1991: The Year Punk Broke,
a film centered around Sonic Youth on their 1991 European tour, has been given a DVD release for the first time.

Released 20 years ago now, The Year Punk Broke focuses not just on Sonic Youth (captured in the live setting, with performances of ‘Dirty Boots’, ‘Teen Age Riot’ and more, as well as behind-the-scenes and on the road), but showcases Nirvana a month prior to the release of Nevermind. There’s also concert footage of Babes in Toyland (performing ‘Dustcake Boy’), Dinosaur Jr. (‘Freak Scene’, ‘The Wagon’) and The Ramones (‘Commando’).

The DVD version of the film also comes with 65 minutes of bonus material, including a previously unreleased featurette titled (This is Known as) The Blues Scale, which features more live footage of Sonic Youth and Nirvana. On top of that, there’s coverage of Broken Punk, a 2003 panel discussion between Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley and Lee Ranaldo, Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis and filmmaker Dave Markey.

Universal have also announced a first full release of Hits are for Squares, a Sonic Youth compilation chosen by famous fans of the group, including David Cross, Chloe Sevigny, The Flaming Lips and Radiohead. The compilation closes on ‘Slow Revolution’, an unreleased ‘Youth cut.

Both releases are planned for October 31.

Hits are for Squares tracklist:

1. Bull in the Heather (selected by Catherine Keener)
2. 100% (selected by Mike D)
3. Sugar Kane (selected by Beck)
4. Kool Thing (selected by Radiohead)
5. Disappearer (selected by Portia de Rossi)
6. Superstar (selected by Diablo Cody)
7. Stones (selected by Allison Anders)
8. Tuff Gnarl (selected by Dave Eggers and Mike Watt)
9. Teenage Riot (selected by Eddie Vedder)
10. Shadow of a Doubt (selected by Michelle Williams)
11. Rain on Tin (selected by Flea)
12. Tom Violence (selected by Gus Van Sant)
13. Mary-Christ (selected by David Cross)
14. World Looks Red (selected by Chloe Sevigny)
15. Expressway to yr Skull (selected by The Flaming Lips)
16. Slow Revolution (new track, exclusive to this compilation



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