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]


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.[3]

NME published a rave review of You're Living All Over Me upon the album's 1987 release, with the magazine's Jack Barron declaring it "the most agape rock music to have come out of America this year" and calling the band "the missing link between Hüsker Dü and REM".[4] Critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "B+" grade in The Village Voice and wrote, "All these growing malcontents want is a little structure and meaning in their lives. Is that so much to ask?"[5]


Retrospective professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [6]
Entertainment WeeklyA[7]
Mojo     [8]
Paste     [9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [12]
Spin Alternative Record Guide10/10[13]
Stylus MagazineA−[14]
Uncut     [15]

The album is considered a classic of indie and alternative rock. In 1995, it was ranked fifth on Alternative Press magazine's "Top 99 Albums of '85 to '95" list.[16][17] In 2005, it was placed at number 31 on Spin's list of the 100 greatest albums from 1985 through to 2005.[17] Pitchfork included You're Living All Over Me at number 40 on its 2002 list of the best albums of the 1980s,[18] and at number 46 on a new edition of the list published in 2018.[19] Beats Per Minute listed the record as the 17th-best album of the 1980s.[17] Acclaimed Music ranked You're Living All Over Me as the 429th-most acclaimed album of all time.[17] It was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[20]

You're Living All Over Me has also proven to be greatly influential, especially on the shoegaze genre. Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine has named the album, among others, as an influence on his band's seminal You Made Me Realise EP; the two bands would eventually tour together.[21][22] Several sources recognize the album's influence on Nirvana.[23] 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".[24]

In 2005, You're Living All Over Me was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series.[25]

In 2011, Nick Attfield wrote a book about the album as part of Continuum's 33⅓ series.[26]

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


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  16. ^ " Press." Retrieved May 1, 2020.
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  19. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 1980s". Pitchfork. September 10, 2018. p. 8. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  20. ^ 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.
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  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ "50 Artists Who Inspired Kurt Cobain". Retrieved May 1, 2020.
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  25. ^ "Dinosaur Jr. Setlist at KOKO, London". Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  26. ^ Attfield, Nick (2011), You're Living All Over Me, Continuum Books, ISBN 978-1-4411-8778-9

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