SONG OF THE WEEK

Hi everybody! SONG OF THE WEEK is a roughly weekly-ish feature that examines one or two Sonic Youth songs from a songwriting/performance history viewpoint. The initial plan was to target songs that I knew were missing or had inferior transcriptions, while finding interesting angles to explore in the text. I'd also intended to carry one tuning forward each week, as a fun game for myself but also to make it easier for people who may only have one guitar to spare for these oddball tunings. I've strayed a bit from my plan as inspiration strikes, so I hope the fake set list style menu below helps with finding songs in the same tuning.

If you wonder why you see Comic Sans below, it's because Sonic Youth used Comic Sans for their set lists from 2003 onward. Prior to that, from '95 to 2002, they used the much cooler but less likely to be installed Dom Casual (and prior to that, a sharpie).

If you don't see Comic Sans, you're welcome?

SET #1
 

VOX
KIM
T
LEE
Machine
DADABB
DDAF#AD
DDDDAA
T
junkie's promise
BEGDBB
DADABB
DAADDA
K
quest for the cup
BEGDBB
EGDGED
EEBBEF#
K
Bone
BEGDBB
EGDGED
F#F#F#F#EB
T
Tom Violence
bass
F#F#GGAA
F#F#GGAA
T
White X
bass
F#F#GGAA
F#F#GGAA
K
Drunken Butterfly
bass
F#F#GA
F#F#GGAA
F#F#GGAA
L
Wish Fulfillment
DEGDBB
F#F#F#F#EB
EEBBEF#
T
Stalker
bass
F#F#F#F#EB
F#F#F#F#EB
T/K
my arena
DADABB
F#F#F#F#EB
AF#EF#EB
K
moist vagina
any
CGDGBB
GGDAGA
T
She Is Not Alone
bass
any
EADGBE
K
Bee-Bee's song
bass
EEBBEF#
T
Total Trash
bass
GGDDD#D#
GGDDGG
T
self-obsessed & sexxee
bass
GGDDD#D#
GGCGCD
K
Becuz
BEGDBB
F#F#F#F#EB
AF#EF#EB
T
no queen blues
BEGDBB
GGDDD#D#
GGCGCD
K
Washing Machine
BEGDBB
GGDDD#D#
AF#EF#EB/GGCGCD
L
Saucer-Like
BEGDBB
F#F#F#F#EB
AF#EF#EB
T/K
schizophrenia
bass
F#F#GGAA
DDDDAA
T
The Diamond Sea
bass
EGDGED
EEBBEF#
Simpsons Theme
bass
GGDDGG
 

SET #2
 

VOX
KIM
T
LEE
JIM
fauxhemians
bass
CGDGBB
GGDDAA
GGDEGB
T
Rain On Tin
bass
CGDGCD
CGDCGD
GGDEGB
K
The Ineffable Me
CGGDDD
CGDGBB
GGDAGA
(bass)
T
100%
bass
F#F#F#F#EB
F#F#F#F#EB
(gtr)
T
Death Valley '69
bass
F#F#F#F#EB
F#F#F#F#EB
(gtr)
K
nevermind
DADABB
FGCFAF#
DFCDFF
(bass)
K
side2side
bass
FGCFAF#
CGCCGA#/C
(pwrbk vox)
T/ALL
small flowers
DADABB
FGCFAF#
DFCDFF
bass
T
streamXsonik subway
bass
FGCFAF#
DFCDFF
K
Beauty Lies
bass
F#F#C#C#C#C#
L
Pipeline
bass
F#F#F#F#EB
F#F#F#F#EB
T
Tuff Gnarl
bass
F#F#F#F#EB
DDDDAA
T
waist
bass
F#F#F#F#EB
F#F#F#F#EB
K
sweet shine
bass
F#F#F#F#EB
F#F#F#F#EB
T
screaming skull
bass
GGDDD#D#
GGCGCD
K or T
Doctor's Orders
bass
GGDDD#D#
GGCGCD
T
Catholic Block
bass
F#F#F#F#EB
DDDDAA
(gtr)
T/K
Mary-Christ
bass
F#F#F#F#EB
FFCCAA
K
Kool Thing
bass
F#F#F#F#EB
F#F#F#F#EB
(bass)
L
Lee #2
EGDGED
bass
FFCCAA
isaac
bass
ACCGG#C
FFCCAA
T
Disappearer
bass
CCEBGD
EEEEG#G#
T/K
Titanium Exposť
bass
EGDGED
EGDDGG
T
candle
bass
ACCGG#C
AAEEAA
(gtr)
K
kissability
bass
ACCGG#C
EBEEAB
(bass)
L
Rain King
bass
D#D#AAEE
EBEEAA
T
The Wonder
bass
GGDDD#D#
GGC#DGG
T
Hyperstation
bass
GGDDD#D#
GGC#DGG
K
Eliminator Jr.
bass
GGDDD#D#
GGDDGG
T
master-dik
bass
EADGBE
J: EADGBE
 

EARLY SONIC
 

VOX
KIM
T
LEE
K
Cosmopolitan Girl
EADGBE
bass
EADGBE
Destroyer
bass
EADGBE
EADGBE
K/L
I Dreamed I Dream
bass
EADGBE
EADGBE
T
I Don't Want To Push It
bass
EADGBE
EADGBE
The Good and the Bad
EADGBE
bass
EADGBE
T
(She's in a) Bad Mood
bass
anything
EBDGBE
K
Protect Me You
EEEEEE
bass
K
Early American
bass
anything
GGDDD#D#
 

SET #3
 

VOX
KIM
T
LEE
JIM/MARK
Made in USA
bass
EEF#F#EB
EEBBF#F#
K
i love you golden blue
bass
F#F#F#F#EB
CGDCGD
organ
Jim: GGDEGB
(capo 11)
T
Silver Rocket
bass
ACCGG#C
AAEEAA
(Jim:gtr/Mark:bass)
K
Bull in the Heather
bass
GGDDD#D#
GGCGCD
(Jim:gtr/Mark:bass)
T
Starfield Road
bass
GGDDD#D#
GGCGCD
(Mark: bass)
T
Green Light
bass
GGDDD#D#
GGDDD#D#
K
female mechanic
DADGGB
EGDGED
GGDGGA
(capo 2)
L
karen koltrane
DADGGB
CGDGBB
GGDAGA#
L
Karenology
DADABB
CGDGCD
GGDGGA
Jim: bass/etc
T
empty page
DADABB
CGDGCD
EEBEBB
Jim: bass
K
mariah
EEBBF#F#
CGDGCD
GGDGGA
Jim: bass
Kim's Chords
DADABB
CGDGCD
DGCDGG
Jim: GGDEGB
T
no way
DADF#AD
DADF#AD
DDDDAA
Mark: bass
K
calming the snake
DADF#AD
DADF#AD
DDDDAA
Mark: bass
K
j'accuse ted hughes
DADABB
C G C C G A#/C
C G C C G A#/C
K
On the Strip
DEGDBB
ACCGG#C
AAEEAA
T
youth against fascism
bass
ACCGG#C
AAEEAA
Ian: gtr
T
Theresa
bass
ACCGG#C
AAEEAA
(capo 3)
 

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