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Matt Everitt chats to Kim Gordon, former bassist, vocalist and guitarist with Sonic Youth, about the key musical moments of her life.

Matt chats to Kim Gordon, formerly bassist, vocalist and guitarist with Sonic Youth, about key first musical moments in her life.
Sonic Youth are without doubt one of the most important alternative bands to have emerged from the American post punk landscape. In 1981 when they formed the musical world was divided into Duran Duran-type pop or upcoming guitars bands like The Cure, REM and Echo & The Bunnymen - Sonic Youth forged a third way as much informed by the avant-garde as by any rock music that had gone before.

And since their inception - bassist, guitarist and singer Kim Gordon was a key element in driving the band forward artistically. She trained as a visual artist, and her drive to experiment with sound helped the band establish themselves as a key influence on indie music - bands like Nirvana, My Bloody Valentine, PJ Harvey, Dinosaur Jr and The Flaming Lips all owed a huge debt to Sonic Youth. Also her position as an articulate woman performer in the mostly male underground music scene inspired countless other female performers.

She's also a film and video director, a writer, fashion designer and producer - more to the point, she's just cool.

Here she talks about her unlikely early musical passions (the soundtrack to South Pacific and The Parent Trap) early very dissonant days of Sonic Youth, her passions for Joni Mitchell, Chet Baker and Stan Getz, and her fascination with Karen Carpenter. She also chats about collaboration with Yoko Ono and the dangers of being in the studio with Courtney Love (Gordon produced her album Pretty on the Inside) and how her own artist background and the Warhol-centric New York art scene influenced Sonic Youth during their career.

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Sat 16 May 2020 04:00

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Music Played

  • Sonic Youth

    Kool Thing

    • Goo.
    • Geffen.
    • 7599-24297-2.
  • Hayley Mills

    LET'S GET TOGETHER

    • THE SHERMAN BROTHERS.
    • PICKWICK.
    • DSMCD-462.
  • Astrud Gilberto

    THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA

    • IT'S COOL.
    • PARLOPHONE.
    • CDP-7968892.
  • Herman’s Hermits

    A MUST TO AVOID

    • THE BEST OF THE EMI YEARS - VOL 1.
    • EMI.
    • CDEMS-1415.
  • Joni Mitchell

    SONG TO A SEAGULL

    • JONI MITCHELL.
    • REPRISE.
    • 244-051.
  • Sonic Youth

    Death Valley '69

    • Vinyl 45.
    • Blast First.
    • BFFP 2.
  • The Stooges

    I wanna be your dog

    • A MILLION IN PRIZES DISC ONE.
    • VIRGIN.
    • 09563 30898-2 2.
  • Sonic Youth

    TEEN AGE RIOT

    • DAYDREAM NATION.
    • BLAST FIRST.
    • BFFP-34CD.
  • Carpenters

    We've Only Just Begun

    • CARPENTERS - THEIR GREATEST HITS.
    • A & M.
    • 397 048-2.
  • Sonic Youth

    Dirty Boots

    • Dirty Boots.
    • DGC.
    • dgcds-21634.
  • Yoko Ono

    Mulberry

    • Blueprint For A Sunrise.
    • Capitol Records.
    • 7243 5 36035 2 6.
  • Body/Head

    Aint

    • Coming Apart.
    • Matador.
    • B00DNLZQCA.
  • Catherine Ribeiro

    Ame Debout

    • Ame Debout.
    • Philips.
    • 6332 017.
  • American Music Club

    Gratitude Walks

    • Virgin.

Broadcasts

  • Sun 17 Nov 2013 13:00
  • Sun 24 Nov 2013 02:00
  • Sun 14 Jan 2018 04:00
  • Sat 16 May 2020 04:00

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