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Hits Are for Squares
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Album: Hits Are for Squares
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bull In The Heather Album Version More Info... 3:06
2)    100% Album Version More Info... 2:29
3)    Sugar Kane Album Version More Info... 5:57
4)    Kool Thing Album Version More Info... 4:06
5)    Disappearer Album Version More Info... 5:08
6)    Superstar Album Version More Info... 4:09
7)    Stones More Info... 7:07
8)    Tuff Gnarl Album Version More Info... 3:12
9)    Teen Age Riot Album Version More Info... 6:57
10)    Shadow Of A Doubt Album Version More Info... 3:32
11)    Rain On Tin Album Version More Info... 7:53
12)    Tom Violence Album Version More Info... 3:05
13)    Mary-Christ Album Version More Info... 3:11
14)    The World Looks Red Album Version More Info... 2:39
15)    Expressway To Yr Skull Album Version More Info... 7:06
16)    Slow Revolution More Info... 6:14
2)    100 % More Info...
3)    Sugar Kane More Info...
4)    Kool Thing More Info...
5)    Disappearer More Info...
6)    Superstar More Info...
7)    Stones More Info...
8)    Tuff Gnarl More Info...
9)    Teen Age Riot More Info...
10)    Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid) More Info...
11)    Rain On Tin More Info...
12)    Tom Violence More Info...
13)    Mary-Christ More Info...
14)    World Looks Red More Info...
15)    Expressway to Yr Skull More Info...
16)    Slow Revolution More Info...
 

Album: Hits Are for Squares
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bull In The Heather Album Version More Info... 3:06
2)    100% Album Version More Info... 2:29
3)    Sugar Kane Album Version More Info... 5:57
4)    Kool Thing Album Version More Info... 4:06
5)    Disappearer Album Version More Info... 5:08
6)    Superstar Album Version More Info... 4:09
7)    Stones More Info... 7:07
8)    Tuff Gnarl Album Version More Info... 3:12
9)    Teen Age Riot Album Version More Info... 6:57
10)    Shadow Of A Doubt Album Version More Info... 3:32
11)    Rain On Tin Album Version More Info... 7:53
12)    Tom Violence Album Version More Info... 3:05
13)    Mary-Christ Album Version More Info... 3:11
14)    The World Looks Red Album Version More Info... 2:39
15)    Expressway To Yr Skull Album Version More Info... 7:06
16)    Slow Revolution More Info... 6:14
2)    100 % More Info...
3)    Sugar Kane More Info...
4)    Kool Thing More Info...
5)    Disappearer More Info...
6)    Superstar More Info...
7)    Stones More Info...
8)    Tuff Gnarl More Info...
9)    Teen Age Riot More Info...
10)    Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid) More Info...
11)    Rain On Tin More Info...
12)    Tom Violence More Info...
13)    Mary-Christ More Info...
14)    World Looks Red More Info...
15)    Expressway to Yr Skull More Info...
16)    Slow Revolution More Info...
 
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  • Photographers: Godlis; Michael Lavine; Sonic Youth.
  • Leave it to Sonic Youth to put a twist on the typical greatest-hits album. Originally released in 2008, Hits Are for Squares features tracks selected by writers, artists, actors, and musicians. With a roster of curators that includes Alison Anders, Radiohead, Chlo‰ Sevigny, and the Flaming Lips, this comp could have become a contest to pick the most obscure song (if it were, then Sevigny would win with her selection, "World Looks Red" from 1983's Confusion Is Sex). For the most part, however, the album sticks with well-known tracks, with a smattering of songs that would be considered hits: "Kool Thing," "Teenage Riot," "Bull in the Heather," and "Sugar Kane" all appear without feeling too obligatory. Indeed, the bulk of Hits Are for Squares comes from Sonic Youth's alternative nation heyday in the early to mid-`90s, with special attention paid to Dirty and Goo (two of that album's cuts, "Disappearer" and "Mary-Christ," were chosen by Portia de Rossi and David Cross, respectively). Yet just as many songs come from 1987's sometimes overlooked EVOL, including the haunting "Shadow of a Doubt" and the album's closing epic, "Expressway to Yr Skull." Speculating why certain songs were chosen by certain people is entertaining in its own right; Diablo Cody's choice of the subversive-yet-heartfelt Carpenters cover "Superstar" seems to make perfect sense, given the nimble way she balances kitsch, irony, and genuine emotion in her own work. Likewise, Eddie Vedder's choice of "Teenage Riot," one of the most earnest moments in Sonic Youth's songbook, feels spot-on. The band's body of work is broad and deep enough that most fans probably have custom mixes of their own favorite songs, so for them, this collection is more pleasant than essential, though the inclusion of an exclusive track, "Slow Revolution," may push diehards to get the album. Still, like the greatest-hits collections it tries to avoid being like, Hits Are for Squares works surprisingly well as an introduction to Sonic Youth's sound and approach. ~ Heather Phares
Professional Reviews
Uncut (magazine) (p.103) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his feels like a Greatest Hits, with the ineffable 'Teenage Riot' and mystical 'Expressway To Yr Skull' taking pride of place."
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