You're Living All Over Me

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You're Living All Over Me
Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me.jpg
Studio album by
Released December 14, 1987
Recorded 1987
Genre indie rock, noise rock, lo-fi
Length 36:08
Label SST (130)
Producer Wharton Tiers
Dinosaur Jr. chronology
You're Living All Over Me

You're Living All Over Me is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr.. It was released on December 14, 1987, through SST Records.

A refinement of the formula introduced on their debut, You're Living All Over Me features drawling vocals paired with loud guitars and driving rhythms. The album was well-reviewed upon release, and is now regarded as a high point of American rock in the 1980s.


The album's title was long rumored to have been a phrase uttered by singer/guitarist J Mascis in frustration at the cramped conditions of a lengthy tour. However, Mascis has denied this story.[1]

"Poledo" is different from the rest of the album in that the first half is a low fidelity recording of Lou Barlow singing and playing ukulele, much like his own group Sebadoh, while the other half is a collection of sound collages and abstract noise pieces.[2]

In 2005 the album was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[4]
The Austin Chronicle 4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly A[6]
Mojo 5/5 stars[7]
Paste 4.5/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork 9.1/10[9]
PopMatters 8/10[10]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 10/10[11]
Uncut 5/5 stars[12]
The Village Voice B+[13]

The album was originally issued when the band were still known as Dinosaur, before a lawsuit forced the name change to Dinosaur Jr. The album was recalled by SST a few months after release, and new copies were printed crediting the band as Dinosaur Jr. The band made a music video for the song "Little Fury Things" that was directed by Jim Spring and Jens Jurgensen.[14]


The album is considered a classic of indie and alternative rock. In 2005, it was ranked 31 in Spin's list of the 100 greatest albums from 1985 through to 2005[15] Pitchfork Media placed the album at number 40 in their list of "Top 100 Albums of the 1980s." [16] Alternative Press ranked it number 5 on their list of 'Top 99 Albums of '85 to '95'.[17][15] Beats per Minute ranked it number 17 on their list of 'The Top 100 Albums of the 1980s'.[15] Acclaimed Music finds it to be the 429th most acclaimed album of all time.[15] In 2011, the album was canonized as a classic in the history of rock music by the appearance of a book dedicated to it in Continuum's 33⅓ series, written by Nick Attfield.[18] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[19]

The album has also proved to be massively influential, especially on the then-nascent shoegazing genre. Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine has named the album, among others, as an influence on their seminal You Made Me Realise EP; the two bands would eventually end up touring together.[20][21] Several sources even recognize the album's influence on Nirvana.[22]

Track listing

All tracks are written by J Mascis, except as noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Little Fury Things"   3:06
2. "Kracked"   2:50
3. "Sludgefeast"   5:17
4. "The Lung"   3:51
5. "Raisans"   3:50
6. "Tarpit"   4:36
7. "In a Jar"   3:28
8. "Lose" Lou Barlow 3:11
9. "Poledo" Barlow 5:43
Total length: 36:08
Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "Show Me the Way" (on the SST CD version) Peter Frampton 3:45
11. "Just Like Heaven" (on the 2005 Merge and Imperial reissues) Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Boris Williams, Lol Tolhurst 2:53
12. "Throw Down" (on the 2005 Imperial reissue)   0:49
13. "In a Jar" (live; on the 2005 Imperial reissue)    


Dinosaur Jr.
  • J Mascis – guitar, percussion, lead vocals
  • Lou Barlow – bass guitar, ukulele, backing vocals, tape, lead vocals on "Lose" and "Poledo"
  • Murph – drums
Additional personnel
  • Lee Ranaldo – backing vocals on "Little Fury Things"
  • Wharton Tiers – production, engineering
  • Dave Pine – engineering
  • Maura Jasper – album cover artwork


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  2. ^ "We Talked to Lou Barlow About Anxiety, Ukulele, and His New Solo Album 'Brace the Wave'". 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
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  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "You're Living All Over Me – Dinosaur Jr". AllMusic. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  5. ^ Schroeder, Audra (March 27, 2005). "Bug, Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  6. ^ Sinclair, Tom (April 11, 2005). "EW reviews the latest album reissues". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "Dinosaur Jr.: You're Living All Over Me". Mojo: 108. 2005. The songs are concise and the dynamic switches audacious, while the sequencing offers no mercy.
  8. ^ Sheridan, Tim (April 1, 2005). "Dinosaur Jr.: Dinosaur Jr.: Reissues (Mergebinoa)". Paste. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  9. ^ Harvell, Jess (April 7, 2005). "Dinosaur Jr.: Dinosaur / You're Living All Over Me / Bug". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  10. ^ Labrack, Jill (May 19, 2005). "Dinosaur Jr.: You're Living All Over Me". PopMatters. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  11. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  12. ^ "Dinosaur Jr.: You're Living All Over Me". Uncut: 118. 2005. [A]n era defining dance between vagueness and raw power.
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 12, 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  14. ^ "Dinosaur Jr - Little Fury Things". 2013-02-06. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  15. ^ a b c d "You're Living All Over Me".
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Top 99 Of '85 to '95".
  18. ^ Attfield, Nick, Dinosaur Jr's You're Living All Over Me. Continuum: 33 1/3 no. 82. ISBN 978-1-4411-8778-9.
  19. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  20. ^ ""Not Doing Things Is Soul Destroying" - Kevin Shields Of MBV Interviewed".
  21. ^ "My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields talks Loveless and the influence of bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr".
  22. ^ "50 Artists Who Inspired Kurt Cobain".

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