Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
NME.COM feature on Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 01 March 2010
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- Do You Believe In Rapture?
- Sleepin' Around
- What A Waste
- Jams Runs Free
- Turquoise Boy
- Lights Out
- The Neutral
- Pink Steam
- Helen Lundeberg
Sex, anger and more twists and turns than ever – c’mon, what did you expect?
- Jun 2, 2009
- Jul 13, 2007
- Jul 2, 2002
Frontman tells east London audience: 'We're keeping things bookish tonight'
Iconic punk figure also reveals breast cancer diagnosis
Two guitars stolen from the band's show in South California in 1999 have been recovered by fans
Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped: Wikipedia Album Entry
Rather Ripped is the title of an album by Sonic Youth, which was released on June 13, 2006. It is the last album the band had to release to fulfill their contractual obligation to Geffen Records. Jim O'Rourke did not take part in the making of the record. It was reported that some of the gear stolen in 1999 was surprisingly recovered and that it may have been used for recording of the album. The album was described by Thurston Moore as "a super song record" containing "rockers and ballads". The album's working titles were "Sonic Life" and "Do You Believe in Rapture?" The name "Rather Ripped" comes from a now defunct record store in Berkeley, CA. Rather Ripped contained three singles, "Rather Ripped Album Sampler", "Helen Lundeberg/Eyeliner", and "Incinerate".
"Incinerate", a track from this album, has received significant radio airplay.
On the UK release of the album, two bonus tracks were included ("Helen Lundeberg" and "Eyeliner"), which were taken from an untitled single that was released shortly before the record. "Helen Lundeberg" is also available in the USA as a bonus track on the iTunes Music Store digital download edition of the album.
On the Japanese release of the album, three bonus tracks were included. In addition to the two UK bonus tracks ("Helen Lundeberg" and "Eyeliner"), the track "Do You Believe in Rapture?" (psychedelic mix) was also included.
"Rather Ripped" charted at number 64 on the UK Album Chart and at number 71 on the US Billboard Top 200. The album came 43rd in Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2006 and ranked third in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2006.
"Rather Ripped" was Sonic Youth's last studio album on Geffen. They dropped the label in 2008, and are now currently recording on Matador Records.
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You keep me coming home again
You keep me coming home again
I just come by to run you over
he's not a dreamer or a schemer
running away from me
Hey, give me hollow stimulation
Sleepin around, sleepin around
Stand behind his drunken imp
I ripped your heart out from your chest
Replaced it with a grenade blast