Saturday, February 18, 2012

Musical Couples: Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon

Sonic Youth: Teen Age Riot


Indie rockers finally realized that there really is no such thing as true love when alternative rock icons Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of the massively influential band Sonic Youth announced their separation in October, 2011, after 27 years of marriage. Guitarist Moore and bassist Gordon met through the local New York City music scene in 1979 or 1980. Along with guitarist Lee Ranaldo, they formed Sonic Youth in 1981. Moore and Gordon married in 1984. Throughout their 27 year relationship, the band released 17 full length records, and dozens of experimental records, videos, collaborations, live albums, official bootlegs, solo projects, side projects, and other musical endeavors. Despite having little mainstream success, they had a huge college radio presence and were mainstays of underground rock in the 1980s and 90s. They were wildly influential on a number of alternative bands, particularly Nirvana and the early 90s grunge scene, and other notable alternative acts like My Bloody Valentine, The Afghan Whigs, Blonde Redhead, and probably millions of garage bands around the world. Moore's and Gordon's separation leaves the future of Sonic Youth very much up in the air, though all individual members of the band are currently touring solo or with other groups.

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