Sonic Youth should really get more credit for helping establish the alt-nation revolution of the 1990s. After years in the indie wilderness acquiring oodles of cred, Sonic Youth shocked (and disappointed) fans by signing a major label deal with DGC.
This, however, turned out to be an inspired move. Not only did it provide the band with some much needed financial security, they served as an example of how an alt-indie band could work with a major without losing their soul or creative control. It was because of Sonic Youth that Nirvana signed with DGC in 1991–and we all know how well that turned out.
Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star was SY’s second release on DGC, hitting the stores in the spring of 1992, just as Nirvana’s Nevermind was decimating the music industry. This single was immediately added to alt-rock stations across the universe.