Psychedelic Lunch

Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series, “Spooktober Edition” where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore music from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!

Sonic Youth – “Death Valley ’69”

The strangely tuned clanging of Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore’s guitars sometimes qualified as eerie, but this Bad Moon Rising single is downright scary. Seemingly drawing inspiration from the Manson murders (he and his family lived out in California’s Death Valley, and their murder spree occurred in ’69), Moore moans out lines from the perspective of a man out in the desert, angrily compelled to “hit it” when a girl screams, blurring the lines of violence and sex. Add in some pained backing howls from guest vocalist Lydia Lunch and Kim Gordon’s propulsive bass, and you’ve got a dark ride through an isolated gulch under a burning sky.

Moment the Spine Tingles: When Lunch and Moore flat line the words “Deep in the valley/ In the trunk of an old car.”

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

Daydream Nation (1988) was the album that catapulted Sonic Youth into the big leagues, gaining them enough critical and public acclaim to get them signed to a major label.

Daydream Nation has been widely recognized as Sonic Youth’s best work, and in 2005 it was chosen by the Library Of Congress to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. Additionally, Daydream Nation was integral to the outbreak of alternative rock in the ’90’s. Some of my favorite stuff from this double album include Teenage Riot, Hey Joni, Eric’s Trip, Trilogy, Silver Rocket, Rain King, and Total Trash.

I really love the atonal noise that Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo conjured out of their guitars and incorporated into their inspired version of classic rock.

Sonic Youth wrote intelligent songs that embraced punk spirit, art, and works of literature, and threw in a healthy dose of musical anarchy to come up with a noisy dose of pure inspiration and a sound unlike any other band of their time.

I think their music is quite timeless, and it will age quite gracefully, pulling curious listeners into its orbit for generations to come.

Website Powered by

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: