Dinosaur Jr's top discs
Highlights of the Dinosaur Jr discography
Reputedly costing just US$500 to record, the band's debut is a ferocious mix of heavy metal and punk. While it lacks the direction or consistency of later albums, it does establish J. Mascis' slurred, stoner vocal style as de rigueur in American rock.
You're Living All Over Me (1987)
The album that consolidated Dinosaur Jr's sludge-rock dynamism also saw Mascis enter his despotic phase within the band. Bassist Lou Barlow vented his frustration and tension by hammering at his instrument, giving the album a ferocity that became an essential part of the band's make-up.
Veering in a more poppy direction, the third album precipitated Barlow's departure but spawned a worldwide hit in the indie anthem Freak Scene. Mascis has since denounced it as the band's worst album.
Green Mind (1990)
The first release on a major label saw Mascis take a more melodic turn in his guitar phrasing, almost making his instrument weep. Murph barely plays on the collection as his parts are performed by the increasingly megalomaniacal Mascis.
I Bet on Sky (2012)
The third album released after the founding trio's 2005 reunion sees Mascis wandering into blues territory and honing his singing style. His need to control the band now largely evaporated, the album features two Barlow numbers.