"Death Valley '69" is a collaboration between Sonic Youth and Lydia Lunch, who worked in a subset of punk rock known as "no wave" - very loud and discomfiting. She wrote and performed the song with the band.
The song is filled with disjointed images - a Chevy, someone named Sadie - and takes place in Death Valley, California in 1969. The word "death" and musical tone lead many to believe it's a rather evil song, but Lunch says it isn't. "That's a happy pop song," she said in a Songfacts interview
. "Read into it what you will. Evil? I guess. I have far more malignant material than that. More terrifying, that's for sure."