Published Feb 11, 2016Like many legacy artists, noise-spiked alt-rock greats Sonic Youth are in the midst of re-releasing their back catalogue on vinyl. On top of a recently announced run of album re-releases, the band have now confirmed that their DGC era catalogue is due to be repressed through UMe.
While we recently learned about a round of reissues through USM, a press release confirms that UMe is set to offer new, remastered versions of all nine of Sonic Youth's albums for DGC.
The first block to arrive are 1990's Goo, 1992's Dirty, 1995's Washing Machine and a 12-inch single for the latter LP's "The Diamond Sea." They all hit stores February 26.
Goo was the band's first major label album and first to follow 1988's landmark Daydream Nation. It kicked off with "Dirty Boots," featured the Kim Gordon-sung "Kool Thing" with Chuck D, and led to tours with Neil Young and Nirvana. The latter trek was captured as part of the 1991: The Year Punk Broke documentary.
Dirty from 1992 was first delivered as a double LP, and was produced by Butch Vig (Nirvana, Garbage). The album featured singles "100%," "Youth Against Fascism" and "Sugar Kane," Kim Gordon's massive, sexism-targeting "Swimsuit," and a cover of the Untouchables' "Nic Fit."
Washing Machine was the band's ninth album, released in 1995. At one point, the band had considered changing their name to Washing Machine and starting anew, but opted to use this as the album title instead.
An edited-down version of 20-minute Washing Machine track "The Diamond Sea" had also been issued as a CD single in the mid-'90s, but this batch of reissues marks the single's first-ever vinyl pressing. The vinyl features a trim "The Diamond Sea" and B-side "My Area" on one side, and an extended, alternate take of "The Diamond Sea" on the flip.
While dates have yet to be locked down, the UMe campaign will also deliver new copies of 1994's Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, 1998's A Thousand Leaves, 2000's NYC Ghosts & Flowers, 2002's Murray Street, 2004's Sonic Nurse and 2006's Rather Ripped. These six albums are also part of USM's campaign.