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Article from Making Music, July 1987

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"They are dragging around a big moose and sucking it."
— David Swift on Sonic Youth live, NME

"... all that remains to shine through the volume is the big beat, the bones of a melody and a few vocal curlicues fluttering above the wearisome whirlwind... It's as if Rembrandt chose to paint in dayglo."
— The Pretenders at Wembley, reviewed in The Guardian. From Steven Reeves of Avon.

"... a slam-bang selection of iron-lung anthems to self-sufficiency and forced excitement..."
— Mat Snow on Nona Hendryx's new LP, Sounds

"Meanwhile, a sort of vocal 'aah' sound evolves through a 'wow' sound into a nasal, sustained 'nnn' sound, which is then joined by a droning pulse width modulated wash loitering in a reverberant landscape."
— Martin Russ struggling manfully to describe the Roland D50, Sound On Sound

"... bass players are musically illiterate..."
— overheard on Radio 3.

"In the blackness of Sonic's anarchic light, spinning dreams and angel wings are weapons of love made by a torn-jeaned corpse."
— Carmen Keats on Sonic Youth live, Melody Maker

"Patti's crucial insistence on the primary of ambisexual lust collapsed into selfish indulgence." — Mark Sinker reviewing Sonic Youth LP, NME

"These are truly hobnail hobos riding shotgun on the wax wagon to 'Paradise'..."
— Malcolm Dome being nice about Faster Pussycat, Kerrang!

"That punk's violently disruptive challenge always had a premeditated, cerebral element was demonstrated not only by the two groups on the bill but also by the extraordinary and unscheduled performance of the man who swam against the sixties hippy tide and so anticipated the agressive nihilism of the subsequent decade."
— Mat Snow on Sonic Youth live, The Guardian

"Bonk! Dit dit dit dit... Bonk bonk!! Dit dit dit dit... Bonk!"
— Nick Coleman, Time Out singles review

"Each member of Sonic Youth currently has at least one cat in their possession..."
— Grahame Bent interviewing, Sounds

"The first thing you notice about this new birch-shelled range are the distinctive one-piece lugs..."
— Trevor Gilchrist reviewing the Pearl BLX, Rhythm

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