Flaming Lips http://music.aol.com/artist/the-flaming-lips/4268/main#
Check out the studio version of 'Do You Realize?'
Sonic Youth http://music.aol.com/artist/sonic-youth/5474/main##
Check out the video 'Jams runs free' and watch the cat
OK, so it is late Friday night, Sonic Youth and The Flaming Lips are at the NY State Fair and I am NOT. Enjoy these videos with me instead.
Flaming Lips first. What a bizarre name for a bizarre band. Showmen. Flakes. Funny. 'Do You Realize' is a beautiful tune, mother and father approved, but the animal suits...this video, live in the studio, includes some rather funny band commentary on the outfits.
Sonic Youth have been rocking for 25 years. Kim Gordon married whathisname the songwriter and they had a kid named Coco, and that kid is old now, and this couple is still together and so is this band. She's in her 50s! But oh, she can rock alright. I have a thing for punk bands fronted by tough chicks (see Plasmatics, last week) plus your Pretenders and Blondie. Kim Gordon is the class of the bunch. In the early or mid nineties we were hanging around in Chicago at cousin Betsy's and she was talking about their tenant, who would never remember us, Jim O'Rourke, who did production and whatnot, who was moving to New York to join Sonic Youth. Wow! We had been at parties with a guy who was INVITED to join Sonic Youth! That almost makes us cool too. Some say, maybe it was wikipedia, that since Jim joined they have been rock solid and better than before....believe it. 25 years of punk, and family life too....