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Encyclopedia > Sister (Sonic Youth album)
Sister
Studio album by Sonic Youth
Released June 1987
Recorded 1987
Genre Alternative rock
Length 42:49
Label SST
Producer Sonic Youth
Professional reviews
Sonic Youth chronology
EVOL
(1986)
Sister
(1987)
Daydream Nation
(1988)

Sister is an album by alternative rock band Sonic Youth, released in 1987 on SST Records. It was re-released in late 1994 on DGC. Image File history File links Sonic_youth_sister. ... A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... Sonic Youth is an American alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... SST Records is a Lawndale, California based independent record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by Black Flag founder/guitarist Greg Ginn. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Sonic Youth is an American alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... Robert Christgau (born April 18, 1942), is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics.[1] In print, his name is sometimes abbreviated as Xgau. ... Sonic Youth is an American alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981. ... Side 2 LP Label EVOL is a Sonic Youth album, released in 1986. ... Daydream Nation is an album by alternative rock band Sonic Youth, released in 1988. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... Sonic Youth is an American alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981. ... SST Records is a Lawndale, California based independent record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by Black Flag founder/guitarist Greg Ginn. ... Geffen Records DARPA Grand Challenge ...


The album furthers the band's move away from noise-rock towards more traditional pop structures, while maintaining an aggressively experimental approach. It received universally-positive reviews. A loose concept album (like its follow-up Daydream Nation), Sister was in part inspired by the life and works of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. (The "sister" of the title was Dick's fraternal twin, who died shortly after her birth, and whose memory haunted Dick his entire life.) The album features aggressive "rock" songs such as "White Kross" and "Catholic Block," plus haunting noir ode "Pacific Coast Highway". The group has regularly played songs such as "Schizophrenia," "White Kross" and "Kotton Krown" long after the album's release. In 1989, Steve Albini's short-lived band Rapeman released a song called "Kim Gordon's Panties" in response to "Kotton Krown." CD bonus track "Master-Dik" is a strange rap song which mentions Ciccone Youth; its title is a reference to NYC mastering facility Masterdisk. As usual, Moore and Gordon handled most of the vocal duties on the album, but Ranaldo sang "Pipeline/Kill Time." In July 1995, Alternative Press magazine voted Sister the #3 best album of the decade spanning 1985–1995. Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American writer, mostly known for his works of science fiction. ... Steve Albini (born July 22, 1962, Pasadena, California) is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and music journalist. ... Rapeman was an American rock music group founded in 1987 and disbanded in 1990. ... Ciccone Youth is an experimental band which was formed in 1986. ... Masterdisk is an audio-visual/multimedia company in New York City. ...


The album was recorded entirely on analog tube equipment, giving it its characteristic "warm" vintage feel. Videos were shot for "Beauty Lies In The Eye" and "Stereo Sanctity." The black-and-white "Stereo Sanctity" video, featuring clips of whirring factory machinery and brief live shots of the band, can only be seen on a rare 1980s SST video compilation entitled Over 35 Videos Never Before Released.


The black area on the front cover was originally the photograph "Sandra Bennett, twelve year old, Rocky Ford, Colorado, August 23, 1980" [1] taken by Richard Avedon, but was removed after the threat of a lawsuit. At first the picture was merely covered up with a black sticker, but on later pressings, it was deleted. The same was done with a photo of Disney's Magic Kingdom on the back cover [2]. Very early promotional posters and pressings of the album do feature these photos, but later ones do not. Cover of Richard Avedons In the American West photo book. ... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando. ...


Track listing

All songs were written by Sonic Youth, except where noted.

  1. "Schizophrenia" (lyrics/vocals Gordon and Moore) – 4:37
  2. "(I Got a) Catholic Block" (lyrics/vocals Moore) – 2:25
  3. "Beauty Lies in the Eye" (lyrics/vocals Gordon) – 2:15
  4. "Stereo Sanctity" (lyrics/vocals Moore) – 3:47
  5. "Pipeline/Kill Time" (lyrics/vocals Ranaldo) – 4:32
  6. "Tuff Gnarl" (lyrics/vocals Moore) – 3:13
  7. "Pacific Coast Highway" (lyrics/vocals Gordon) – 4:16
  8. "Hot Wire My Heart" (Johnny Strike) (vocals Moore, Gordon, and Ranaldo) – 3:21
  9. "Kotton Krown"[1] (lyrics/vocals Gordon and Moore) – 5:05
  10. "White Kross"[2] (lyrics/vocals Moore) – 2:48
  11. "Master-Dik"[3] (lyrics/vocals Moore) – 5:08

Notes

  1. ^ This track was named "Kotton Krown" on the original SST/Blast First release, but was renamed "Cotton Crown" on the DGC reissue.
  2. ^ This track was named "White Kross" on the original SST/Blast First release, but was renamed "White Cross" on the DGC reissue.
  3. ^ This track appears only on the CD version, not on the original LP or cassette.

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