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Smart Bar Chicago 1985

Smart Bar Chicago 1985 by Sonic Youth
Released: Nov 2012
Label: Goofin'
Put to tape soon after Steve Shelley took drum reins, between Bad Moon Rising (which provides five songs) and Evol (two), this Windy City club gig adds one tune each from SY's first two albums, two from 1983's Kill Yr Idols EP, both from '85's "Flower"/"Halloween" single, and tintinnabulating rarity "Kat 'n' Hat." "I'm Insane" sounds almost industrial-percussioned; "Kill Yr Idols" has both funnier Christgau-baiting and funner clatter than fans might remember. By the end, "Expressway to Yr Skull" ("from our new album Anarchy on St. Mark's Place") fires its exploding load for nine minutes.
CHUCK EDDY