The Whitey Album  

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The Whitey Album is a 1988 album by Ciccone Youth, a side project of Sonic Youth. The album is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Madonna and 80s pop in general. Beatbox and samplers/sequencers are the foundation of the recording but Sonic Youth references still manage to permeate throughout.

Track listing

All songs by Ciccone Youth except as noted.

  1. "Needle-Gun" – 2:27
  2. Untitled (silence) – 1:03
  3. "G-Force" – 3:39
  4. "Platoon II" – 4:18
  5. "MacBeth" – 5:27
  6. "Me & Jill/Hendrix Cosby" – 5:30
  7. "Burnin' Up" (Mike Watt orig. demo) (Madonna) – 3:52
  8. "Hi! Everybody" – 0:57
  9. "Children of Satan/Third Fig" – 3:06
  10. "Two Cool Rock Chicks Listening to Neu!" – 2:56
  11. "Addicted to Love" (Robert Palmer) – 3:45
  12. "Moby-Dik" – 1:01
  13. "March of the Ciccone Robots" – 1:57
  14. "Making the Nature Scene" – 3:14
  15. "Tuff Titty Rap" – 0:39
  16. "Into the Groovey" (Madonna, Bray) – 4:36
  17. "MacBeth II (Mix)" (bonus track on CD release) – 5:17

Album Artwork

According to the liner notes of the deluxe edition of Daydream Nation: "The album cover [of Ciccone Youth], a b&w xerox enlargement of Madonna's face, was a brilliant and contemporary design. Sonic Youth had utilized found images in album covers before, but this was testing the limit. We sent copies of the vinyl album to Warners to be passed on to Madonna via her sister who worked in the art department there. Word came back that she had no problem with it acknowledging she remembered the band from her NYC Danceteria days."

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