a better shot at induction than people are giving them currently.
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+8 #2 Sean -0001-11-30 00:00
These guys should definitely be the next American alternative act inducted (I'd definitely rather see them in before RHCP). They were as big of an influence on Nirvana as the Pixies were AND had much greater longevity to boot. They will probably get in before long because Neil Young is a hall favorite and he had these guys opening for him in the late '80s and sang their praises repeatedly.
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+6 #1 EmilyKane -0001-11-30 00:00
Sonic Youth invented alternative music (as we knew/listene d to it in the 90s). They bridge the gap between punk, crazy NYC no wave guitar experimentat ion (i.e. Glenn Branca), and what we know as grunge in the 90s. And aside from their stylistic influence, Kurt Cobain would have never signed with Geffen had it not been for Thurston Moore's influence. And THEN what would have happened/not happened?!
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