Jeffrey Lewis

Sonnet Youth: Confusion Is Sex/Kill Yr Idols

Label Nina Cat no. JLCIS


This mini-zine features a re-imagining of Sonic Youth's 1983 masterpieces, the "Confusion Is Sex" LP and "Kill Yr Idols" EP (which usually get bundled together into one album).  All eleven song lyrics have been rewritten by Jeffrey as eleven sonnets in the Shakespearian mode!  Each line is in iambic pentameter (generally that's the soft/loud/soft/loud 5-beat rhythm of "To BE or NOT to BE, that IS the QUEStion...") and each poem is structured into the sonnet architecture of three quatrains and a closing couplet.  Naturally there's also accompanying illustrations by Jeffrey.  For example, here's the complete original lyrics for the song "Kill Yr Idols" (copyright Thurston Moore and the rest of Sonic Youth circa 1983):KILL YR IDOLS (original Sonic Youth lyrics)I don't know why / You wanna impress Christgau / Ah let that shit die/ And find out the new goal.Kill yr idols / Sonic death / It's the end of the world  /  Your confusion is sex.AND here it is in Jeffrey's sonnet form re-write:KILL YR IDOLS (Jeffrey's sonnet version)It fills me up with anger and depression  There's more to art than being on a list now  So why still try to make a good impressionOn any music critic, even Christgau?Leave behind all former tags and titlesSlay them with your brutal sonic forceAs Nietzsche said, you have to kill your idols.   All uncertainty is intercourse    Keep skepticism strong and un-suspendingPerhaps that's what the message of this tune isThe world you knew is coming to an endingSo kill it and embrace the crazy newness.And kill me also, if I get too preachy.Treat no one sacred - me, Christgau or Nietzsche.SONNET YOUTH:  CONFUSION IS SEX/KILL YR IDOLS1) (She's in a) Bad Mood2) Protect Me You3) Freezer Burn/I Wanna Be Your Dog4) Shaking Hell5) Inhuman6) The World Looks Red7) Confusion Is Next8) Making the Nature Scene9) Kill Yr Idols10) Brother James11) Early American(Note:  A twelfth song, "Lee Is Free," does not appear here rewritten in sonnet form because it's an instrumental.)