02/23/93 - Tokyo, Japan @ Sun Plaza

Brother James
Kill Yr Idols
Kool Thing
Sugar Kane
I Love Her All The Time
Teenage Riot
Swimsuit Issue
Drunken Butterfly
Theresa's Sound-World
Youth Against Fascism
Oh Bondage, Up Yours!

  • The only known performance of the X-Ray Spex cover 'Oh Bondage, Up Yours!' (also covered by Free Kitten) w/ guests from the Boredoms.


    ?: woman introduces band in japanese
    - Shoot
    - 100%
    T: "1 2 3 4!"
    - Brother James
    - Kill Yr Idols
    [tape plays containing elements of the 'bonus track' from Experimental Jet Set, siren noises + japanese gas lady, etc]
    - Kool Thing
    [more jet set tape]
    T: "Thank you ladies and gentlemen. We're called Sonic Youth, and we come from New York City. And it's an honor to be here in Tokyo playing for y'all. I'd like to dedicate this next song to the Violent Onsen Geisha, and this is called 'Sugar Kane'."
    - Sugar Kane
    [toy beatbox noises]
    - I Love Her All The Time
    T: "This song is about all the girls in the audience taking over and killing everybody. Except for me. This is called 'Teenage Riot'."
    - Teenage Riot
    T: "Thanks."
    [more jet set tape]
    L: "This is called 'Genetic'."
    - Genetic
    T: "This next song is for all the men in the audience. Especially all you security guys. We would like you to spend the rest of the concert in your underwear if that would be too cool. I think it would make things kind of interesting for the rest of the evening. And, I tell ya, I think that we'll do it. Um.."
    K: "I think the guys in the suits should start first cuz they're wearing the most clothes."
    T: "Yeah. Anyway, this is for you, for all you tough guys. This is called 'Swimsuit Issue'."
    - Swimsuit Issue
    T: "This is called a piercing. *makes weird noise* I'd like to send this one out to the boys in S.O.B.!"
    K: "'Drunken Butterfly'."
    - Drunken Butterfly
    - Theresa's Sound-World
    T: "Thank you, goodnight, we'll seeya next time, goodbye."
    [encore break]
    - JC
    T: "This song is called 'Youth Against Fascism'!"
    - Youth Against Fascism
    T: "Thanks. What is this, Mama's--"
    L: "Mama's In A Factory!"
    T: "Check this shit out!"
    [mama's in a factory tape plays]
    L: "It sounds like Crazy Horse!"
    T: "This is Mama's In a Factory, Tokyo. ?? bass, Hideya guitar, Hiromi vocals, ?? guitar/harmonica.."
    L: "Who threw it?"
    T: "??"
    L: "Is this your band? Your band?"
    T: "This song is called 'Summer Sky'."
    L: "This is their Tokyo debut!"
    T: "It's very beautiful. I'd like to dedicate this song to you, this is called 'Schizophrenia'."
    - Schizophrenia
    T: "K we gotta split because I think they're gonna kick us outta here, um, pretty soon. Let me see what time it is, I got mine.. aww, man, aww.. no.. k.. *laughs* I don't make the rules, I just fuckin break em and shit, so fuck it, let's stay here all night! In fact I got a better idea, why don't we invite some of the Boredoms out and we'll do a rousing rendition of a punk rock classic for you? I'm just thinking of this off the top of my head! [boredoms arrive onstage to much applause] Yeah, this is Yoshimi ?? ?? No.. [bands talking to each other onstage] Does someone .. Lee? You know the 2-time 4-time thing? It starts when they start singing. Something like that. Now, where's um... You might recognize this song or you might not, it doesn't really fucking matter. Umm.. we're missing one of the Boredoms."
    L: "You're all invited up on stage at the end!"
    T: "These are the lyrics. They're written by Poly Styrene in 1977. 1976!"
    Yoshimi: "Some people think that little girls should be seen and not heard. But I think: OH BONDAGE UP YOURS!"
    - Oh Bondage, Up Yours!
    [general noise + jet set tape]


  • Boredoms

    Have any information on this show? E-mail me!


  • Return to the Sonic Youth Concert Chronology.