Ciccone Youth was an 80s side project of Sonic Youth, which included all members of SY, plus Mike Watt from Minutemen/Firehose. It mainly served as a vehicle for paying tribute to whatever elements of pop culture the band was obsessed with at the moment – they recorded no less than two Madonna covers and one cover of Robert Palmer hit “Addicted To Love”.
The band’s one and only full-length – “Whitey Album” – came out in 1988 on Blast First label. Trouser Press called it the “most notorious of Sonic Youth’s countless projects” and a “self-indulgent mess”. All Music Guide was more kind and pointed out that “Although it was only a side project, the intense creativity of this time in Sonic Youth’s career spills out all over this album, making it a rare treat for fans.”
In 2009, the band’s track “Two Cool Rock Chicks Listening To Neu!” was included on a tribute to German band Neu! entitled “Brand Neu!”. Other bands that appeared on a tribute include Oasis, Primal Scream, LCD Soundsystem and Kasabian, among others.
Band’s name was referenced numerous time on the song “Master-Dik” from the Sonic Youth album “Sister”. The song features Thurston Moore repeating the line “We’re Ciccone” over and over.
Thurston Moore (Backbeat Band, Bark Haze, Ciccone Youth, Diskaholics Anonymous Trio, Four Guitars, Male Slut, MCC / M / M Trio, Mirror / Dash, Northampton Woods, Original Silence, Society Ills, Sonic Youth, Thurston, Kim And Epic, To Live And Shave In L.A., Wylde Rattz)
Into The Groove(y) / Burnin’ Up 7″ / 12″ (New Alliance, 1986 / Blast First, 1986)
The Whitey Album CD / LP / 12″ (Blast First, 1988 / Torso, 1988 / Enigma, 1988 / Au Go Go, 1989 / Geffen, 1993 / 2006 / DGC, 1995)
Selected Compilation Tracks:
**** on Devil’s Jukebox (Blast First, 1989)
“Two Cool Rock Chicks Listening To Neu!” on Brand Neu! (Feraltone, 2009)