SONIC YOUTH

WALLS HAVE EARS (GOOFIN)

SONIC YOUTH - WALLS HAVE EARS 162593
Format:
1 CD
Release:
01.03.2024
Label:
GOOFIN
Kat.-Nr.:
162593
Barcode:
0787996802329
Culled from three 1985 gigs in the UK during a transitional and transcendent time in the band's story, Sonic Youth's `Walls Have Ears' appeared as a 2LP set in 1986, not just a live album but an artful tapestry full of live experimentation with songs, between-song tape segues, darkness, humor and audio verité on par with elements of side B of `Master Dik' to come later.

With a bit of complexity to the situation of the release itself. But that's a different story.

Deleted as quickly as it appeared then, it's now issued for the first time officially under the band's auspices.

In this 2LP set brimming with primitive classics like "The Burning Spear", "I Love Her All The Time", "Death Valley 69" and "I'm Insane" (uncredited on sleeve), segues and live guitar changes ooze together threaded by Madonna tapes and vocal loops off the board.

The first two sides of `Walls' are massive, cavernous, with newly-drafted drummer Steve Shelley in tow taking on past tunes and unveiling "Expressway To Yr Skull" in glorious form.

They tear it up especially on one trash-fi excerpt of "Blood On Brighton Beach" (actually "Making the Nature Scene") from a legendary outdoor gig November 8th where Moore, Gordon and Ranaldo's guitars treble-blast dissonant shockwaves over the black-stoned beach of Quadrophenia fame.

The record's second slab spotlights an April 1985 pre-Shelley gig supporting Nick Cave at London's Hammersmith Palais and was one of the final appearances live of Bob Bert, again featuring some molten takes on "Brother James", "Kill Yr Idols", "Flower" (Iisted as "The Word (E.V.O.L.)"), "Ghost Bitch" and others.

The emergence of the Jesus and Mary Chain in the world gave Brit scribes a lazy and easy parallel, addressed here with a wink with the inclusion of "Speed JAMC", another offstage tape interlude playfully scrolling through one of that band's songs at fast-forward.

This document remains an essential representation of some lean and mean years of the quartet's throttling march out into the world in the mid eighties.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. C. B.
  • 1.2. GREEN LOVE
  • 1.3. BROTHER JAMES
  • 1.4. KILL YR. IDOLS
  • 1.5. I LOVE HER ALL THE TIME
  • 1.6. EXPRESSWAY TO YR. SKULL
  • 1.7. SPAHN RANCH DANCE
  • 1.8. "BLOOD ON BRIGHTON BEACH"
  • 1.9. BURNING SPEAR
  • 1.10. DEATH VALLEY '69
  • 1.11. SPEED JAMC
  • 1.12. GHOST BITCH
  • 1.13. WORLD LOOKS RED
  • 1.14. I'M INSANE
  • 1.15. THE WORD (E.V.O.L)
  • 1.16. BROTHER JAM-Z
  • 1.17. KILLED AND KICKED OFF