Sonic Youth - Goo
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Release date: 07 November 2005
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- Dirty Boots
- Tunic (Song For Karen)
- Kool Thing
- My Friend Goo
- Mildred Pierce
- Cinderella's Big Score
- Scooter And Jinx
- Titanium Expose
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Sonic Youth - Goo: Wikipedia Album Entry
Goo is an album by alternative rock band Sonic Youth, released on June 26, 1990. A remastered version was released in 2005.
Goo was the first album released after the band signed to major label Geffen Records. Their albums became more accessible and less experimental, but still retained elements of a trademark collage of noise. Many songs on Goo start and end abruptly; a departure from Daydream Nation which was known for its long, psychedelic guitar intros and outros.
The album's lead track, "Dirty Boots", evokes old blues slang in its declaration that "It's time to rock the road/And tell the story of the jelly rollin'/Dirty boots are on/Hi de ho."
The second track, "Tunic (Song for Karen)", is about Karen Carpenter, a female rock drummer who died from anorexia nervosa. It imagines her in heaven, happy, playing the drums again and meeting new friends Dennis Wilson, Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin.
The album featured the single "Kool Thing", on which Chuck D from the rap group Public Enemy guested. The song is purported to be about the disillusionment that Gordon experienced after interviewing LL Cool J for Spin Magazine the previous year. "Are you going to liberate us girls from male, white, corporate oppression?" Gordon asks in the song, but receives only hipster gibberish in return. "Kool Thing" became the song that many casual music fans associate with the band. The album version of "Mary-Christ" fades out with a portion of the intro to "Kool Thing". This is because in the recording session for "Mary-Christ" the band went right into "Kool Thing", but this take of "Kool Thing" was not chosen for the album.
The album's title derives from the song "My Friend Goo", a portrait of a friend who "sticks just like glue."
The cover is a Raymond Pettibon illustration based on a paparazzi photo of Maureen Hindley and her first husband David Smith, witnesses in the case of the "Moors Murders" serial killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, driving to the trial in 1966.
The handwritten text reads, "I stole my sister's boyfriend. It was all whirlwind, heat, and flash. Within a week we killed my parents and hit the road."
In 1991, a long-form music video version of Goo was released on VHS. A music video for each song from the album is included; the track listing is identical to the "original release" list above. In 2004, nearly the entire contents of the Goo video was included on the DVD compilation Corporate Ghost: The Videos: 1990-2002; only a short fragment that appeared after the conclusion of "Titanium Exposé" on the 1991 video is missing.
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Here we go to another candle I know
All the girls there playin' on a jelly roll
Time to take a ride, time to take it in a midnight eye
And here it comes again, right out of the rain
Seems to have a new, kind of same
Been it playing on a simple rhyme
The sign comes alive and speaks the mind
Kool thing sittin' with a kiddie
Now you know you're sure lookin' pretty
Like a lover not a dancer
Talking to a punker priest
Just dogging the breeze
About beein in a tree / he says it's free now!
When you feel the spiral turnin' for you alone
And you feel so heavy that you just can't stop it
When a sea of madness turns you into stone
A picture of your life shoots like a rocket, all the time
My friend Goo has a real tattoo
She always knows just what to do
She looks through her hair like she doesn't care
What she does best is stand and stare
Wakin' up I see you dreamin' of a drive in
Open your eyes to see TV set on blue
I've been waiting for you to smile, I'm the great head freezin'
Wintertime comes summer an' you are why it's happenin' to me