Fossils (album)

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Compilation album by Dinosaur Jr.
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, 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)[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 9/10[6]

Track listing

All tracks 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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