Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kim and Thurston: Further Proof That Marriage Is A Mistake

I don't want to sound like a naive teenager here but I really did take some solace in the fact that Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore had been happily (?) married for so long.

Now, the NME is reporting that their 27-year marriage is over. The rockers' marriage was one of the only examples I'd frequently grasp at when I wanted to consider if the idea of wedlock was ever a good one.

I don't really know the details of the break-up, nor are they anyone's business I suppose, but 27 years is a long time.

I guess you could look at it that they got a good run out of it, that things turned out better than the majority of marriages.

Still, the big question now is what will happen to Sonic Youth? The union of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore has been not only a cool -- or should I say, kool? -- thing but the basis of one of the most significant partnerships in rock music history.

I've been listening to Sonic Youth for 25 years. I sort of drift away from what they are doing sometimes -- NYC Ghosts and Flowers (2000) seemed like crap to me, as did the albums immediately before and after that one -- but recent releases had seemed to signal a comeback.

Both Kim and Thurston have done interesting work outside of the band so I have no doubts that both will be making great music even if the marriage's split causes the band to go bust.

Frankly, it might be better for the fans that way too.

One of my favorite moments from David Letterman's CBS show: Sonic Youth, featuring a visibly pregnant Kim Gordon, rip up "Bull in the Heather" from 1994's wonderful Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star...