Kim Gordon Is In A New Band: Here’s why it won’t be her last

Kim Gordon, nonstop artistic force, has returned to the music scene with a new band, Glitterbust. It’s a joint endeavor between herself and Alex Knost of Tomorrows Tulips—and, lucky for you, the musical duo have just released their first song, “The Highline,” off of their self-titled album. The sound is equal parts down-to-earth, punk, and Cali.

To celebrate her very necessary musical comeback, we look back at some noteworthy highlights from her career thus far. Just bear in mind: these will leave you wanting more.


With the help of stylist Daisy von Furth, Gordon launched X-Girl in 1993—the iconic fashion brand that forced everyone to reevaluate the idea of “feminine” clothing and how teenage girls should dress. The label was so influential, you can still see traces of it today; in fact, V-Files brought the line back for your shopping pleasure. And Gordon is quick to admit the line’s lasting impact; in her memoir, Girl in a Band, she wrote , “In a way X-Girl gave me far more notoriety than Sonic Youth ever did.”

“The label says ‘don’t have to wear less clothes.'”

Girl in a Band

Although Gordon has published several books, her memoir, Girl in a Band, really put her on the literary map. In the book, Gordon intimately recounts her childhood, her growth as an artist, and the unshakable love and appreciation she has for Sonic Youth.

HIGHER FEES APPLY. Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth photographed on 27th April 1990.
Kim Gordon photographed on 27th April 1990.

Der Nachtmahr

Did you know that Gordon guest starred in one of the weirder German, techno-themed horror flicks you’ll ever come across? Me neither. It’s called Der Nachtmahr, and it’s kind of like adolescence, neon lights, drugs, and paranoia—if they were thrown into a blender, and then liquified.

Peaches’ Music Video for “Close Up”

Cool girl Gordon also starred in a particularly memorable Peaches music video as a tough-as-nails boxing coach. The video is rife with blood, sweat, and a Dirty Sanchez. Mmmm.

Marc Jacobs’ Fall ’15 Campaign

Gordon’s impact on the fashion world is undeniable—and not just for X-Girl. The lady has unapologetic and highly inspiring style. Gordon first met Marc Jacobs when she was filming Sonic Youth’s “Sugar Kane” video, which was centered around Jacobs’ grunge collection for Perry Ellis. And the two have been friends ever since; in 2003, Gordon appeared in her first Marc Jacobs campaign, and just last year she posed alongside her daughter Coco for the Marc Jacobs Fall ’15 campaign.

I remember exactly how equally excited (and intimidated) I felt when I first met Kim in 1992. I was a huge fan, and she represented all that was intelligent, unconventionally creative and cool…awkward, powerful, the epitome of artistic credibility and a seductive intensity that I'd never known. In 1992 Sonic Youth were working on a video for their song Sugar Kane, from their album Dirty. My friend Nick Egan was directing it and introduced me to Kim and Thurston. The intimidation I felt disappeared after they'd invited me to their place to talk about the video. Filmed at the Perry Ellis showroom, centered on my grunge collection, while Sonic Youth played, Kims friend Chloe Sevigny starred along with a cast of friends, models and fashion editors (You Tube it)! From that point on, my respect, admiration and friendship with Kim grew. In our first ever ad, photographed by Juergen Teller in 1998 Kim appeared wearing a dress of mine while performing on stage in London. Kim, Thurston, Coco and Louise appeared in our 2003 campaign. SY performed center stage while models walked around them in our Fall/Winter 2008 show. Several times while on tour in Europe, they stayed with me in my Paris apartment..I was excited and impressed to see Coco's artwork.. I have learned so much about art from Kim. Kim and Coco are photographed here by David Sims. A personal and stunning portrait to end our extraordinary portfolio with. Thank you to all of my endlessly inspiring friends for being part of this campaign. And, to all the amazing talents who've made it happen. I am so truly grateful to you all.

A photo posted by Marc Jacobs (@themarcjacobs) on

They call Gordon the Godmother of Grunge, but I think she’s the Eternal Queen of Cool. Her accomplishments and contributions to the art world are unmatched—and, best of all, have always sprung from the heart.

Stay tuned to Milk for more Kim Gordon tributes.

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