Dirty Boots

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"Dirty Boots"
Single by Sonic Youth
from the album Goo
B-side "White Kross (Live)", "Eric's Trip (Live)", "Cinderellas Big Score (Live)", "Dirty Boots (Live)", "The Bedroom (Live & Previously Unreleased)"
Released April 1991
Format 7"(promo only), 12", CD single
Recorded November 3, 1990
Genre Alternative rock
Label DGC
Writer(s) Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley
Sonic Youth singles chronology
"Kool Thing"
"Dirty Boots"

"Dirty Boots" was the third and final single from Sonic Youth's 1990 album Goo. It was released in 1991 on DGC.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dirty Boots (Edit)" - 4.49
  2. "White Kross (Live)" - 5.06
  3. "Eric's Trip (Live)" - 3.28
  4. "Cinderellas Big Score (Live)" - 6.34
  5. "Dirty Boots (Live)" - 6.13
  6. "The Bedroom (Live & Previously Unreleased)" - 3.37

All of the live tracks were taken from a concert recorded on November 3, 1990 at University of California, Irvine's Crawford Hall in Irvine, California.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Dirty Boots" was directed by Tamra Davis. The video features a boy and girl who meet and fall in love at a Sonic Youth concert. At the climax, both the boy and girl get onstage and kiss passionately while the band continues to play; both the boy and girl are then escorted by bouncers into the audience via stage dive. The video was shot in a now-defunct New York City club called Beowulf. The girl was played by Lisa Stansbury of Neptune, New Jersey.[1] The band selected her for the video after seeing her dance at a Dinosaur Jr. show at Maxwell's in Hoboken.


  • On the front cover, Thurston Moore wore a Rahsaan Roland Kirk T-shirt.
  • In the video, Stansbury wore a Nirvana T-shirt, five months before the release of that band's breakthrough album Nevermind.
  • While technically an EP, it was considered the final single from the album.
  • The music video for "Lazy Eye" by Silversun Pickups bore a strong resemblance to the music video for 'Dirty Boots'; the latter was filmed and released almost 16 years prior.
  • The song's lyrics contained sexually themed euphemisms, such as "jelly roll".[2]
  • "Dirty Boots" was covered by Japanese J-pop singer Kotoko. This version was included in an I've Sound EP called Dirty Gift, released in December 2002.


  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3250638/
  2. ^ Mellie, Roger (2002). Roger's Profanisaurus. Boxtree. p. 113. 

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