They Sang Whaaaaaaat? Vol. 1, No. 1
Sonic Youth + old people = ohmygod!
Caught a screening yesterday of "Young@Heart," a marvelous documentary about a group of
singing septuagenarians, octogenarians and nonagenarians from Northampton, Mass., who kick out the jams (or shuffle through them, anyway) on concert stages around the world. The film is loaded with great musical moments, many of them involving the Young@Heart Chorus's efforts to learn Sonic Youth's "Schizophrenia."
The Young@Heart singers were just as incredulous as I was when chorus director Bob Cilman suggested "Schizophrenia" as a potential addition to their songbook. Especially once they heard Sonic Youth's circa-1987 version. But eventually, well ... here, just watch the chorus performing the song for the first time in front of an audience.
So great. And so worth seeing "Young@Heart" when it lands in theaters.
By the by, as a data point, here's Sonic Youth performing "Schizophrenia" several years ago. It's almost as good as the old-folks's version. My future is static/It's already had it, indeed!
By J. Freedom du Lac |
March 20, 2008; 1:11 PM ET
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