TV phenomenon "Gossip Girl" is headed into its third season this fall, and on the fifth episode the show will feature a guest spot from a very special musical guest. Veteran New York indie kingpins Sonic Youth will appear as themselves on the show and play an acoustic rendition of the song "Starpower," which comes from their 1986 album EVOL. "Gossip Girl" executive producer Stephanie Savage told Entertainment Weekly that when she heard that guitarist Thurston Moore had used footage from the show during a concert, she jumped at the chance to get one of her favorite acts on the CW hit. "I hope they’re not making fun of us! I hope it was a cool, edgy homage! And it turned out that it was — tongue in cheek for sure, but definitely with love, and that they were fans of the show," she said. She wouldn't divulge the specifics of the performance, only saying that it occurs during a big event that involves Rufus and Lily and that fans should "draw [their] own conclusions."
This isn't Moore's first contribution to the show: Last season, he recorded a cover of the Ramones' "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" for a fashion show on an episode. Nor is this Sonic Youth's first trek to teen TV, as Moore and bassist Kim Gordon appeared on a fantastic episode of "Gilmore Girls" back in 2006 (along with their pair's daughter Coco). "Gossip Girl" is also no stranger to legendary bands, as they welcomed No Doubt to the show, who performed a cover of Adam and the Ants' "Stand and Deliver," which marked the first new recording for the band since they got back together. With a soundtrack that regularly features bands as diverse and cool as Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon, MGMT and the Ting Tings, "Gossip Girl" has picked up where shows like "Dawson's Creek" and "The O.C." left off as the definitive music taste-making TV show on the air.