By Chuck Eddy
March 31, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

Sonic Youth Made in USA (Rhino) Bad Moon Rising (DGC) Confusion Is Sex (DGC) Ciccone Youth The Whitey Album (DGC) Suddenly the stores are flooded with old product by these New York avant-gardists. USA is 23 mostly instrumental snippets recorded for an obscure 1986 B movie. A few tracks suggest surf guitars minus the rhythmic twang, and the rest mostly consist of boring cornball horror effects and echoey crescendos. The DGC discs are reissues of ’80s albums initially put out on smaller labels and now expanded with rare non-LP tracks: Bad Moon surrounds a catchy ditty about mass murder with mood music and dirge poetry, and Whitey, by the pseudonymous Ciccone Youth, surrounds a cute Madonna cover with assorted inept jokes. Confusion Is Sex is the band’s funniest, hardest-rocking, and most underrated album ever. Made in USA: C- Bad Moon: B Confusion: A- The Whitey Album: C+ -Chuck Eddy

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