“Death Valley ’69” – Sonic Youth with Lydia Lunch


From the 1985 album “Bad Moon Rising,” “Death Valley ’69” is Sonic Youth’s take on the Manson murders. It’s the first Sonic Youth song I ever heard and is still my favorite.

I remember seeing this very disturbing video uncut for the first time on the phenomenal (and long gone) late-night USA Network show “Night Flight” back in the mid-1980s and it completely blew me away. The video is directed by Judith Barry and famed underground filmmaker/photographer Richard Kern. The video has a lot of graphic violence and is not safe for work or little ones.