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    Dinosaur Jr.
    Kings of atmospheric grunge

    Mascis and Barlow had previously played together in a hardcore punk band called Deep Wound, which formed in 1982 while the pair were attending high school in Amherst, Massachusetts. After high school, they began exploring slower yet still aggressive music such as Black Sabbath, The Replacements, and Neil Young. Mascis' college friend Gerard Cosloy introduced him to bands like Dream Syndicate, which Mascis in turn showed to Barlow. Barlow explained, "We loved speed metal...and we loved wimpy-jangly stuff".

    Deep Wound broke up in mid-1984. Cosloy had dropped out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst to focus on running his independent record label, Homestead Records, and promised Mascis that if he were to make a record Homestead would release it. Mascis wrote a number of songs by himself and showed them to Barlow, to whom he offered the bassist position. While Barlow had played guitar in Deep Wound, he accepted as he was impressed by the material Mascis was creating. Barlow said the songs "were ****ing brilliant...They were so far beyond. I was still into two-chord songs and basic stuff like 'I'm so sad.' While I was really into my own little tragedy, J was operating in this whole other panorama." Mascis enlisted vocalist Charlie Nakajima, also formerly of Deep Wound, and drummer Emmett Patrick Murphy, otherwise known as Murph, to complete the band. Mascis explained the concept behind the group as "ear-bleeding country."

    The band was initially named Mogo, and played their first show on University of Massachusetts Amherst campus in the first week of September 1984. Nakajima went into an anti-cop rant during the performance, and Mascis was so appalled by his behavior at the show that he disbanded the group the next day. A few days later Mascis called Barlow and Murph to form a new band without telling Nakajima; "I was kind of too wimpy to kick him out, exactly," Mascis later admitted, and explained, "Communicating with people has been a constant problem in the band." The trio named themselves Dinosaur, and Mascis and Barlow took over lead vocal duties.

    Dinosaur Jr is a grunge band from Massachusetts, an unlikely place to spawn such a high caliber grunge band. They are characterized by their high melodies, very catchy chorus' and light, happy grunge sound.







    So, if you appreciate this amazing band, go ahead and post your favorite songs, trivia or anything related.
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    Freak Scene
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ2FS53ySgU]YouTube - Dinosaur Jr - Freak Scene[/ame]
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    Yeah, Dinosaur Jr. is good stuff.

    Around 2000, J Mascis and the Fog - More Light came out, which is also incredible.
    A little trivia: Robert Pollard sings backing vocals on that first track "Sameday".

    I saw J Mascis and the Fog live about 6 years ago....I couldn't hear right for a week. That's how loud the guy plays.

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    ^i did not know that! i have to hear it now!
    i like dinosaur jr but j mascis gets to be a little bit much after awhile. theyre fun for a spin once in awhile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by downlow View Post
    ^i did not know that! i have to hear it now!
    i like dinosaur jr but j mascis gets to be a little bit much after awhile. theyre fun for a spin once in awhile.

    this first link is J Mascis and the Fog...the Sameday track with Bob's vocals in background....

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH-m8-PWV3I&feature=related]YouTube - Sameday[/ame]

    and here's the last track, I made a youtube video for it using Windows Movie Maker (just threw some trippy effects on the album cover)

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah5ug1M8nJQ&feature=related]YouTube - J Mascis and the Fog - More Light[/ame]

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    Looks like there is already a Dinosaur Jr thread and also is in the right place.

    http://www.muzicforums.com/rock/22280-dinosaur-jr.html



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