Bug (Dinosaur Jr. album)

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Studio album by
Released October 31, 1988
Recorded 1988
Studio Fort Apache Studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock, noise rock
Length 35:24
Label SST (216), Blast First, Au Go Go
Producer J Mascis
Dinosaur Jr. chronology
You're Living All Over Me
Green Mind
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound 4.5/5[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Mojo 4/5 stars[4]
Paste 4.5/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork 7.3/10[6]
PopMatters 8/10[7]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 8/10[8]
Stylus Magazine A[9]
Uncut 3/5 stars[10]
Sample of "Freak Scene"

Bug is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr., released in October 1988 through SST Records. Blast First and Au Go Go Records released the album in the United Kingdom and Australia, respectively. It was the last Dinosaur Jr. album with original bassist Lou Barlow until Beyond in 2007.

Bug is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[11] Beats Per Minute ranked it the 41st best album of the 1980s.[12] Despite it being a favorite of many Dinosaur Jr. fans, J Mascis has said it is his least favorite Dinosaur Jr. album.

Track listing

All songs written by J Mascis.

No. Title Length
1. "Freak Scene" 3:36
2. "No Bones" 3:43
3. "They Always Come" 4:37
4. "Yeah We Know" 5:24
5. "Let It Ride" 3:37
6. "Pond Song" 2:53
7. "Budge" 2:32
8. "The Post" 3:38
9. "Don't" 5:41
Total length: 35:24
Bonus track
No. Title Length
10. "Keep the Glove" (Bonus track on 2005 Merge Records reissue) 2:52


Dinosaur Jr.
Additional personnel


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Bug – Dinosaur Jr". AllMusic. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  2. ^ Diver, Mike (March 18, 2005). "Dinosaur Jr. – Dinosaur / You're Living All Over Me / Bug". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  3. ^ Sinclair, Tom (April 11, 2005). "EW reviews the latest album reissues". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "Dinosaur Jr.: Bug". Mojo: 108. Bug marks the emergence of Mascis writing by rote. When applied to such an outlandishly great song as 'Freak Scene' his skills still blazed...
  5. ^ Sheridan, Tim (April 1, 2005). "Dinosaur Jr.: Dinosaur Jr.: Reissues (Mergebinoa)". Paste. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Harvell, Jess (April 8, 2005). "Dinosaur Jr.: Dinosaur / You're Living All Over Me / Bug". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on June 19, 2007. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  7. ^ Teegarden, Lance (April 7, 2005). "Dinosaur Jr.: Bug". PopMatters. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  8. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  9. ^ Dale, Jon (August 2, 2005). "Dinosaur Jr.: Dinosaur / You're Living All Over Me / Bug". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "Dinosaur Jr.: Bug". Uncut: 118. [With] sonic sophistication...
  11. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.
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