Shadow of a doubt by Sonic Youth has always been one of my favorite songs. It’s featured on SY’s third record, called EVOL, released in 1986.
It’s a fantastic record and sure one of Sonic Youth’s best releases (indeed - together with GOO - it’s the SY record I listened to the most).
I love this song for it’s lyrics and it’s gloomy and blurry atmosphere. I love Kim Gordon’s voice. I like the way the guitar sounds and I also love the video showing Kim on the top of a train.
A couple of days ago I stumbled upon a radioshow where Johnny Jewel of Glass Candy/Chromatics-fame is talking about music and playing some records. At the end of the session he’s playing a coverversion of this song by Farah, who’s surely one of the most interesting acts on the Italians do it better label and a favorite of mine ever since i heard Law of life for the first time.
It’s a nice version and a “true Farah”. It’s stripped down to the bone, it’s repetitive and hypnotic. Farah once described her vision of music as “dark disco” and I think this matches her style perfectly.
Here’s the whole show, the track by Farah starts at around 36.45. I recommend listening to the full show because all of the songs are great and the soft and friendly voice of Johnny Jewel is quite a delight.
And here’s the video of the original version by Sonic Youth.