Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Sonic Youth - "Expressway to Yr. Skull (Walls Have Ears version)"

Photo by A.J. Barratt

Walls Have Ears
is a long out of print Sonic Youth bootleg from 1986. It was made up of three shows from the UK in 1985, and it's a great snapshot of the band during that time period. It's finally going to be re-released next year, and we can listen to "Expressway to Yr. Skull" from it now. It's an early version of the song that pre-dates it's release on 1986's Evol. For us Sonic Youth diehards, all we have coming out are archival material like Walls Have Ears, and when you can hear early versions of favorites and hear what a favorite band sounded like live in their early years, it's a treat. Particularly when it's such a great version of a song like this version of "Expressway to Yr. Skull." This is a recording that deserves to be cherished.

You can listen to the Walls Have Ears version of "Expressway to Yr. Skull" below. The re-released bootleg is due out February 9, and is available for pre-order through Bandcamp. For more on Sonic Youth, check out the band's website.

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