November 15, 2000 at 5:08 pm #44454
I think this would be a good thread.
My personal story is not too exciting.
My first memory is when I saw Dinsoaur Jr on The John Stewart Show I didn’t know who they were until John said so. I thought maybe it was collective soul (because of the J’s very long hair at the time)
Next I was in grade 9 it was 1995. I was a dork listening to STP, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana. I borrowed The Melrose Place soundtrack from a friend because it had an Urge Overkill song on it (turns out it was a song I already had) the only good song on the tape was Blah by Dinosaur Jr I taped it. A few months later I saw ‘Without A Sound’ on cassette in a cut out bin at superstore and bought it. I thought it sounded okay and I really liked ‘Feel The Pain’ (and a bit mellow and poppy compared to the grunge I was listening to) but the songs all seemed to blend together. I started listening to it before I went to bed and one day I was listening to it biking and "Get Out of THis" was playing and I said to myself "My God this guy is an awesome guitar player" and I fell in love with the band then.
sorry to bore you. A more interesting story is how dinosaur jr made me hate my friends.
[This message has been edited by bob (edited November 16, 2000).]November 15, 2000 at 6:19 pm #63350
I first heard Dinosaur Jr about 2 years ago, i think it was the out there video (the golf one?), i really liked it and imprinted the name in the back of my mind. I always wanted to check them out, and finally did when i got ‘hand it over’ at a second hand cd shop. I had gone in to buy sonic youth’s ‘goo’ which wasn’t there (in the end, lucky for me). Since then i have totally been in love with his music.
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‘confusion is sex’November 15, 2000 at 7:22 pm #63351
Many years ago (about ’89 or ’90), I really liked this local band and eventually came to be their managerpromoteretc. They really dug Dinosaur and a lot of people said they sounded similar to Dinosaur. I had to check this Dinosaur band out. The first Dino album I bought was Bug and I have since purchased everything I could find that has ever been done by J. I have never found any other music I liked better.
A nice thing J did – the singerguitar player of the band I managed was in a serious accident and having numerous problems. J sent him a get well card signed "Your friend, J". It meant a lot to my friend and his mom still has the card.
November 15, 2000 at 9:21 pm #63352
Back in 91 I lived near Dallas and the alternative station KDGE was playing "Start Choppin". I was into a lot of different stuff and prone to buy a CD after hearing one song, even though some of the time I was dissapointed by the rest of the disc. I had a feeling this time might be different. The over-the-top guitar solo in that tune took me back to my young teenage headbanging days but appealed to my taste for depressing but melodic alternative and punk. I picked up Where You Been and the song Out There absolutely floored me within 3 seconds…maybe less! It still does EVERY freakin’ time I listen to it. I too have picked up everything I know of that J has done. There are only two other bands I have totally thrown myself into before. In the mid 80’s I was an R.E.M. fanatic (still love that old stuff) and before that, when I was in Junior high I was an Iron Maiden freak. I went a few years in limbo, not really able to get way into anything in particular until Dinosaur Jr came into my life. It’s perfect!
[email protected] [img]http://www.freakscene.net/ubb/smilies/earl.gif[/img]November 15, 2000 at 9:47 pm #63353
My 1st Dinosaur Jr song was Little Fury Things in the late 80’s….it was the perfect sound for my brain!!! Like DFKgirl I have since that time picked up as much Dinosaur Jr/J Mascis material I could get my hands on. The music has always made me smile & feel great, even if the content may be depressing at times it leaves me feeling optimistic….what more could you want? I have not ever been disappointed by anything put out by J Mascis, just keeps getting better and better!!!!!
I tend to categorize things, Dino Jr/J Mascis entered the group of bands/music that I feel the strongest about….NY Dolls, Iggy, Damned, Flaming Lips, Jesus and Mary Chain, Swervedriver, Husker Du. I listen to a lot of music but the above reach me in a special way, the rest is great but just cannot reach how these work on my brain. To dissect that even more it is first the music that I feel, then the vocals…style etc then the lyrics. With Dinosaur Jr/J Mascis the music is so strong…it really does take 1st place frequently in the above core bands.
I agree with all of you that even with the amount of time gone by since hearing my first Dinosaur Jr song…Little Fury Things my reaction remains the same…..wow wow wow!!!!
November 16, 2000 at 9:33 am #63354
Summer ’94. Lying in bed trying to sleep. I’m not tired and it’s too hot in my room. Phone rings. Friend of mine is making a lot of noise in the other end. Can’t make out much, just bits like "Come, shit, wow" etc. Obviously I think my friend has cracked and is in danger of hurting himself. Runs over to his house,storms into the house. Just to find him sitting infront of the stereo with the biggest grin ever. When he pushed the play button I knew why. It was "Drawerings." It was unlike anything I’d heard before. It was heaven on a compact disc.
Redda Joppe, dÃ¸d eller levande!November 16, 2000 at 11:23 am #63355
I actually didn’t get to know about Dinosaur Jr by their music itself.
It was late 92, I believe. I was pretty much into The Cure that time, when I read an Robert Smith article hanging at the wall in a friend’s room. In that interview Rob said that he was pretty much into Dinosaur Jr. I didn’t even know the band then and I told myself ‘You have to check this out’. A couple of weeks later I saw the first Dino video on mtv’s 120 minutes – it was ‘Start Choppin’. Soon after that I bought the single, and the bonus tracks on it (‘Turnip Farm’, ‘Forget It’) helped me to completely fall in love with J’s music. The 1st album I got was ‘Green Mind’.
November 16, 2000 at 12:20 pm #63356
Somewhere in 1992 I heard from a guy at school he listened to bands I never heard of. One of them was Dinosaur Jr. In the city where I lived you couldn’t buy those kind of music, so when I was was in a bigger city at a time, I tried to find a cd of Dinosaur Jr. I found two: Green Mind and Where you been. The salesman told Green Mind was better, so I listened to that one. I was really amazed! The first song, The Wagon, was nothing I had ever heard before (beautiful solo) and it is still one of my favorites. From that moment I’m a big fan and over the years I managed to buy all the albums. Unfortunate J/Dinosaur Jr didn’t come to the Netherlands very often, but now I’m looking forward to see him play at 12-6 in Amsterdam!
November 16, 2000 at 10:44 pm #63357
I got into dino when watching a tv game show back in 1994 called something like "videoit. Anyways there was this guy on the show wearing a greenmind t-shit and at the time i was in high school smoking alot of pot,and some how the t-shirt grabed my attention. Anyways i hit the stores looking for a dino cd and Where you been came my way(thank god it did). When i first listened to that cd i remember listening to it in bed in total darkness and it frightened the shit out of me(dont know why), but now it remains my all time fav cd.I now have quite a collection of dino cd’s and believe i will still be listening to dino 10 years from now. The only other band that has totally hooked me like dino is Primus.
p.s.:It’s funny how many different ways dino has stepped into our lives.
"its better than a kick in the face with a golf shoe"
[This message has been edited by antipop (edited November 16, 2000).]December 4, 2000 at 10:50 am #63358
In about 1988 when they recorded their first John Peel set (Keep the Glove and Thumb are the only two tracks I can remember, although maybe Severed Lips was on too).
Our band had sent our first single into John Peel’s show (we were 14) and were hoping he would play it (he did 2 weeks later).
The year after that they played one of the UK festivals (think it was Reading) and a small tour before that, and I caught them both and have been hooked ever since. The only band that have come near them for me in terms of emotion and raw talent are the Archers of Loaf (Chumming the Ocean is one of the most beautiful songs ever written) and Eric Bachmann’s new band, Crooked Fingers is looking good too.
December 6, 2000 at 10:35 am #63359
You will probably find this very hard to believe, but I got into Dinosaur Jr the same way as I got into many other bands. I heard them on the Radio in 87 (Ooooops, thatÂ´s giving away my age I guess), liked it, bought the record, liked it some more, bought the next record as well. Hey, life can be pretty exiting donÂ´t you think.
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