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Five Sonic Youth Songs Ruined by the Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon Separation


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It's not often that indie rock fans get caught up in the tabloid fodder of engagements and divorces, but last Friday night brought news that painfully reverberated in the hearts of Daydream Nation: Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon are splitting up. "[The couple], married in 1984, are announcing they have separated," the band's label Matador wrote in a statement. "Sonic Youth, with both Kim and Thurston involved, will proceed with its South American tour dates in November. Plans beyond that tour are uncertain. The couple has requested respect for their personal privacy and does not wish to issue further comment."

Moore and Gordon were the Romeo and Juliet of indie rock, minus the whole "star-crossed lovers" thing, and their personal and professional partnership lasted over three decades. Their union not only spawned a daughter, but an external hard drive's worth of innovative, meaningful music and now-classic albums like Daydream Nation, Goo, and Sister. They also served as mentors to everyone from Nirvana to Beck to Pavement.

It's impossible to think that Sonic Youth's love songs weren't odes the couple had written to one another. While music fans everywhere wait anxiously to see whether this spells the end of one of rock's most influential and beloved bands, here are five songs that now sound a bit more somber than they did a week ago:

"Sugar Kane"

Key, now-depressing lyric: "Hey angel come and play, and fly me away. A stroll along the beach, until you're out of time. I love you Sugar Kane, a crack into the dream."


Key, now-depressing lyrics: "Sooner than the midday light, we leave behind. Love is out into the sundry light, you sing, unwind."

"Pacific Coast Highway"

Key, now-depressing lyric: Let me take you there before the sun goes down. Come on give me your love, c'mon baby, all you have. I wanna take your breath away."

"I Love Her All the Time"

Key, now-depressing lyric: "She's on my side, I love her all the time."

"She Is Not Alone"

Key, now-depressing lyric: "She is not alone today."

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