Dinosaur Jr.

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Dinosaur Jr. is an American indie rock band.

They were formed as Dinosaur in 1983 in Amherst, Massachusetts by J Mascis (guitar and vocals) and his high school classmate Lou Barlow (bass guitar), following the break-up of their hardcore punk band, Deep Wound. Shortly afterwards, Murph (Emmett Patrick Murphy, drums) joined them. They changed their name following the release of their debut, Dinosaur (1985), when another band called Dinosaur, featuring ex-members of Country Joe and the Fish and Jefferson Airplane, sued them.

In 1987, they signed to SST Records and with them they released what is often considered their best album, You're Living All Over Me (1987), as well as Bug (1988). They never had much commercial success, but gained something of a cult following and became known for their very loud concerts. They were championed by Sonic Youth, who helped them get signed to SST. Dinosaur's songs were melodic, fairly simply structured and covered in guitar noise. These first albums were a major influence on the up and coming band Nirvana, and were equally on par with Dinosaur Jr.'s contempories the Pixies.

Tensions ran high between Mascis and Barlow, and in 1989 Barlow was kicked out of the band, continuing to work with his own band Sebadoh. Dinosaur Jr. subsequently became little more than a pseudonym for Mascis. He switched labels to Blanco y Negro, Green Mind (1991) being his first release there. Through the 90s, Mascis sometimes explored quieter and more tranquil shores than Dinosaur Jr. had in the 1980s. On the 1993 release, Where You Been, the opening track (Out There) had an accompanying video and was aired on MTV for a short time, as the show 120 Minutes was still popular as a late-night 'Alternative' video show.

Mascis continues to release albums under his new band J Mascis and the Fog.

In 2004, Mascis regained the master rights to the first three Dinosaur Jr. albums from SST, and arranged for their reissue on the Merge label in early 2005. The reissues coincided with the announcement that the original lineup of Mascis, Barlow and Murph was reuniting for a summer tour.

Dinosaur Jr.'s career is chronicled in Our Band Could Be Your Life, a study of several important American underground rock groups.



Studio Albums

Year Title Label
1985 Dinosaur Homestead | reissued, 2005 Merge
1987 You're Living All Over Me SST | reissued, 2005 Merge
1988 Bug SST | reissued, 2005 Merge
1991 Green Mind Blanco y Negro/Sire
1993 Where You Been Blanco y Negro/Sire
1994 Without a Sound Blanco y Negro/Sire
1997 Hand It Over Blanco y Negro/Sire

EPs & Singles

Year Title Label
1987 Keep The Glove SST
1987 Little Furry Things SST
1988 Freak Scene SST
1989 Just Like Heaven SST
1991 The Wagon Blanco y Negro/Sire
1991 Whatever's Cool With Me Blanco y Negro/Sire
1993 Start Choppin' Blanco y Negro/Sire
1993 Out There Blanco y Negro/Sire
1994 Feel The Pain Blanco y Negro/Sire
1995 I Don't Think So Blanco y Negro/Sire
1997 Take A Run At The Sun Blanco y Negro/Sire


Year Title Label
1991 Fossils SST
2000 BBC: In Session Fuel 2000
2001 Ear-Bleeding Country: The Best of Dinosaur Jr. Rhino

See also


  • Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Dinosaur Jr. (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&uid=UIDSUB020404191908272523&sql=B87dnvwmva9xk)" All Music Guide. Retrieved June 13, 2005.

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