Like their fellow Bostonians - the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr. took a blueprint that they then perfected on their 2nd and 3rd releases - their really special ones imo. All their work is at least pretty good but they really peaked early because like the Pixies they were so conceptual in design - Dinosaur Jr. songs followed 2 patterns - they were either furious Punk freakouts or slow turgid emotionally wrenching gut checks.
This song - the great opener of album #2 - is the closest they got to melding the two sides of themselves - the song is almost in slow motion and listening to it you might as well be running in quicksand. The tempo is slow, layered with fuzzed out guitar and the noise gets louder and more uncomfortably dissonant and faster - it's an uptempo (for them) downer.
It was the 80s answer to pulling the blankets over your head and staying in bed......
One of the late 80s bands - and there were a lot - who decided that since The Replacements were changing and Husker Du broke up they'd be the "new" Replacements/Husker Du - they weren't but they were a good band on this debut .........they came off though as closer to Soul Asylum who of course had been deciding they were the new Replacements/Husker Du way before The Buck Pets came along.
February 27, 2017 at 12:06 : distain (pupdurcs) posted on Gold Derby:
Some songs are great and suck simultaneously. REM cut this song in '85 when they started to slip to maybe the 3rd best US band - it's sweet, but it's wussy dumb too - it is so constructed and affected it seems alien and fake, how they "believe" in humanity or some bullsh*t when hungrier and smarter bands would just write what they felt ...........and maybe kick their teeth in.
The banjo at the start is maybe the best part - an Uncle Tupelo influencer.