Watch rare footage of J Mascis performing with Sonic Youth in 1987

[L-R] J Mascis and Kim Gordon
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Sonic Youth have released rare footage of a two-track set they performed with Dinosaur Jr. guitarist J Mascis in 1987.

Taking place at The Rat (aka The Rathskeller) – a Boston, Massachusetts venue which hosted such names as Talking Heads, the Pixies and Dead Kennedys prior to its closure in 1997 – the gig comprised two covers: Crime's Hot Wire My Heart and The Stooges classic I Wanna Be Your Dog. Mascis can be seen playing electric guitar on the latter.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.