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The Whitey Album

The Whitey Album
Studio album by Ciccone Youth
Released February, 1988
Recorded 1986–1988
Genre Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock, Art Rock, Alternative Hip Hop, Post-Punk, Indie Rock
Length 53:56
Label Enigma (U.S. original release)
DGC (U.S. 1995 reissue)
Blast First (UK)
Au Go Go (Australia)
Torso (Netherlands)
Producer Sonic Youth
Singles from The Whitey Album
  1. "Into the Groove(y)"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (7.8/10) [2]
Robert Christgau (C) [3]

The Whitey Album is a 1988 album by Ciccone Youth, a pseudonymous side project of Sonic Youth members Steve Shelley, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, and Thurston Moore, featuring Minutemen/Firehose member Mike Watt. The album is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Madonna and 80s pop in general. Beatbox and samplers/sequencers are the foundation of the recording but Sonic Youth references still manage to permeate throughout. The album features a new version of an early Sonic Youth number, "Making the Nature Scene."

Track listing

All songs by Ciccone Youth except as noted.

  1. "Needle-Gun" – 2:27
  2. (Silence) – 1:03
  3. "G-Force" – 3:39
  4. "Platoon II" – 4:18
  5. "MacBeth" – 5:27
  6. "Me & Jill/Hendrix Cosby" – 5:30
  7. "Burnin' Up (Mike Watt Original Demo)" (Madonna) – 3:52
  8. "Hi! Everybody!" – 0:57
  9. "Children of Satan/Third Fig" – 3:06
  10. "Two Cool Rock Chicks Listening to Neu" – 2:56
  11. "Addicted to Love" (Robert Palmer) – 3:45
  12. "Moby-Dik" – 1:01
  13. "March of the Ciccone Robots" – 1:57
  14. "Making the Nature Scene" – 3:14
  15. "Tuff Titty Rap" – 0:39
  16. "Into the Groove(y)" (Madonna, Bray) – 4:36

CD reissue bonus track

  1. "MacBeth" (Alternate Mix) – 5:17


According to the liner notes of the deluxe edition of Daydream Nation: "The album cover [of Ciccone Youth], a b&w xerox enlargement of Madonna's face, was a brilliant and contemporary design. Sonic Youth had utilized found images in album covers before, but this was testing the limit. We sent copies of the vinyl album to Warners to be passed on to Madonna via her sister who worked in the art department there. Word came back that she had no problem with it acknowledging she remembered the band from her NYC Danceteria days."


  • "The Whitey Album". Sonic Youth Discography. Retrieved July 5, 2005. 
  • Daydream Nation (Deluxe Edition) - liner notes.
  1. ^ Torreano, Bradley. The Whitey Album at AllMusic
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
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