Dinosaur Jr: Seventytwohundredseconds of glorious discharge teetering on the brink of chaos

What the world needs now is a vinyl-only release of rare 1993 live MTV set from gr**ge pioneers Dinosaur Jr

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Performed live for MTV’s 120 Minutes shortly after the release of Where You Been, the vinyl-only Seventytwohundredseconds (in reality, 26 minutes) comprises five tracks: one deep cut from each of the first five Dinosaur Jr albums. 

What seems a niche completist release also serves as a curio from a time when a three-legged collie with emphysema could have been invited onto MTV providing it coaxed au courant Sabbath-inspired down-tempo distortion from a cheap guitar. 

No wheezing crippled sheepdogs, Dinosaur Jr discharge their live set gloriously while, as ever, seemingly teetering on the brink of chaos. The languorous squalling of Severed Lips leads into an intense Budge, and as-sunny-as-it-gets Get Me is issued into a silent void absent of audience acclaim. Side 2 is made up of a joyfully reckless Thumb and a soulful Raisans.

Despite already having been round the block and witnessed the sorry state of the neighbourhood, Dinosaur Jr were assimilated into the early90s alternative rock sub-genre That Must Not Be Named. 

But J Mascis and co. were a crucial influence rather than equals to the likes of celebrated Sub Pop triumvirate Nirvana, Mudhoney and Tad. As with the latter two, Dinosaur Jr eschewed the era’s commercial clamour. As a result, their legacy remains all the more intact.

Alex Burrows

A regular contributor to Louder/Classic Rock and The Quietus, Burrows began his career in 1979 with a joke published in Whizzer & Chips. In the early 1990s he self-published a punk/comics zine, then later worked for Cycling Plus, Redline, MXUK, MP3, Computer Music, Metal Hammer and Classic Rock magazines. He co-wrote Anarchy In the UK: The Stories Behind the Anthems of Punk with the late, great Steven Wells and adapted gothic era literature into graphic novels. He also had a joke published in Viz. He currently works in creative solutions, lives in rural Oxfordshire and plays the drums badly.