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Death Valley '69 (Remastered 2009) - Single

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Album Review

The Death Valley '69 EP compiles a few previously released songs — "I Dreamed I Dream" (from Sonic Youth [1982]), "Inhuman" (from Confusion Is Sex [1983]), and "Brother James" (from Kill Yr. Idols [1983]) — in addition to the title track and the otherwise unreleased "Satan Is Boring." It served its purpose at the time of its release, showcasing the excellent title track alongside some of the band's previous standout work, which was no doubt difficult to track down at the time (the band was still very underground). The previously unreleased song, "Satan Is Boring," isn't particularly noteworthy. It's typical of the sort of songs that Sonic Youth had recorded for Bad Moon Rising (1985) — aimless and hazy, albeit curious. This 12" EP is mainly a collector's item nowadays. All of these songs can be readily found elsewhere.

Biography

Formed: 1981 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Sonic Youth were one of the most unlikely success stories of underground American rock in the '80s. Where contemporaries R.E.M. and Hüsker Dü were fairly conventional in terms of song structure and melody, Sonic Youth began their career by abandoning any pretense of traditional rock & roll conventions. Borrowing heavily from the free-form noise experimentalism of the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, and melding it with a performance art aesthetic borrowed from the New York post-punk avant-garde,...
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