Sonic Youth has finalized the track list for its compilation “Hits Are for Squares,” due June 10 exclusively in Starbucks stores in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as well as online.
In addition to the exclusive Sonic Youth track “Slow Revolution,” the limited-edition CD features Sonic Youth songs, handpicked by Radiohead, Chloe Sevigny, Dave Eggers, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Beck, Flea, David Cross and other enthusiasts. Participants have also written about their selections for the liner notes.
“I guess, for some, Sonic Youth represents something that they don’t really equate with Starbucks,” Moore told Billboard last year. “But I kind of like the absurdity of it. Sonic Youth has always, in a way, made itself available to the super mainstream.”
“In a way, Sonic Youth has a branded name,” he continued. “People know the name, but not necessarily our music, which might be a little too outsider for some. And when they do hear a little something, it doesn’t tell the whole story. I thought it would be interesting to have a CD available in a store like Starbucks where the casual consumer can sort of have access to [our music] more readily.”
“From my experience nothing gets you going like putting on ‘Teenage Riot’ at full volume … 0 to 60, standing still,” Vedder writes of his choice. “Play it twice and you will have cleaned the house and shoveled the walk. In a car you’ll find yourself doing 95 and getting pulled over before the first chorus.”
Sonic Youth has a few shows lined up this summer, including a July 4 gig with the reunited Feelies at New York’s Battery Park.
Here is the track list for “Hits Are for Squares:”
“Bull in the Heather,” selected by Catherine Keener
“Sugar Kane,” selected by Beck
“100%,” selected by Mike D
“Kool Thing,” selected by Radiohead
“Disappearer,” selected by Portia De Rossi
“Superstar,” selected by Diablo Cody
“Stones,” selected by Allison Anders
“Tuff Gnarl,” selected by Dave Eggers and Mike Watt
“Teenage Riot,” selected by Eddie Vedder
“Shadow of a Doubt,” selected by Michelle Williams
“Rain on Tin,” selected by Flea
“Tom Violence,” selected by Gus Van Zant
“Mary-Christ,” selected by David Cross
“World Looks Red,” selected by Chloe Sevigny
“Expressway to Yr Skull,” selected by Flaming Lips
“Slow Revolution,” exclusive new Sonic Youth recording