The Diamond Sea

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"The Diamond Sea"
Song by Sonic Youth
from the album Washing Machine
B-side"My Arena," "The Diamond Sea (album version w/ alternate ending)"
FormatCD single
GenreAlternative rock
Length5:26 (radio edit)
19:35 (LP version)
25:50 (alternate ending)
LabelGeffen Records
Songwriter(s)Sonic Youth

"The Diamond Sea" was the first single from Sonic Youth's 1995 album Washing Machine.


  1. "The Diamond Sea" (radio edit) - 5:26
  2. "My Arena" - 2:15
  3. "The Diamond Sea" (alternate ending) - 25:50

The radio edit of this song is significantly shorter than the version that appears on the album (which is 19:35), but the alternate version is over six minutes longer than the album version.

Music video

The video for The Diamond Sea was directed by Spike Jonze, Lance Bangs, Dave Markey, Steve Paine, and Angus Wall. The video compiles live footage from their headlining tour dates on the 1995 Lollapalooza tour.