The music video for "Kool Thing" was the band's first for a major label. The video was directed by Tamra Davis. The video deals with Kim Gordon's fascination with 1960s radicalism (particularly Patty Hearst and the Black Panthers), and features the band wearing glam style clothing. The video was stylized after LL Cool J's "Going Back to Cali" video, down to the black and white camera, and Go-Go style dancers. One of the Go-Go dancers is Amma Walcott. Gordon initially wanted to wear a beret and carry an Uzi, as a self-described "poseur-leftist girl lusting after Black Panthers concept." However, the higher ups at Geffen vetoed the plan. Chuck D makes an appearance during the video.
^"Search the charts". irishcharts.ie. Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved January 16, 2013. N.B. User must define search parameters by entering either "Sonic Youth" into Search by Artist and clicking search or "Kool Thing" into Search by Song Title and clicking search.