Album: Daydream Nation
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If Daydream Nation’s opening track “Teen Age Riot” was the sound of an alternative nation daydreaming about President Mascis, then the second song (and second single) “Silver Rocket” did everything it could to dissipate that dream, starting with a peal of feedback and a silvery picking riff from Thurston Moore, which instantly heads into lightspeed hardcore territory, with drummer Steven Shelley smashing his snare drum to bits while Lee Ranaldo tosses out his own bits of silver and gold and Thurston Moore breathlessly intones the lyrics.
Snake in it, jack into the wall
TV amp on fire blowing in the hall
Gun your sled, close your peeping toms
Turbo organizer cranking on the knob
You got it
Yeah, ride your silver rocket
Can’t stop it
Burnin’ hole in your pocket
I’m not totally sure what “Silver Rocket” is about — sex, drugs, Neuromancer? — but I am totally sure I don’t care, because I get off on the sheer visceral viscerality of the whole thing, the way it just pummels and pummels before totally collapsing into itself with a hailstorm of white noise about 90 seconds in. This, remember, was a single. Which is why the white noise part only lasts for about 30 seconds, as Moore’s original riff and a long long long Shelley snare roll bring it back to the land of songs.
After that, it’s a couple more verses and choruses, and then “Silver Rocket” crashes into the Sprawl.
“Silver Rocket” live in the studio, 1988
“Silver Rocket” live on Night Music, 1989
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