Boomkat Product Review:
Sonic Youth's quintessential 1988 Top-40 tribute album by their alter ego Ciccone Youth (also featuring Minutemen/Firehose member Mike Watt and J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.) now available from the band’s own Goofin’ imprint. Includes angular cover versions of Madonna's "Into The Groove", Robert Palmer's 'Addicted To Love' and John Cage's 4'33", plus an alternate mix of “MacBeth”, appearing as a hidden bonus track...
In 1988, after hinting that a tribute to the Beatles’ White Album was in the works, the band about-faced and delivered this brain-sick celebration of pop-culture, experimental rock, Neu! and The Material Girl in particular. The artwork was famously okayed by Madonna herself, apparently having been familiar with Sonic Youth from her days playing at Danceteria.
Featuring covers of Robert Palmer’s pomp-anthem ‘Addicted to Love’ and Madonna’s ‘Get into the Groove’ and ‘Burnin’ Up’ ‘The Whitey Album’ is more than a celebration, it’s a veritable Top 40 friendly party, basically finding Sonic Youth messing about with drum machines, samplers and electronics alongside their usual punk getup for perhaps the most demented, accessible album in their catalogue - a genuine artefact of late 80's culture clash brilliance.
Basically, a classic outsider smash.