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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault the music - videos 'interesting'..., 5 Dec 2006
This review is from: Sonic Youth: Corporate Ghost - The Videos 1990-2002 [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
This collection includes videos for every track from Goo, and two or three tracks from subsequent albums, up to and including Murray Street. As fans of the band would exect, the music is excellent throughout, but the videos interesting but patchy. Sonic Youth are not known for being a 'visual' band, and on the present evidence their videos don't live up to the imagination or questing spirit of the music - this is odd, as the (largely uninteresting) documentary insists on SY's personal involvement with making the videos. Most would have been more acceptable if the work of a lesser band, but we have come to expect more of Sonic Youth.

Some videos are dated - Dirty Boots, Kool Thing and Youth Against Fascism very dated to the grunge era, when SY are not really identifiable with this era in hindsight. This might say more about early nineties MTV/major label video expectations than about SY and their records, and would therefore represent uncharacteristic line-towing from the band. Also, for the post-Goo material, and although Sonic Youth have clearly

never been primarily a 'singles band', it is hard to escape the conclusion that they don't make videos for/release singles of the best tracks on their albums, which is something the viewer of Corporate Ghost is presented with very starkly. For example, are Bull in the Heather from Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, or Little Trouble Girl from A Thousand Leaves among the best tracks on each album? Starfield Road may have been hoping for too much, but no Self-Obssessed and Sexxee? No Androgynous Mind? No Wildflower Soul or Hits of Sunshine? The Diamond Sea is included, obviously and clumsily edited (why make a four minute video of a 20 minute track?!) but strangely affecting nonoetheless; the gentle melodic backing to live footage of the band clearly playing other, more frentic tracks gives the impression of an obituary. Corporate Ghost also forces the viewer to confront the difficulty of providing relevant visual imagery to the more obtuse feedback-driven elements of some tracks included.

Video highlights (other than The Diamond Sea) include Kool Thing, Disconnection Notice, Bull in the Heather, and the hilarious fan video of Drunken Butterfly included as an extra extras. One of best clips, however, is five minutes or so of live footage of the five-piece Sonic Youth included at the end of the documentary, concentrating on Thurston playing his guitar with a drumstick. I found it telling that this footage captures more about the spirit of Sonic Youth than any of the videos, and reinforces the fact that the band have always been completely about the music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I can't really add anything else here, 10 Aug 2004
What the previous reviewer said is pretty much true. There are about 4 tracks where you can't access the commentary. Superstar and Bull in The Heather are mixed up. And the last two will just play a few seconds of the song without the video starting. A shame really. But I still give this 4 stars because everything else here is great. And though those problems may tarnish the feeling of this DVD - it's still pretty good. I wouldn't be too fussy - at least the DVD worked. But whether I'll rebuy this I don't know. Frankly I'm happy with what I got. Still I can understand with those who may view these things as unacceptable. By all means, if you have a multi-region DVD player - go to or If you want to wait it out until they got all the technicalities are sorted out - you probably should. If you still want to buy it regardless of these problems then well feel free. But you do know what you're letting yourself in for
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good content, 17 Aug 2004
Ted Maul "Ted Maul" (Cowsick) - See all my reviews
Needless to say,it is advisable you check the technical details before you buy-but I,for one can't fault the content.Best videos:Sugar Kane,Disconnection Notice,Dirty Boots and Kool Thing.
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