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Sonic Youth Report In From the Set of "Gossip Girl"

September 3, 2009 2:01 PM ET

Sonic Youth have finished filming their cameo for the October 12th episode of Gossip Girl, in which the downtown art rockers meet the uptown rich kids by guesting as a wedding band and performing their Eighties classic "Star Power." "Kim [Gordon] and I are pretty fanatical viewers of the show," Thurston Moore tells Rolling Stone. "It's sort of our dose of Shakespeare every week." One of the show's stars, Zuzanna Szadkowski (who plays awesome Polish maid Dorota — Number #7 on our 50 Reasons to Watch TV story in the new issue), tells RS the band was more than welcome on set. "I'm really looking forward to that episode because I think they have a cool contribution to make to that scene."

A few weeks back, Moore himself sent us an e-mail with a photo of him kicking it with G.G. stars Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick. (His daughter Coco, who is also a huge fan of the show, took the picture.) "Ed and Chace seemed aware of who we are, but they were more interested in Kings of Leon," says Moore. "Those are their boys." Moore got a chance to impart some advice to Taylor Momsen, who's got a budding music career of her own with her band the Pretty Reckless. "I asked her about her [recent] tour and she said it wasn't exactly the kind of tour she wanted to do," says Moore. "And I said that it never really is. Then I told her to read Henry Rollins' Get In the Van."

Moore has been involved with Gossip Girl before. Last year, he teamed up with ex-Be Your Own Pet frontwoman Jemina Pearl to cover a version of the Ramones' "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," which aired as background music. But is there any chance of more Sonic Youth cameos on G.G. in the future? "I'd like to have a role on the show," says Moore. "I'd love to be a 51-year-old ex-indie rocker who hangs out in some capacity. Maybe I can be kind of an art-rock nemesis to Dan Humphrey or something."

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