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"Death Valley '69"
Death Valley '69 1984 cover.jpg
Single by Sonic Youth featuring Lydia Lunch
B-side"Brave Men Run (In My Family)"
ReleasedDecember 1984
Format7" vinyl
RecordedJuly 1984
GenreNoise rock, no wave
Writer(s)Robert Bertelli, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, , Lydia Lunch
Producer(s)Sonic Youth, Clint Ruin
Sonic Youth single chronology
Death Valley '69
Death Valley '69 1985 cover.jpg
EP by Sonic Youth featuring Lydia Lunch
ReleasedJune 1985
GenreNoise rock, no wave
LabelBlast First, Homestead
Sonic Youth EP chronology

"Death Valley '69" is a song by American alternative rock band Sonic Youth and featuring Lydia Lunch. The song was written and sung by Thurston Moore and fellow New York musician Lunch, and recorded by Martin Bisi in 1984. A demo version of the song was released in December 1984 on Iridescence Records. A re-recorded version was released in EP format with different artwork in June 1985; this version was featured on their second studio album, Bad Moon Rising.


  • 1 Music video
  • 2 Cover versions
  • 3 Track listing
  • 4 Personnel
  • 5 References

Music video

The video for "Death Valley 69" was filmed in 1985 and was the first music video by Sonic Youth, directed by Judith Barry and Richard Kern.[4] The video features the majority of the band in various states of bloody dismemberment interlaced with live footage of the band. It also stars alternative model Lung Leg. The video is the only one to feature both recently departed drummer Bob Bert and new member Steve Shelley.

Cover versions

The Flaming Lips' Finally the Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid includes a live cover of the song.

Track listing

1984 version
  1. "Death Valley '69" – 5:32
  2. "Brave Men Run (In My Family)" – 3:48
1985 version
  1. "Death Valley '69"
  2. "I Dream I Dreamed"
  3. "Inhuman"
  4. "Brother James"
  5. "Satan Is Boring"


Sonic Youth
  • Thurston Moore – guitar, lead vocals, production
  • Kim Gordon – bass guitar, production, backing vocals
  • Lee Ranaldo – guitar, backing vocals, production
  • Bob Bert – drums, production
Additional personnel
  • Lydia Lunch – lead vocals, production
  • Martin Bisi – engineering, production
  • John Erskine – engineering, production
  • Clint Ruin – engineering, production


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Death Valley '69 – Sonic Youth | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Sonic Youth". Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sonic Youth: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 26, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ Atkinson, Terry (1987-02-08). "Sound & Vision:'Death Valley '69' Is Hot". Los Angeles Times. 

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