Any list where the top three is not some order of vauxhall, arsenal, and viva hate is a seriously flawed list. I do agree Southpaw is an underrated record, but not a number one.
And as mentioned before, Bona Drag is just as important as the studio releases, doing for moz solo what hatful did for the smiths. It should be included in this discussion. And of course, there are some b-sides from all eras that are up there with his best work, including the smiths.
Definitely like bubble and scrape in the top spot. I’d bump bakesale ahead of hamacy in the 3 spot. I do think vs helmet and rocking the forest ought to be considered over syhotpr. Fun list.
built to spill!!!!!
I saw that this was up on twitter, so before i read it i quickly compiled my own…
4. No Pocky
3. On the Mouth
here’s where the strings come in pretty much distills everything i love about superchunk. plus the show they played at mawell’s in the summer of 95 previewing it and the subsequent show at irving plaza after the record came out that fall still rank as two of my favorite live music experiences ever! but truth be told, i love all the records!
My first brush with sonic youth came courtesy of a radio show called left of center… it was like the late night indie show on a commercial alternative station back in the day. I was 13 or 14. Goo had just come out and they played a bunch of songs from it and interviewed the band. I was hooked.
My first Sonic Youth live experience came in 1992 at the academy in nyc. the breeders opened up. It was great. My favorite album is a tough call… the usual suspects are sister and daydream nation but some of the other albums creep in from time to time.
Hope we get to see them again.