Sonic Youth to perform on 'Gossip Girl': a Music Mix exclusive!

Sonic-Youth-2009_lOne of New York’s greatest bands is about to appear on New York’s hottest show: EW has confirmed that Sonic Youth will perform an acoustic version of their 1986 single “Starpower” on the fifth episode of Gossip Girl this fall.

“Sonic Youth is one of my favorite bands,” says GG showrunner Stephanie Savage, “and last year when I was doing my regular Gossip Girl google search, it came up in some blog about a Sonic Youth show that Thurston [Moore] was playing ‘Psychic Hearts’ and Gossip Girl was playing on a screen in the background. And I was like, ‘Whaaaat? Oh my God. I hope they’re not making fun of us! I hope it was a cool, edgy homage!’ And it turned out that it was — tongue in cheek for sure, but definitely with love, and that they were fans of the show.” (Perhaps worth mentioning: Moore and his bandmate and wife, Kim Gordon, have a 15-year-old daughter.)

Last year, Moore and Be Your Own Pet’s Jemina Pearl cut a cover of the Ramones’ “Sheena is a Punk Rocker” for use during Jenny Humphrey’s guerrilla fashion show, and Savage says the conversation continued from there. “We have a very special event coming in Episode 5 that we’re filming right now,” she says, “and they seemed the ideal musical guest for it.” But in fine GG fashion, Savage is mum about the exact circumstances of the festivities involved. “It’s a big event that involves [engaged adults] Rufus and Lily. Just draw your own conclusions,” she laughs.

What do you think, Mixers? Does the appearance of a seminal counter-culture band on a populist show like GG inspire OMG!s, WTF?s, or TSO!s? (The latter stands for “They Sold Out,” to be said in an exhausted tone of voice, forgetting that the chance for a whole new audience to hear the awesomeness of Sonic Youth is, well, totes awes.) Is this cooler than last season’s No Doubt appearance? And even though Savage says, “I can kind of die now. I don’t really have anywhere to go from here,” who would you like to see guest-perform next?

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  • teendramawhore

    “Betrothed” usually means married, and Lily and Rufus aren’t. They are kinda sorta engaged, though.

  • lucy

    i want kings of leon to guest star..I’m pretty sure that’s ed westwicks favorite band. He’s now been spotted kissing 2 starlets to “sex on fire”

  • jsa

    Didn’t they also guest on Gilmore Girls because of the daughter??

  • lefty

    I think the GG generation already heard of Sonic Youth due to Juno…if they actually paid attention :)

  • Mike

    The truth is Sonic Youth love the irony of pop culture and let’s not forget that this isn’t their first stint onto the CW teen drama scene — Kim and Thurston appeared with daughter Coco on Gilmore Girls several years ago.

    • Jean Genie

      Irony is so overrated to begin with.

  • yeap

    SY already played on an episode of Gilmore Girls a few years back – they must really enjoy the CW!



  • jeff

    REALLY Sonic Youth?!?!?

    You’re going to play on a show that all your real fans HATE. My friend Goo says FU. sellouts.

  • Elizabeth

    Wait a minute…My all-time favorite band for 19 years, Sonic Youth, are going to be on gossip girl?? Really? My god, the world really is going to hell… or maybe i’m just getting old. Damn.

    • Peter

      Hey , that’s been my favorite band around that long too :)

  • Jean Genie

    SY are guest starring on GG – I don’t care if their daughter made them do it, it’s a final nail in the coffin for alternative rock.

  • J

    @Jean Genie

    “alternative rock” is a marketing term, not a type of music. Sonic Youth are people who play music, and also middle aged, middle class people who have had a very successful career. Their creative peak ended a dozen years ago, if not more, and they’re coasting, as they deserve to. If they think that it’ll be fun to play on Gossip Girl, so be it. I think the show is execrable, but I’m sure they hate things that I think are fun.

    Yr idols are not yr slaves.

  • Rouxde

    They’re Sonic Youth….period. I know I’m totally late on this, but I think it’s great that they did this. There is no more “sold out” (zepplin made sure of that with a car commercial). They have a daughter that probably digs the show and they had a chance to do something Thought it was fun marketing and opening up some kids to the greatest American rock band out. And btw ” The Eternal” is their best effort since dirty, totally hard, weird, and for the first time they all sing together ( which oddly enough is incredible). Cheers everyone.

  • Ganry73

    Frampton used it on his album Frampton Comes Alive! ,

  • Coder67

    Other developed countries also used foreign ownership restrictions to help them industrialize. ,

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