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Dinosaur Jr.'s You’re Living All Over Me

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Artists:

Dinosaur Jr.

Content Type:

33 1/3 Books

Music Genres:

Alternative Rock, Rock

Periods:

1980s

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Dinosaur Jr.'s You’re Living All Over Me

Nick Attfield

Nick Attfield is lecturer in music at Worcester College, University of Oxford. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781501396823
  • ISBN:
    978-1-5013-9682-3 (online)

    978-1-4411-8778-9 (paperback)

    978-1-4411-1824-0 (epdf)

    978-1-4411-9979-9 (epub)
  • Date of Publication:
    2011
  • Published Online:
    2017
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
  • Printer/Publisher:
    Bloomsbury Academic
  • Series Title:
    33 1/3
  • Edition:
    First Edition
Dinosaur Jr.'s You’re Living All Over Me
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Dinosaur Jr, the stereotypical slackers. Mascis, Barlow, Murph (just Murph): three early-twentysomethings still overburdened by a torpid adolescence and a disastrous dress sense. With battered guitar, bass, and kit, they carry around a catalogue of songs that betrays identities half-formed at best, schizoid at worst.

But listen. 1987, a new album, a snapshot of a moment when a furious musical intensity swung upwards and pushed their lyrics and Mascis’s vocal whine far into the margins. Searing riffs, mountainous solos, and the tightest of fills – underpinned by stream-of-consciousness structures and a palette of crazed effects – steal the show. These three build a one-off sound that stirred up the hardening alternative mainstream and drove it to distraction. You’re Living All Over Me: supposedly Mascis’s indictment of what it was like to tour in a van with these other two misfits, but also testimony to the obsession – an itch, a disease – that the band’s disengagement from their world had produced. This record cares so little it cares a lot.