The newly reissued Bad Moon Rising is their most explicitly sexual album, and among their darkest, exploring the collision of America's obsession with death with the hopeful ecstasies of the hippie generation. So it came as a surprise that they followed it up with a pitch-black, punishing take on Americana titled after, of all things, a Creedence Clearwater Revival song.
Its timing was ripe, arriving amidst the culture wars of the Reagan era: Gordon and Moore cast a shadowy portrait slicked in sweat and blood, not unlike the nightmarish caricatures of American institutions you often saw on the cover art for hardcore bands.
As Gordon recalls in her recent memoir Girl in a Band : "I Where Time Life Books was busy commemorating and canonizing Woodstock, Gordon and Moore raised up the leering specter of Charles Manson, highlighting the thin lines separating free love from violent sexual anarchy, and how such spaces are often exploited to attain power. The album is loosely themed around the dark side of America, including references to obsession, insanity, Charles Manson , heavy metal , Satanism , and early European settlers' encounters with Native Americans.
Released to strong reviews from the underground music press, Bad Moon Rising was the band's first album to combine experimental material with transitional pieces and segues.
Idols in , several drummers joined and left the band. The New York press largely ignored Sonic Youth as well as the noise rock scene in the city , until after a disastrous London debut in October that actually received rave reviews in British papers Sounds and NME. By mid, Sonic Youth were playing almost weekly in the city, but its members started to realize that there was little future in their musical approach; Moore later said, "it was getting to the point of overkill".
After a period of intense songwriting, the band entered producer Martin Bisi 's BC Studio — implicitly, "Before Christ Studio", which is how the band credited it on the album — in Brooklyn , New York in September The album's cover is a photograph by artist James Welling of a scarecrow with a flaming jack-o'-lantern as its head.
Bad Moon Rising ' s style has been described as noise rock ,  no wave  and experimental rock. The second side of Bad Moon Rising , which comprises the experimental "Ghost Bitch" which features Ranaldo on acoustic guitar and references Native Americans' first encounter with European settlers , "I'm Insane" and "Justice is Might", expands on the soundscape concept; the songs feature repeating guitar riffs that segue from one song to the next, while Moore and Gordon mumble cryptic lyrics.
Describing the album's style, Pitchfork called it "not so much a collection of songs as it is an extended, unending uproar, seamless in sound and theme. AllMusic noted the album's dark nature, writing: "An album quite unlike any other in the colorful Sonic Youth canon, Bad Moon Rising captures the New York band in during its most morose phase, one that is quite forbidding yet fascinating all the same.
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