NOTES FOR BURNING SPEAR - THURSTON AND LEE (EADGBE)

Sonic Youth have alleged in the past that the entire first EP was recorded in standard tuning. However, for most of the songs, tuning isn't really of specific importance. For Burning Spear, Thurston has been using F#F#F#F#EB lately, and Lee has been using whatever guitar he happens to be playing at the time (F#F#GGAA seems popular). For his part, Thurston wedges a drumstick under the 12th fret and beats it w/ a second stick. Lee apparently uses an electric drill thru a wah pedal on the original song.. live he seems to just attack his guitar with drumsticks..

NOTES FOR I DREAMED I DREAM - THURSTON AND LEE (EADGBE)

Tuning confirmed by various statements by the band that the first EP was all in standard.

NOTES FOR SHE IS NOT ALONE - THURSTON AND LEE (EADGBE)

Tuning confirmed by various statements by the band that the first EP was all in standard. Thurston's part is just picking behind the bridge, and has lately been using F#F#F#F#EB on the song. Also, Lee is now using GGDDGG w/ a capo at the 4th fret (granted, his part is different nowadays than the original version).

NOTES FOR I DON'T WANT TO PUSH IT - THURSTON AND LEE (EADGBE)

Tuning confirmed by various statements by the band that the first EP was all in standard.

NOTES FOR THE GOOD AND THE BAD - LEE AND KIM (EADGBE)

Tuning confirmed by various statements by the band that the first EP was all in standard. Like other early songs, tuning is not of large importance here. I suspect drumsticks were involved in this song, but I don't know.

NOTES FOR SHE'S IN A BAD MOOD - THURSTON (?)

I don't know what this tuning is. He plays the atonal open string strumming that opens the song. He used the same tuning on World Looks Red. For the outro, he runs a cowbell up the strings.

NOTES FOR SHE'S IN A BAD MOOD - LEE (?)

No clue here, either. Probably something in E...

NOTES FOR PROTECT ME YOU - THURSTON (?)

Aside from "Bad Mood" and "World", this is the only song on Confusion that Thurston played guitar on, so it's probably the same as those two.

NOTES FOR I WANNA BE YR DOG - LEE (EADGBE)

Like most covers, this is played in standard. Confirmed by live shows.

NOTES FOR SHAKING HELL - LEE (E A D G B E)

On the 2006 tour, Lee is using a Tele in EADECD for this song, and he recalls this is what he used back in the 80s. However, you can clearly hear him retune to standard after World/Confusion and before Shaking/Making on any given 1983 recording.

NOTES FOR SHAKING HELL - KIM (?)

I suspect Kim just used whatever guitar Thurston handed to her when they traded instruments. For instance, she used F#F#GGAA at an '86 show after White Kross. On the 2006 tour she is using EADGBE!.

NOTES FOR INHUMAN - LEE (?)

In 1985, Lee was using EG#EG#EG# for this song. I doubt that tuning was used on the original recording though. He also used to play a modified zither on this song.

NOTES FOR INHUMAN - KIM (?)

Like Shaking Hell, I imagine Kim just used any guitar for her part. Seen using a drumstick on Screaming Fields.

NOTES FOR THE WORLD LOOKS RED - THURSTON (?)

Same tuning as She's in a Bad Mood. Don't know what it is though.

NOTES FOR THE WORLD LOOKS RED - LEE (EADECD)

Tuning confirmed by Venlo disc, early live tuning. Screwdriver behind 9th fret.

NOTES FOR CONFUSION IS SEX - LEE (EADECD)

Tuning confirmed by Venlo disc, early live tuning. Screwdriver behind 9th fret.

NOTES FOR MAKING THE NATURE SCENE - LEE (E A D G B E)

This tuning comes from the Live in Venlo disc. However, tuning isn't really important for this song (recent set lists just say "any").

NOTES FOR KILL YR IDOLS - THURSTON AND LEE (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by videos/set lists.

NOTES FOR BROTHER JAMES - THURSTON AND LEE (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by Guitar Player February '89, Guitar Player December '92, Guitar Player July '94, etc etc.

NOTES FOR EARLY AMERICAN - THURSTON AND LEE (GGDDD#D#)

In Guitar School Nov '92 they say that the Kill Yr Idols EP was mostly "2 guitars in unison tuning". Lee certainly uses GDD#, but on a video I have, it seems like Thurston might be using the same guitar used on Bad Mood/World Red. He has a drumstick under the strings so I'm guessing the tuning isn't a big deal.

NOTES FOR INTRO - THURSTON AND LEE (F#F#F#F#EB)

This tuning is basically confirmed by being part of Brave Men Run, whose tuning is listed in the "Confusion is Next" book.

NOTES FOR BRAVE MEN RUN - THURSTON AND LEE (F#F#F#F#EB)

Tuning confirmed for both guitarists by the "Confusion is Next" book.

NOTES FOR SOCIETY IS A HOLE - THURSTON AND LEE (F#F#F#F#EB)

Almost positive both are in F#F#F#F#EB since SY's 1984 shows went Brave Men Run / Society Is a Hole / Death Valley '69 / etc... I don't think the tunings listed in the Bad Moon liners for Lee (see Ghost Bitch) are for this song. However, I could be wrong...

NOTES FOR I LOVE HER ALL THE TIME - THURSTON (GGCCA#A#)

Played with a drumstick under the strings at the 12th fret, which is rubbed with a second drumstick. I don't think that the specific tuning is necessary though..

Confirmed by Bad Moon Rising liner notes.

NOTES FOR I LOVE HER ALL THE TIME - LEE (D#D#C#C#GG)

Played with a screwdriver under the strings at the 9th fret.

Confirmed by Bad Moon Rising liner notes, Guitar Player February 1989, and "Confusion is Next" book. Circa '91/92 he may have been using D#C#G#.

NOTES FOR GHOST BITCH - THURSTON (GGCCA#A#)

Confirmed by live video (Thurston doesn't change guitars after I Love Her All The Time).

NOTES FOR GHOST BITCH - LEE (?)

Lee uses an acoustic guitar w/ a pick-up to achieve the droning feedback on this song. It sounds like it's mostly tuned to F#s, perhaps the F#AAF#F#F# "good for something" tuning listed on the early Death Valley '69 lyrics?

NOTES FOR I'M INSANE - THURSTON -- n/a

On the Gila Monster Jamboree video, Thurston doesn't play any guitar, he just reads the lyrics off of cards. However, there are amp settings for him in the Bad Moon Rising liners...

NOTES FOR I'M INSANE - LEE (DDDDEA)

Confirmed by Bad Moon Rising liners. On Gila Monster vid, he uses F#F#F#F#EB though, so I doubt specific tuning is essential.

NOTES FOR JUSTICE IS MIGHT - THURSTON -- n/a

I don't believe Thurston plays guitar on this song.

NOTES FOR JUSTICE IS MIGHT - LEE (AAEEF#A)

Confirmed by Bad Moon Rising liners. Thurston tweaks the knobs on Lee's amp during the outro of this song.

NOTES FOR DEATH VALLEY '69 - THURSTON AND LEE (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by "Confusion is Next", Musician Mag Dec. 1995, Guitar Player Dec. 92, Guitar Player Aug. '91, Guitar Player Feb. 1989, etc etc etc.

NOTES FOR FLOWER - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by Gila Monster Jamboree video and '99 set lists.

NOTES FOR FLOWER - LEE (GGDDD#D#)

Lee uses a screwdriver behind the 5th fret, and detunes frequently through-out the song. Confirmed by Gila Monster video and '99 set lists.

NOTES FOR HALLOWEEN - THURSTON AND LEE (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by Guitar Player October 1986.

NOTES FOR TOM VIOLENCE - THURSTON AND LEE (F#F#GGAA)

Confirmed by live videos and set lists.

NOTES FOR SHADOW OF A DOUBT - THURSTON (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by set lists and my own eyes.

NOTES FOR SHADOW OF A DOUBT - LEE (F# F# A A E E)

Confirmed by Lee.

NOTES FOR STARPOWER - THURSTON AND LEE(F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by 1986 video.

NOTES FOR IN THE KINGDOM #19 - THURSTON AND LEE

Thurston and Lee play the guitars on this song, Mike Watt plays bass, and Steve drums. It's never been played live, but probably either of the F# tunings was used..

NOTES FOR GREEN LIGHT - THURSTON AND LEE (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by videos.

NOTES FOR DEATH TO OUR FRIENDS - THURSTON AND LEE (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by '86 video.

NOTES FOR SECRET GIRL - THURSTON AND LEE (anything)

The main instrument in this song is a piano track played on a walkman thru an amplifier. While Thurston and Lee do make feedback overtop, I don't think precise tunings are necessary, they just use whatever they'd been previously using.

NOTES FOR MARILYN MOORE - THURSTON (GGCCD#D#)

This was the best I could come up with (or GGCCA#A#?) after watching an '86 vid...

NOTES FOR MARILYN MOORE - LEE (CCD#GGD)

Confirmed by live shows. He used a slide on a tiny guitar that he holds up like a lap steel.

NOTES FOR EXPRESSWAY - THURSTON AND LEE (EG#EG#EG#)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991 + many many other interviews, set lists, etc etc. Lee uses a slide.

NOTES FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA - THURSTON (F#F#GGAA)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991 and many set lists/videos.

NOTES FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA - LEE (DDDDAA)

Figured out by ear at first (thanks Larse), later confirmed by my own eyes.

NOTES FOR CATHOLIC BLOCK - THURSTON (F#F#F#F#EB)

Thurston uses a slide towards the end of the song.
Confirmed by videos and set lists.

NOTES FOR CATHOLIC BLOCK - LEE (DDDDAA)

Confirmed by '87 video.

NOTES FOR BEAUTY LIES IN THE EYE - LEE (F#F#C#C#C#C#)

Pretty clear based on 04/23/87 audio recording. Middle C#s in unison, top C#s an octave above.

NOTES FOR STEREO SANCTITY - THURSTON AND LEE (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by videos and set lists.

NOTES FOR PIPELINE - THURSTON AND LEE (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by '87 video.

NOTES FOR TUFF GNARL - THURSTON (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by '87 video.

NOTES FOR TUFF GNARL - LEE (DDDDAA)

Confirmed by '87 video.

NOTES FOR PCH - THURSTON AND LEE (EG#EG#EG#)

Confirmed by videos and set lists.

NOTES FOR HOTWIRE MY HEART - THURSTON AND LEE (EADGBE)

Confirmed by bootlegs.

NOTES FOR COTTON CROWN - THURSTON AND LEE (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by Guitar Player February 1989, August 1991 and December 1992, videos and set lists.

NOTES FOR WHITE KROSS- THURSTON AND LEE (F#F#GGAA)

Confirmed by videos and set lists.

NOTES FOR TEENAGE RIOT - THURSTON (GABDEG)

Confirmed in Guitar Player August 1991, Guitar Player February 1989, several other magazines and set lists..

NOTES FOR TEENAGE RIOT - LEE (GGDDGG)

Confirmed in Guitar Player August 1991, Guitar Player February 1989.

NOTES FOR SILVER ROCKET - THURSTON (ACCGG#C)

Confirmed by Confusion is Next, Guitar Player December 1992, Guitar Player August 1991, Guitar Player February 1989.

NOTES FOR SILVER ROCKET - LEE (AAEEAA)

Confirmed by Confusion is Next, Guitar Player December 1992, Guitar Player February 1989.

NOTES FOR THE SPRAWL - THURSTON (CCEBGD)

Confirmed by '89 video.

NOTES FOR THE SPRAWL - LEE (GGDDGG)

Confirmed by '89 video.

NOTES FOR 'CROSS THE BREEZE - THURSTON (CCEBGD)

Confirmed in Guitar Player August 1991, Guitar Player February 1989.

NOTES FOR 'CROSS THE BREEZE - LEE (EEEEF#F#)

Confirmed by Guitar Player February 1989.

NOTES FOR ERIC'S TRIP - THURSTON (BBxxF#F#)

Thurston plays an old guitar the band had for ages called a "Drifter" (stolen in '99). It had 4 bass strings on it and he fretted all the notes with a drumstick. The lower strings were in unison B, and the higher strings in unison F#. Confirmed by sonic techs.

NOTES FOR ERIC'S TRIP - LEE (EBEEAB)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991, Guitar Player February 1989.

NOTES FOR TOTAL TRASH - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by Guitar Player February 1989.

NOTES FOR TOTAL TRASH - LEE (GGDDGG)

Confirmed by Sonic Techs.

NOTES FOR HEY JONI - THURSTON (GABDEG)

Confirmed by '89 video.

NOTES FOR HEY JONI - LEE (EBEEAB)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991, Guitar Player February 1989.

NOTES FOR CANDLE - THURSTON (ACCGG#C)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991, Guitar Player February 1989.

NOTES FOR CANDLE - LEE (AAEEAA)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR RAIN KING - THURSTON (D#D#AAEE)

This tuning was a complete mystery until the band had to relearn the Daydream songs for the 2007 performances of the album in full...in fact, it remained a mystery after they began learning the songs! It took quite a bit of detective work to crack this long forgotten tuning, but this is what they were able to come up with.

NOTES FOR RAIN KING - LEE (EBEEAA)

A variation of EBEEAB, this is what Lee has decided on using for the 2007 Daydream Nation gigs, and he's pretty sure it was the original tuning.

NOTES FOR KISSABILITY - THURSTON (ACCGG#C)

Confirmed by '89 video.

NOTES FOR KISSABILITY - LEE (EBEEAB)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991, Guitar Player February 1989.

NOTES FOR THE WONDER - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992, Guitar Player February 1989.

NOTES FOR THE WONDER - LEE (GGC#DGG)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991, Guitar Player February 1989. Lee is using GGDDGG in 2007.

NOTES FOR HYPERSTATION - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992.

NOTES FOR HYPERSTATION - LEE (GGC#DGG)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991.

NOTES FOR ELIMINATOR JR - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by SY.

NOTES FOR ELIMINATOR JR - LEE (GGDDGG)

Confirmed by Guitar World February 1989.

NOTES FOR DIRTY BOOTS - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992, Guitar Player August 1991, Guitar Player July 1994.

NOTES FOR DIRTY BOOTS - LEE (EEBBEF#)

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992, Guitar Player August 1991.

NOTES FOR TUNIC - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by videos.

NOTES FOR TUNIC - LEE (GGDDGG)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991.

NOTES FOR MARY CHRIST - THURSTON (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991 and Confusion is Next.

NOTES FOR MARY CHRIST - LEE (FFCCAA)

Though listed in sonic tech notes as GGDDGG, Mary-Christ is almost certainly in an FCA tuning that was also used for "Lee #2", as well as Lee's solo "Here" piece.

NOTES FOR KOOL THING - THURSTON AND LEE (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by Musician December 1995, Guitar Player December 1992, Guitar Player August 1991, Confusion is Next.

NOTES FOR MOTE - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR MOTE - LEE (GGDDFF)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991.

NOTES FOR MY FRIEND GOO - LEE (GGDFFG)

He plucks the open strings quite clearly before the song on 11/9/90.

NOTES FOR MY FRIEND GOO - KIM (EGDGED)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991.

NOTES FOR DISAPPEARER - THURSTON (CCEBGD)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991.

NOTES FOR DISAPPEARER - LEE (??)

I seriously have no clue...

NOTES FOR MILDRED PIERCE - THURSTON AND LEE (EADGBE)

Confirmed.

NOTES FOR CINDERELLA'S BIG SCORE - THURSTON (ACCGG#C)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991.

NOTES FOR CINDERELLA'S BIG SCORE - LEE (BBEEAA)

Confirmed by Sonic TExx..

NOTES FOR TITANIUM EXPOSE - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by Guitar Player August 1991. Note that the LP version is slowed down by a half step.

NOTES FOR TITANIUM EXPOSE - LEE (GGDDGG)

Confirmed by '90 video. Note that the LP version is slowed down by a half step.

NOTES FOR LEE #2 - THURSTON (bass)

Thurston's bassline can (fortunately) only be heard on the live versions of the song, or the exclusive 'bass-only' mix released via an web-only Mix Tape.

NOTES FOR LEE #2 - LEE (FFCCAA)

Confirmed by a set list indicating there was a Jaguar in FCA. This tuning sounds exactly like the song.

NOTES FOR LEE #2 - KIM (EGDGED)

Kim doesn't play on the demo, but does on the outtake released on the Goo Deluxe Edition. During the few live versions she plays guitar, right after "My Friend Goo" so she probably uses EGDGED for this as well, but I'm not sure.

NOTES FOR 100% - THURSTON AND LEE (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992. Thurston uses a slide, and claims it doesn't really matter what tuning he uses. In '95, Lee used any tuning based in F# (AF#EF#EB for example) on this song.

NOTES FOR SWIMSUIT ISSUE - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992.

NOTES FOR SWIMSUIT ISSUE - LEE (EEBBEF#)

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992.

NOTES FOR SWIMSUIT ISSUE - KIM (BEGDBB)

Confirmed by sonic techs.

NOTES FOR THERESA'S SOUND-WORLD - THURSTON (ACCGG#C)

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992.

NOTES FOR THERESA'S SOUND-WORLD - LEE (AAEEAA)

Played with a capo at the 3rd fret.

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992 and Guitar World November 1992.

NOTES FOR DRUNKEN BUTTERFLY - THURSTON (F#F#GGAA)

Confirmed by videos.

NOTES FOR DRUNKEN BUTTERFLY LEE (F#F#GGAA)

Confirmed by videos.

NOTES FOR DRUNKEN BUTTERFLY - KIM (F#F#GA)

Confirmed by Guitar World November 1992.

NOTES FOR SHOOT - THURSTON (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by videos.

NOTES FOR SHOOT - LEE (AF#EF#EB)

Confirmed by sonic techs.

NOTES FOR WISH FULFILLMENT - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992.

NOTES FOR WISH FULFILLMENT - LEE (EEBBEF#)

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992.

NOTES FOR WISH FULFILLMENT - KIM (BEGDBB)

Confirmed by sonic techs.

NOTES FOR SUGAR KANE - THURSTON (GABDEG)

Confirmed by Guitar World November 1992.

NOTES FOR SUGAR KANE - LEE (GGBDGA)

Confirmed by Guitar World November 1992.

NOTES FOR ORANGE ROLLS, ANGEL'S SPIT - THURSTON AND LEE (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992. In sonic tech notes, Lee is said to use GGDDGG, but he picks out GDD# pretty clearly on the 07/04/92 show.

NOTES FOR YOUTH AGAINST FASCISM - THURSTON AND LEE (GGDDD#D#)

...or so it says in Guitar Player December 1992, but live Thurston used ACCGG#C and Lee used AAEEAA. Both Thurston and Lee attack their guitars with drumsticks or slides. I'm pretty sure they used these tunings on the record and not GDD#.

NOTES FOR NIC FIT - THURSTON (GGDDEbEb) & LEE (D#D#C#C#G#G#)

Lee uses "I Love Her All The Time" tuning, though that should be D# C# G...

NOTES FOR ON THE STRIP - THURSTON (ACCGG#C)

Confirmed by sonic techs.

NOTES FOR ON THE STRIP - LEE (AAEEAA)

Confirmed by sonic techs.

NOTES FOR ON THE STRIP - KIM (BEGDBB)

Confirmed by sonic techs.

NOTES FOR CHAPEL HILL - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992.

NOTES FOR CHAPEL HILL - LEE (EEBBEF#)

Confirmed by Guitar Player December 1992.

NOTES FOR JC - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by live videos.

NOTES FOR JC - LEE (EEBBEF#)

Confirmed by live videos.

NOTES FOR JC - KIM (bass)

Kim uses a slide at the end.

NOTES FOR STALKER - THURSTON AND LEE (??)

Nothing to really go on, probably the pair of E tunings..

NOTES FOR PURR - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by Sonic Techs.

NOTES FOR PURR - LEE (EEBBEF#)

Confirmed by Sonic Techs.

NOTES FOR CREME BRULEE - THURSTON AND LEE (n/a)

Thurston and Lee don't really play much on this song, which was basically an in-studio creation/improvisation while Kim played guitar and Thurston tried to get an amp working.. any tuning would suffice.

NOTES FOR CREME BRULEE - KIM (BEGDBB)

Confirmed by sonic techs.

NOTES FOR WINNER'S BLUES - THURSTON (EEBEG#B)

Confirmed by Guitar Player July '94.

NOTES FOR BULL IN THE HEATHER - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR BULL IN THE HEATHER - LEE (GGCGCD)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR STARFIELD ROAD - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR STARFIELD ROAD - LEE (GGCGCD)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR SKINK - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by Guitar Player July '94.

NOTES FOR SKINK - LEE (EEBBEF#)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR SKINK - KIM

In Guitar Player July '94 Kim says there's no bass on this song and that she plays a guitar tuned to BEGDBB, but she plays bass on all live versions...

NOTES FOR SCREAMING SKULL - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by Guitar Player July '94.

NOTES FOR SCREAMING SKULL - LEE (GGCGCD)

Unconfirmed, but likely.

NOTES FOR SELF-OBSESSED AND SEXXEE - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR SELF-OBSESSED AND SEXXEE - LEE (GGCGCD)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR BONE - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR BONE - LEE (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR BONE - KIM (BEGDBB)

Confirmed by Guitar Player July '94 + sonic techs.

NOTES FOR ANDROGYNOUS MIND - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by sonic techs.

NOTES FOR ANDROGYNOUS MIND - LEE (GGCGCD)

Unconfirmed, but pretty likely.

NOTES FOR QUEST FOR THE CUP - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Unconfirmed but pretty likely.

NOTES FOR QUEST FOR THE CUP - LEE (GGCGCD)

Unconfirmed but pretty likely.

NOTES FOR QUEST FOR THE CUP - KIM (BEGDBB)

Confirmed by Guitar Player July '94.

NOTES FOR WAIST - THURSTON (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by set lists..

NOTES FOR WAIST - LEE (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR DOCTOR'S ORDERS - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Unconfirmed but pretty likely.

NOTES FOR DOCTOR'S ORDERS - LEE (GGCGCD)

Unconfirmed but pretty likely.

NOTES FOR TOKYO EYE - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by Guitar Player July 94.

NOTES FOR TOKYO EYE - LEE (EEBBEF#)

Confirmed by ear.

NOTES FOR TOKYO EYE - KIM

Kim plays a toy beatbox thru her bass pick-ups on this song, instead of a bassline.

NOTES FOR IN THE MIND OF THE BOURGEOIS READER - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by videos.

NOTES FOR IN THE MIND OF THE BOURGEOIS READER - LEE (GGCGCD)

Confirmed by videos.

NOTES FOR SWEET SHINE - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by Guitar Player July '94.

NOTES FOR SWEET SHINE - LEE (EEBBEF#)

Confirmed by Guitar Player July '94.

NOTES FOR BECUZ - THURSTON (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR BECUZ - LEE (AF#EF#EB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR BECUZ - KIM (BEGDBB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR JUNKIE'S PROMISE - THURSTON (DADABB)

Confirmed by sonic techs.

NOTES FOR JUNKIE'S PROMISE - LEE (DAADDA)

Confirmed by Lee.

NOTES FOR JUNKIE'S PROMISE - KIM (BEGDBB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR SAUCER-LIKE - THURSTON AND LEE (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by Guitar Player November '95. However, Lee uses AF#EF#EB on live versions.

NOTES FOR SAUCER-LIKE - KIM (BEGDBB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR WASHING MACHINE - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR WASHING MACHINE - LEE (AF#EF#EB/GGCGCD)

Confirmed by set lists and videos, and Musician 12/95. Lee switches guitars for the outro.

NOTES FOR WASHING MACHINE - KIM (BEGDBB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR UNWIND - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by set lists and videos. Thurston runs a slide over his pick-ups for the beginning of the instrumental.

NOTES FOR UNWIND - LEE (GGCGCD)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR UNWIND - KIM (BEGDBB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR LITTLE TROUBLE GIRL - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Unconfirmed, but possible.

NOTES FOR LITTLE TROUBLE GIRL - LEE (GGDEGB)

Unconfirmed, but possible (this is the Hoarfrost tuning).

NOTES FOR LITTLE TROUBLE GIRL - KIM (BEGDBB)

Pretty sure she plays guitar on this one, but not positive!..

NOTES FOR NO QUEEN BLUES - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR NO QUEEN BLUES - LEE (GGCGCD)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR NO QUEEN BLUES - KIM (BEGDBB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR PANTY LIES - THURSTON (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR PANTY LIES - LEE (AF#EF#EB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR SKIP TRACER - THURSTON (F#F#GGAA)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR SKIP TRACER - LEE (AF#EF#EB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR THE DIAMOND SEA - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR THE DIAMOND SEA - LEE (EEBBEF#)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR CONTRE LE SEXISME - THURSTON, LEE, AND KIM

Contre Le Sexisme was cut down from a longer improv. I really have no idea what tunings Thurston and Lee used... Kim likely used CGGDDD.

NOTES FOR SUNDAY - THURSTON (CGDGBB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos. Though, as of 2006 he is just using CGDGCD since he doesn't use the high strings on Sunday anyway!

NOTES FOR SUNDAY - LEE (GGDAGA)

Confirmed by set lists and videos. Lee uses a slide for the outro verse.

NOTES FOR FEMALE MECHANIC NOW ON DUTY - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by set lists and videos. Thurston uses a slide during the verses (an optional noisemaker, really).

NOTES FOR FEMALE MECHANIC NOW ON DUTY - LEE (GGDGGA)

Confirmed by set lists and videos. Lee puts a capo on the 2nd fret halfway thru the song.

NOTES FOR FEMALE MECHANIC NOW ON DUTY - KIM (DADGGB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR WILDFLOWER SOUL - THURSTON (CGDGBB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR WILDFLOWER SOUL - LEE (GGDAGA)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR WILDFLOWER SOUL - KIM (CGGDDD)

Confirmed by set lists and videos. Kim uses a homemade distortion pedal as a slide during the intro.

NOTES FOR HOARFROST - THURSTON (CGDGBB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR HOARFROST - LEE (GGDEGB)

Capo at the 5th fret. Confirmed by my own eyes.

NOTES FOR HOARFROST - KIM (CGGDDD)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR FRENCH TICKLER - THURSTON (CGDGBB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR FRENCH TICKLER - LEE (CCGDGD)

Confirmed by LR.

NOTES FOR FRENCH TICKLER - KIM (CGGDDD)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR HITS OF SUNSHINE - THURSTON (EGDGED)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR HITS OF SUNSHINE - LEE (EEBBEF#)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR KAREN KOLTRANE - THURSTON (CGDGBB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR KAREN KOLTRANE - LEE (GGDAGA#)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR KAREN KOLTRANE - KIM (DADGGB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR THE INEFFABLE ME - THURSTON (CGDGBB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR THE INEFFABLE ME - LEE (GGDAGA)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR THE INEFFABLE ME - KIM (CGGDDD)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR SNARE, GIRL - THURSTON (CGDGBB)

Very likely the same tunings as Stil.

NOTES FOR SNARE, GIRL - LEE (GGDAGA)

Very likely the same tunings as Stil.

NOTES FOR SNARE, GIRL - KIM (CGGDDD)

Very likely the same tunings as Stil.

NOTES FOR HEATHER ANGEL - THURSTON (CGDGBB)

Confirmed by set lists and videos. For early versions, Thurston used a hammer to pound the strings.. on later live versions, a screwdriver sufficed.

NOTES FOR HEATHER ANGEL - LEE (GGDAGA)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR HEATHER ANGEL - KIM (CGGDDD)

Confirmed by set lists and videos.

NOTES FOR FREE CITY RHYMES - THURSTON (CGDGBB)

Thurston wedges a mallet or drumstick between the neck and the neck pick-up of his Jazzmaster. He pulls it out for the vocal section and jam, then puts it back in for the outro. Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR FREE CITY RHYMES - LEE (CGCCGA#/C)

Confirmed by set lists and my eyes. Lee uses a 12-string guitar with only 10 strings. The C and G are single strings, then there's a pair of Cs, another pair of Cs, a pair of Gs, and an A# paired w/ a C.

NOTES FOR FREE CITY RHYMES - KIM (DGDDBB)

Confirmed by a Sonic Tech.

NOTES FOR RENEGADE PRINCESS - THURSTON (CGDGBB)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR RENEGADE PRINCESS - LEE (CGCCGA#/C)

Confirmed by set lists and my eyes. Lee uses a 12-string guitar with only 10 strings. The C and G are single strings, then there's a pair of Cs, another pair of Cs, a pair of Gs, and an A# paired w/ a C.

NOTES FOR RENEGADE PRINCESS - KIM (DGDDBB)

Confirmed by a Sonic Tech.

NOTES FOR NEVERMIND - THURSTON (FGCFAF#)

Confirmed by my own eyes. Weird tuning.

NOTES FOR NEVERMIND - LEE (DFCDFF)

Confirmed by my own eyes.

NOTES FOR NEVERMIND - KIM (DADABB)

Confirmed by a Sonic Tech.

NOTES FOR SMALL FLOWERS CRACK CONCRETE - THURSTON (FGCFAF#)

Wedge a file/chisel under the strings over the neck pick-up. When I first saw them perform this @ Bumbershoot, I'm pretty sure Thurston used FGCFAF#. On the subsequent tour, he was using GADBEG. Since his entire part is plinky-plink-plink, it really doesn't matter.

NOTES FOR SMALL FLOWERS CRACK CONCRETE - LEE (DFCDFF)

Confirmed by my own eyes.

NOTES FOR SMALL FLOWERS CRACK CONCRETE - KIM (DADABB)

Confirmed by a Sonic Tech.

NOTES FOR SIDE2SIDE - THURSTON (FGCFAF#)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR SIDE2SIDE - LEE (CGCCGA#/C)

When I saw them do this at Bumbershoot, Lee used the same guitar as on FCR/RP. However, on the subsequent tour, he was using the same guitar, retuned (using the same 10-string format) to: G# A# G#/A# A#/A C#/D# E/F#.

NOTES FOR STREAMXSONIK SUBWAY - THURSTON (FGCFAF#)

Confirmed by my eyes.

NOTES FOR STREAMXSONIK SUBWAY - LEE (DFCDFF)

Confirmed by my eyes.

NOTES FOR NYC GHOSTS & FLOWERS - THURSTON (FGCFAF#)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR NYC GHOSTS & FLOWERS - LEE (DFCDFF)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR LIGHTNIN - THURSTON (FGCFAF#)

Thurston wedges a bike horn under the strings for this one.

NOTES FOR LIGHTNIN - LEE (synth)

Lee uses a Sequential Pro One Synthesizer on this song.

NOTES FOR LIGHTNIN - KIM (DADGGB/trumpet)

Kim mainly plays trumpet on this, sometimes scraping it against her guitar.

NOTES FOR THE EMPTY PAGE - THURSTON (CGDGCD)

Confirmed by videos/performances.

NOTES FOR THE EMPTY PAGE - LEE (EEBEBB)

Confirmed by my eyes...

NOTES FOR THE EMPTY PAGE - KIM (DADABB)

Confirmed by live performance.

NOTES FOR DISCONNECTION NOTICE - THURSTON (CGDGCD)

Confirmed by videos/performances.

NOTES FOR DISCONNECTION NOTICE - LEE (GGDGGA)

Confirmed by LR.

NOTES FOR DISCONNECTION NOTICE - KIM (DADABB)

Confirmed by live performance.

NOTES FOR RAIN ON TIN - THURSTON (CGDGCD)

Confirmed by videos/performances.

NOTES FOR RAIN ON TIN - LEE (CGDCGD)

Confirmed by LR.

NOTES FOR RAIN ON TIN - JIM (GGDEGB)

Confirmed by my eyes...

NOTES FOR KAREN REVISITED - THURSTON (CGDGCD)

Confirmed by videos/performances.

NOTES FOR KAREN REVISITED - LEE (GGDGGA)

Confirmed by LR.

NOTES FOR KAREN REVISITED - KIM (DADABB)

Confirmed by live performance.

NOTES FOR KAREN REVISITED - JIM (n/a)

Jim switches off to a guitar for the song's noise outro, but tuning doesn't seem to be of much importance (he's used both the Bigsby Tele and the Firebird in GDEb).

NOTES FOR RADICAL ADULTS LICK GODHEAD STYLE - THURSTON (CGDGCD)

Confirmed by live performance.

NOTES FOR RADICAL ADULTS LICK GODHEAD STYLE - LEE (GGDGGA)

Confirmed by LR.

NOTES FOR RADICAL ADULTS LICK GODHEAD STYLE - JIM (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by my eyes.

NOTES FOR PLASTIC SUN - THURSTON (CGDGCD)

Confirmed by live performance.

NOTES FOR PLASTIC SUN - LEE (GGDGGA)

Confirmed by LR.

NOTES FOR PLASTIC SUN - KIM (EBEGGB)

Confirmed by my eyes.

NOTES FOR SYMPATHY FOR THE STRAWBERRY - THURSTON (CGDGBB)

Confirmed by... uh... the strawberry.

NOTES FOR SYMPATHY FOR THE STRAWBERRY - LEE (EEBBEE)

Confirmed by my eyes. Lee also plays organ on this song, both on the record and live.

NOTES FOR SYMPATHY FOR THE STRAWBERRY - KIM (EEBBF#F#)

Confirmed by my eyes.

NOTES FOR PATTERN RECOGNITION - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR PATTERN RECOGNITION - LEE (CGDCGD)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR PATTERN RECOGNITION - KIM (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by set lists. She uses a slide throughout the song.

NOTES FOR PATTERN RECOGNITION - JIM (bass)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR UNMADE BED - THURSTON (CGDGCD)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR UNMADE BED - LEE (GGDGGA)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR UNMADE BED - KIM (bass)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR UNMADE BED - JIM (GGDEGB)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR DRIPPING DREAM - THURSTON (CGDGCD)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR DRIPPING DREAM - LEE (GGDGGA)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR DRIPPING DREAM - KIM (bass)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR DRIPPING DREAM - JIM (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR MARIAH CAREY & THE ARTHUR DOYLE HAND CREAM - THURSTON (CGDGCD)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR MARIAH CAREY & THE ARTHUR DOYLE HAND CREAM - LEE (GGDGGA)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR MARIAH CAREY & THE ARTHUR DOYLE HAND CREAM - KIM (EGEGGB)

Confirmed by set lists. She uses a slide throughought the whole song.

NOTES FOR MARIAH CAREY & THE ARTHUR DOYLE HAND CREAM - JIM (bass)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR STONES - THURSTON (CGDGCD)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR STONES - LEE (GGDGGA)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR STONES - KIM (bass)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR STONES - JIM (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR DUDE RANCH NURSE - THURSTON (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR DUDE RANCH NURSE - LEE (CGDCGD)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR DUDE RANCH NURSE - KIM (GGDDD#D#)

Confirmed by set lists. Kim uses a slide throughout the song.

NOTES FOR DUDE RANCH NURSE - JIM (bass)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE - THURSTON (CGDGCD)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE - LEE (GGDGGA)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE - KIM (DADABB)

Capo at 5th fret. Confirmed by set lists. She uses a slide throughout the song.

NOTES FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE - JIM (bass)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR PAPER CUP EXIT - THURSTON (EG#EG#EG#)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR PAPER CUP EXIT - LEE (EG#EG#EG#)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR PAPER CUP EXIT - KIM (bass)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR PAPER CUP EXIT - JIM (GGDEGB)

Capo at 4th fret. Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR I LOVE YOU GOLDEN BLUE - THURSTON (F#F#F#F#EB)

Confirmed by set lists. However, unlike previous usages of this tuning, the bottom 3 F#s are all in low unison, with the 4th being an octave above.

NOTES FOR I LOVE YOU GOLDEN BLUE - LEE (CGDGCD)

Confirmed by set lists. Lee also plays organ on this song. On the album he plays both, and for a few shows he alternated between organ and guitar, but now he just plays the organ live.

NOTES FOR I LOVE YOU GOLDEN BLUE - KIM (bass)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR I LOVE YOU GOLDEN BLUE - JIM (GGDEGB)

Capo at 11th fret. Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR PEACE ATTACK - THURSTON (CGDGCD)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR PEACE ATTACK - LEE (EEBEBB)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR PEACE ATTACK - KIM (bass)

Confirmed by set lists.

NOTES FOR PEACE ATTACK - JIM (GGDEGB)

Confirmed by set lists.

RATHER RIPPED

Tunings confirmed by guitar techs. Lee originally began in DD#A#D#GG like Thurston, but retuned to have unison low D#s.

Kim uses a capo @ 1st fret for "Rats".

Lee uses a bow during the intro of "Pink Steam".

Lee plays the acoustic guitar on "Or".

THE ETERNAL

Tunings confirmed by guitar techs. Thurston's new D tuning originated with "Trees Outside The Academy", and Lee is reusing the "Schizophrenia" tuning for the first time since SISTER!

Kim uses a metal file on "Anti-Orgasm" and "Calming the Snake". Thurston uses a metal file on "Calming the Snake" too.

Lee uses a slide on "Massage the History", Thurston plays the acoustic guitar.

Mark Ibold plays bass on it all!