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

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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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