I remember that late afternoon in our old car w/my father (five or six years ago, I think), but I don’t remember where we were going. At that period I was really into JAMC and I was on the springboard to dip myself into shoegazing (mbv, ride & “40 days”). He always tormented me that I HAD TO listen Sonic Youth and his favorite LP was “Goo”. It was the one he most knew and the one which he still uses to introduce his friends into their multi shaped music. We listened it in its entirety, but it didn’t thrill me. I just thought that it was the prototype of the 90s indie rock and the only song that impressed me (in a vague sense) was “Mote”. It’s just weird that a song starts with a screeching turntable noise—I had been into hip-hop for some years but in a rock LP it’s kind of weird—so, after the rock-song part, this song is known for its long-ending of amp masturbation (hallmark of some sonic youth goodness) and when we ‘came’ at that part of the song my father—pleased—told me that everytime he listened to that part it creates a ‘void’ where everything falls into it and rarely you (=the song) get out of it. Nothing came into my mind, I just compared it to some Tortoise tunes. So, a catastrophic experience. I had a totally wrong opinion about my favorite band. I did some searching on internet and I found out that that LP was from 1990, so, some years before Tortoise and other art-rock bands were kicking stuff. This was an incipit to investigate about them. And the silver rocket live video, blew my mind, they had everything I always searched from a rock’n’roll band; this totally change my views about music at all. Since then, I never stop listen to their music and to investigate on single members. I started analyzing their tabs and the photos of their sick gtrs, I was trying to detune my guitar and use weird objects on the neck, just to know what was the secret magical formula to get their sound. Thurston Moore now it’s a non-stop source of inspiration, it’s one of the few persons in the ‘art world’ that knows how to shock me. Everything he does, when I first get it: I remain puzzled. When I bought the Italian translation of his anthology, “Alabama Wildman”, I had a really negative-weird feeling. His poems were incomprehensible for me and that story about the cunnilingus was just absurd. I felt shocked when I first listen to psychic hearts (why so hermetic?), trees outside (strings? Pop choruses?!?), his divorce (love has come to stay in all tha way, itz gonna stay forever, and everyday), demoed thoughts (no “rock” songs, no traces about the Thurston I always knew), coachmen (was he a talkin headz fan?). I know all the Sonic Youth lps by heart and I listened to a lot of live recordings, (which I still collect) and every single piece still thrills me. And I read all their interviews, because they always have an intelligent point of view about music and art in general. Songs like candle, brave men run, marylin moore, hits of sunshine, paper cup exit or saucer-like or I dreamed I dream (etc etc x 999999), still move something into me that other rock bands don’t. They pave the way for my descent into other (anti-)/musical territory (free jazz, hc punk, noises and weird stuff).