Thurston Moore is one cool cat. He was there -- in NYC circa the mid- to late '70s -- for punk and was one of the tantrum-throwing No Wavers who didn't think the Ramones et al. took their rock reinvention far enough. Thus, he and the rest of Sonic Youth and other noise-rock visionaries (like Lydia Lunch and James Chance) dragged experimental music down from the exalted pedestal of academia and into the piss-stained floors of dives across the country.
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"The Pixies reunion was a real success, and Dinosaur Jr. seems like a big success, and both those bands play as good as they ever did. Mission of Burma blew my mind when they came back. But a band like us never did break up. Which was to our own detriment. What would have happened if we did break up after Daydream Nation -- or even after Dirty -- and had gotten back together two years ago? You'd be interviewing me at the Chateau Marmont as I'm waiting for my limousine. We probably would have made so much money. This was our biggest career faux pas -- not breaking up."