Dinosaur Jr.

Formed 1984.
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Dinosaur Jr. - Glastonbury highlights

Highlights of Dinosaur Jr's set on the Park stage at Glastonbury 2013.

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Dinosaur Jr. is an American rock band formed in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1984, originally called simply Dinosaur until legal issues forced a change in name.

The band was founded by J Mascis (guitar, vocals, primary songwriter), Lou Barlow (bass, vocals), and Murph (drums). After three albums on independent labels earned the band a reputation as one of the formative influences on American alternative rock, creative tension led to Mascis firing Barlow, who later formed Sebadoh and Folk Implosion. His replacement, Mike Johnson came aboard for three major-label albums. Murph eventually quit, with Mascis taking over drum duties on the band's albums before the group disbanded in 1997. The original lineup reformed in 2005, releasing three albums thereafter.

Mascis's drawling vocals and distinct guitar sound, hearkening back to 1960s and '70s classic rock and characterized by high gain, extensive use of feedback and distortion, were highly influential in the alternative rock movement of the 1990s.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of I Bet on Sky

    I Bet on Sky 2012

    Reviewed by Jude Clarke
    As ever, Dinosaur Jr. successfully marry heaviosity with a warm, tuneful sensibility.
  2. Review of Farm

    Farm 2009

    Reviewed by Julian Marszalek
    Farm builds on their fearsome reputation rather than diminishing it.
  3. Review of Beyond

    Beyond 2007

    Reviewed by Al Fox
    ...These songs just about invoke a shoulder-shrug.
  4. Review of Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me, Bug

    Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me, Bug 2005

    Reviewed by Zoe Street
    Floppy fringes, form an orderly queue...
  5. Review of Where You Been

    Where You Been 1993

    Reviewed by Stevie Chick
    Laconic, guitar-heavy masterpiece from Dinosaur Jr.’s second-wind.