Melody Maker, 12th December 1987
[yes this piece was done before they had to add the Jr at the end cos of threats from West Coast acid-rock veterans band of same name!]
Melody Maker, October 8th 1988
Murph: "And we yawn a lot"
Yawn a lot ?!?
"No - hang out a lot."
Just my imagination runnin' away with me. Mascis and Murph have
Murph (who's that rare thing, the intelligent, articulate
Dinosaur Jr songs are often about running away, but always as
Hell, J hasn't left home yet, let alone home town. "I've lived
You didn't form a rock'n'roll band in order to see the world?
Murph: "Maybe to get out of Amherst, you get so tired of seeing
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The critical consensus on Dinosaur Jr has focused on the idea
J: "Yeah, but if I wasn't motivated, then I wouldn't do
But you've talked before of having to wrench yourself out of
"I'd probably like to be able to watch TV all day, but I can't
Driven? (The idea of J. Mascis as a driven individual frankly
"I'm driven just to do something. Driven enough not to want to
Murph: "I'd say I was a driven, twisted individual."
Is playing music when you're at your most happy?
"No, I'm usually at my most psychotic then. Usually because of
What else do you flee boredom into, apart from the stress of
"Like J was saying, when I'm happy, I can be content just to
J: "Getting charged by a herd of cattle was pretty intense. We
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Let us imagine that for some fantastical kind of medical
"Not too good, I guess. I guess I'd have to come up with some
How repressive would things have to get before you took up
Murph: "It would have to get pretty bad. If Amherst enforced a
J: "That's like too bizarre and heavy a question for me, man."
Murph: "I think about stuff like that, actually."
What's a typical day like for J. Mascis?
J: "In the morning, I'm on the phone for hours. Phones are
From what I gather, American kids conduct their friendships
"Some people you can deal with on the phone better than in the
Murph: "I used to be really deeply into smoking pot, and a
What can you have to talk about, if you talk every day?
J: "If you talk to someone every day, you connect on a
What do you find the most aggravating part of existence?
Murph: "I find bodily functions really agitate me. Just having
So 'Astral Weeks' would put you in the right frame of mind to
Isn't cereal always an easy option for the hapless?
"No milk. I don't buy groceries. And when I do buy groceries,
Doesn't the fact of your eventual, inevitable death make you
J: "I wish...."
Murph: "I feel that a lot, but I can't muster up the energy to
J: "There really isn't much you can do that you don't already
You'll kick yourself on your death bed, for all the time
"Nah! I just think if I can do it, I'll do it. Like I flew
Was it worth it?
"I don't know. It cost me $500, and I happened to have the
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Have you ever considered going in for some "self-realisation"
J: "A lot of people I know are into shit like that. There's a
What makes you feel pride about yourself?
J: "That we got on a K-Tel record. This is true. They had a
No acts of extravagant kindness or good turns?
Murph: "That's the only thing that makes me truly happy -
And what's the most shameful thing you've done?
J: "Mine is ripping off this lady. I was mowing her lawn, and
I think you can probably forgive yourself for this heinous
"Nope. Can't do it."
Murph: "With me, there's just too many things. When I was into
When did you give up the demon weed?
"My parents forced me to quit. They were were over-worried
J: "I think I could maybe be a therapist. That's what I might
Murph: "I'd like to work as a psychologist with little, little