"Confuse Yr Idols: A Tribute to Sonic Youth"
Genres: indie rock
NY, NY 10013
Nov 15 - 21 2004
It would be utterly pathetic to say that Sonic Youth were
one of the most important rock bands of the modern era. Such an
introduction would simply be an insult to how influential Thurston
Moore and co have been. So I'll stifle this preamble in the
interest of conciseness.
Confuse Yr Idols features twelve Sonic Youth bands by
twelve (very) different bands, and even if you only recognize one band
name on here (Elf Power), you should find plenty of music to
The disc kicks off with Racebannon's destructive assault, a
desperately horrific reworking of "Death Valley '69" (from Bad
Moon Rising, 1985). Racebannon, who have released two
albums on the Secretly Canadian label, were a perfect fit for the song
- their brand of disturbing, breathy hardcore fits in with the track's
tense moroseness. Interestingly, Confuse Yr Idols ends
with another version of "Death Valley 69", as performed by Saicobab
(the new project of The Boredoms' Yoshimi) - it is much
more experimental, and retains a certain catchiness without being particularly melodic.
On the less impressive end of things, we have Brystl's dry rehashing of
"Shadow of a Doubt" (Evol, 1986) and a bland
rendition of "Sugar Kane" (Dirty, 1992) by Parts
& Labor . Fortunately, highlights like New Grenada's
grrl-rawker "Eric's Trip" (Daydream Nation, 1988), Tub
Ring's outrageously elaborate "Kool Thing" (Goo,
1990), and Elf Power's predictably lovely "Kotton Krown"
(Sister, 1987) make up for these deficiencies.
Confuse Yr Idols is a perfect offering from Narnack
Records. Tribute album audiences are often relegated to those
who love the band in question, but this should appeal to fans and
12 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2004]