Watch: Kim Gordon’s Wildly Cathartic New Video for ‘Hungry Baby’
It’s been a natural occurrence for us humans to deify contemporaries who seem to excel beyond the norm: how can she/he be endowed with such seemingly limitless ability/presence/success? However, as is often the case upon closer examination, in many instances we’re just witnessing said person doing what they do while being at the right place at the right time. Keith Richards embodies this ideal, while David Bowie does not (his extreme genius also benefitted from a natural gift of timing and self-promotion).
Kim Gordon certainly falls into the former category, as pretty much everything she’s done during her 40-year career has firmly nailed the zeitgeist. From forming Sonic Youth in the early ’80s, to producing Hole’s debut album, to developing the impossibly of-the-moment fashion line X-Girl, to all the graphic art, books, and films she’s been involved in, she is possessed of an unshakeable relevance.
That, after decades as a member of SY, she went and released her first solo album at the age of 66 (in 2019) merely proved it once again. No Home Record veritably preceded our lockdown year with its sneering, anguished noise-rock, and occasionally dystopian lyrics. That she and record label Matador are still working it a year and a half later is a testament to the album’s import and staying power – as the new single/video ‘Hungry Baby’ certainly underlines.
The most PJ Harvey (who of course was very much influenced by Sonic Youth) sounding track on No Home, ‘Hungry Baby’ is a driving, bass-riff-led rocker, the video for which stars Gordon and ex-husband Thurston Moore’s precocious daughter/artist Coco in a solo turn, as she rages around an empty suburban parking lot at night. Seemingly distilling all our pent-up frustrations in one five minute outburst, we’re very much still ruminating on the lyrics, “2020 is the blow on the side” – written, of course, the previous year. Thrilling.