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.

You're Living All Over Me
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 14, 1987
GenreIndie rock, noise rock, lo-fi
LabelSST (130)
ProducerWharton Tiers
Dinosaur Jr. chronology
You're Living All Over Me

A refinement of the formula introduced on the band's debut album Dinosaur, 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 he did with his own group Sebadoh, while the second 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
AllMusic     [4]
The Austin Chronicle     [5]
Entertainment WeeklyA[6]
Mojo     [7]
Paste     [8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide10/10[11]
Uncut     [12]
The Village VoiceB+[13]

The album was originally issued when the band was 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", which 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 number 31 in Spin's list of the 100 greatest albums from 1985 through to 2005.[15] Pitchfork placed the album at number 40 on its Top 100 Albums of the 1980s list.[16] Alternative Press ranked it number 5 on its Top 99 Albums of '85 to '95 list.[17][15] Beats per Minute ranked it number 17 on its Top 100 Albums of the 1980s list.[15] Acclaimed Music ranked it as the 429th-most acclaimed album of all time.[15] In 2011, Nick Attfield wrote a book about the album as part of Continuum's 33⅓ series.[18] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[19]

The album has also proven to be greatly influential, especially on the shoegazing genre. Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine has named the album, among others, as an influence for his band's seminal You Made Me Realise EP; the two bands would eventually tour together.[20][21] Several sources recognize the album's influence on Nirvana.[22]

The title of the song "Little Fury Bugs" from Death Cab for Cutie's 2000 album We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes is a reference to "Little Fury Things".[23]

Track listingEdit

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

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 Barlow3:11
9."Poledo"Lou Barlow5:43
Total length:36:08
Bonus tracks
10."Show Me the Way" (on the SST CD version)Peter Frampton3:45
11."Just Like Heaven" (on the 2005 Merge and Imperial reissues)Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Boris Williams, Lol Tolhurst2:53
12."Throw Down" (on the 2005 Imperial reissue) 0:49
13."In a Jar" (live; on the 2005 Imperial reissue)  


Dinosaur Jr.
Additional personnel
  • Wharton Tiers – production, engineering
  • Dave Pine – engineering
  • Maura Jasper – album cover artwork


  1. ^ "Rank Your Records: J Mascis Rates Dinosaur Jr. Albums from Bummer to Classic | NOISEY". Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  2. ^ "We Talked to Lou Barlow About Anxiety, Ukulele, and His New Solo Album 'Brace the Wave'". 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  3. ^ "Dinosaur Jr. Setlist at KOKO, London". Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  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 "Acclaimed Music - You're Living All Over Me". Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  16. ^ "The Top 100 Albums of the 1980s". Pitchfork. November 21, 2002. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  17. ^ " Press." Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  18. ^ Attfield, Nick (2011), You're Living All Over Me, Continuum Books, 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. ^ "The Quietus | Features | A Quietus Interview |". The Quietus. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  21. ^ Murphy, Tom (April 23, 2009). "My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields talks Loveless and the influence of bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr". Westword. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  22. ^ "50 Artists Who Inspired Kurt Cobain". Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  23. ^ "Death Cab For Cutie: "Indie Rock Is Dead"". Rock and Roll Globe. 2020-03-27. Retrieved 2020-06-23.

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