Reason #432 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Daydream Nation

Sonic Youth, “Daydream Nation.” A special guest posting by my bud Thom:

SonicYouthDaydreamNationalbumcoverWhat do I know? In the grand scheme of things, not very much. Just a guy turning 50 who loves music, the outdoors, writing – and things that don’t suck.

Like 1988’s “Daydream Nation” by Sonic Youth.

You heard me. This is by-far my favorite Sonic Youth album. And I’m not alone in that assumption – it’s widely considered to be the band’s best work (it’s a double album and was the last of their indie outputs before they jumped to DGC in 1990 to record “Goo.”

The cool thing about this album is that the engineer, Nick Sansano, was used to working with Hip-Hop artists. He let the band – Thurson Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley – listen to some of his work, including Public Enemy. That energy came through in Sonic Youth’s cutting-edge guitar work.

Hell, Daydream Nation was chosen by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Recording Registry in 2005. You don’t get any better than that.