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Old 03.30.2007, 01:14 PM   #81
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My first was Experimental..... when I was 14, It was like, wow, music can be different and good at the same time. Also, Rather Ripped, IMO, is the best thing they've done in years.
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Old 03.31.2007, 05:02 AM   #82
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Keep it very very simple: Daydream Nation.
If this "SY newbie" can't see as to why this album is anything but generic and virtually legendary, this character is never going to like Sonic Youth.
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Old 03.31.2007, 05:57 AM   #83
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Old 04.05.2007, 01:54 PM   #84
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Old 04.07.2007, 01:12 PM   #85
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Funny, this very topic came up at my friend's Passover gathering the other night.

Somebody said Daydream Nation, I also heard Sonic Nurse (my first SY album), but I recommended Washing Machine to the initiate.

Washing Machine has got a good grab bag of SY styles, from brash (Panty Lies) to tranquil (Saucerlike), and of course it closes with a lengthy nod to their experimental side, as if promising ever noisier pastures. I remember this one getting a lot of play when I first got it a couple years ago.
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Old 04.07.2007, 01:43 PM   #86
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I started off with daydream nation. looking back i think it was the perfect intro to sonic youth. It prepared me for rather ripped, as well as some of their more experimental efforts.

now thinking back, i think goo is a more fitting intro to sonic youth. it has some great songs on there, and i don't think there's anything on the album that too far "out there".
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Old 08.18.2008, 04:03 AM   #87
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sonic death? adventurous choice for a newbie!
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Old 08.18.2008, 04:15 AM   #88
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Old 08.18.2008, 04:24 AM   #89
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I started with Daydream Nation without having heard anything like it before. So either that, Sister or EVOL.
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Old 08.18.2008, 04:39 AM   #90
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i would say DDN too. its the consense record. its their essence. if you dont like it you will probably dont get that much out of the rest
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Old 08.18.2008, 05:04 AM   #91
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Old 08.18.2008, 05:07 AM   #92
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Old 08.18.2008, 06:14 AM   #93
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i gave a 12 yrs old boy, completly ignorant of sy, copies of sonic death, washing machine and 1000leaves. also talked to him a little bit about the band and internet/music. it was a very short talk, because i didnt want to overflood him with info, since also we didnt have a pc in front of us.

haha that'll corrupt his young tender mind or so some would have you to believe, probably enlighten him to new/old wonders.

I don't believe that heavy music and horror movies are capable of corrupting a childs mind, didn't effect me anyway.
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Old 08.18.2008, 12:31 PM   #94
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Old 02.21.2009, 07:30 PM   #95
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Depends what type of music the person already listens to. If they like early 90s grunge/alternative then Goo or Dirty. If they like really awesome experimental stuff then maybe an SYR or NYC Ghosts & Flowers, but overall either EVOL, Sister, or DDN are great starters. My first album was EJSTNS, which I still enjoy listening to.
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Old 02.22.2009, 12:08 PM   #96
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I started with Dirty.
I guess Daydream Nation is a fine place to start... it shows what sonic youth are and is maybe their best. If DDN doesn't work, try on Sister (for peaceful souls, lol) or Goo / Dirty (for those who like to rockin').
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Old 02.22.2009, 01:10 PM   #97
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Old 02.22.2009, 03:22 PM   #98
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Like many of you here have said, it depends what kind of music you are familiar to.

I started with Daydream Nation and now I have 26 SY records.
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Old 02.22.2009, 05:05 PM   #99
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i started with dirty, then went into sonic hibernation then got murray street
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Old 02.22.2009, 07:20 PM   #100
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Rather Ripped is quite accessible
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