Bull in the Heather

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"Bull in the Heather"
Single by Sonic Youth
from the album Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
B-side "Razor Blade", "Doctor's Orders (T.-Vox version)"
Released April 1994
Format 7" and 10" vinyl, CD
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:04
Label DGC
Writer(s) Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley
Sonic Youth singles chronology
"Drunken Butterfly"
"Bull in the Heather"

"Bull in the Heather" is a song by American alternative rock band Sonic Youth, released in 1994 by record label DGC as the only single from their eighth studio album, Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.

Single content[edit]

The single featured an outtake, "Razor Blade", and an alternate version of "Doctor's Orders" as B-sides.[1]

Singer and bassist Kim Gordon explained that the song is about "using passiveness as a form of rebellion—like, I'm not going to participate in your male-dominated culture, so I'm just going to be passive".[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video directed by Tamra Davis was released for the song.[3] It featured singer Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill dancing.[4] The scenes of the guitarists jumping around on a bed were recreated from a photo of band member Thurston Moore when he was younger. In the video, band member Kim Gordon is five months pregnant.


"Bull in the Heather" was released as a single in April 1994 by record label DGC. "Bull in the Heather" reached No. 13 on the US Modern Rock Tracks,[5] No. 24 on the UK Singles Chart,[6] and No. 90 on the Australian ARIA singles chart.[7]

Spin placed the song at No. 37 in its list of "The 100 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1994".[8]


In 2007, NME placed "Bull in the Heather" at No. 48 in its list of the 50 "Greatest Indie Anthems Ever".[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bull in the Heather (LP Version)" – 3:04
  2. "Razor Blade" – 1:06
  3. "Doctor's Orders (T.-vox Version)" – 4:20


  1. ^ "Bull in the Heather". sonicyouth.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-18. Retrieved 2015-03-07. 
  2. ^ Matt Diehl (1994-05-30). "When Will These Old Guys Shut Up?". New York. 27 (22): 52–53. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  3. ^ Bradley Bambarger (1994-04-02). "Sonic Youth Looks Back To The Future". Billboard. 106 (14): 13–14. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  4. ^ Mollie Boutell-Butler (2009-07-20). "Are you gonna liberate us girls?: Five great Sonic Youth songs sung by Kim Gordon". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  5. ^ "Sonic Youth - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  6. ^ "Sonic Youth". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 2015-02-26. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  7. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 19 Jun 1994". ARIA. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  8. ^ "The 100 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1994". Spin. Archived from the original on 2014-09-13. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  9. ^ "The Greatest Indie Anthems Ever". NME. 2007-05-01. Archived from the original on 2014-08-05. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 

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