“It seemed like a performance from another dimension”, Studio stories from Butch Vig with Sonic Youth, the Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana

Garbage’s Butch Vig has produced some of the most important artists of the ’90s, including Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth and singer/songwriter Freedy Johnston. In Rolling Stone, Vig talks about a few of his most unforgettable moments in the studio.

About recording Theresa’s Sound-World,” from Sonic Youth‘s Dirty (DGC): “We turned the lights down low to enhance the trance, the Sonics began playing, and, I swear, I held my breath for five minutes. It seemed like a performance from another dimension: shimmering, hypnotic, raw and intense, dissonant yet beautiful, and unbelievably powerful. As they were cutting the track, I remember whispering to the assistant engineer that we were witnessing a magical performance. I think “Theresa’s” is the quintessential track on Dirty because – like the best Sonic Youth songs – it defies categorization.”

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