Fossils (album)

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Compilation album by
Released August 1991
Genre Indie rock
Length 22:24
Label SST
Dinosaur Jr. chronology
Green Mind
Where You Been

Fossils is a compilation album by indie rock band Dinosaur Jr., released in August 1991 on SST Records. It contains three 7" singles the band had previously released on SST, including a version of the song 'Keep The Glove' which is different to the version on the reissue of 'Bug', as well as three covers.[1] A deluxe 5"x7" edition, along with an accompanying book box set, was released on Record Store Day 2014.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 9/10[6]

Track listing

All tracks are written by J. Mascis except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Little Fury Things"   3:05
2. "In a Jar"   3:26
3. "Show Me the Way" Peter Frampton 3:45
4. "Freak Scene"   3:35
5. "Keep the Glove"   2:47
6. "Just Like Heaven" Simon Gallup, Robert Smith, Porl Thompson, Laurence Tolhurst, Boris Williams 2:52
7. "Throw Down"   0:45
8. "Chunks" Jack Kelly, Tony Perez (both of Last Rights) 2:09


  • Lee Ranaldo – backing vocals on "Little Fury Things"
  • Murph – drums
  • Lou Barlow – bass, ukulele, vocals
  • J. Mascis – guitar, vocals


  1. ^ Earles, Andrew (2014). Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981–1996. Voyageur Press. pp. 86–7.
  2. ^ "Record Store Day 2014: The Massive List of Exclusives- Page 1 of 3". Exclaim!. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Fossils Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. p. 82.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011-05-27). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. p. 687. ISBN 9780857125958.
  6. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0679755748.
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