Thursday 4 May 2023

Freak Scene

Trust Me #53 - Freakscene by Dinosaur Jr

Freak Scene was my introduction to Dinosaur Jr. This was probably back in 1992 and very probably through my  my friend Grant Mitchell who used to make me some super cool mixtapes. Grant was so on it with Americian independent guitar music. Freak Scene led me to buy the bands Fossils compilation on CD from Missing Records and I've followed the band ever since.

Freak Scene was originally released in 1988, as a single and on Bug, the bands 3rd album. J Mascis' guitar sounds absolutely captivated me. In Freak Scene he has a couple of Townsend windmill moments after the first verse (that contains the memorable line the weirdness flows between us), then there is a heavy chugging riff before J breaks out of it with a super clean jangle sound, before going back to the heavy chug.

As the second verse begins (the first repeated again) there is an acoustic, J's vocal is pretty hushed but then things explode after 90-seconds as Mascis sings;

So fucked I can't believe it

If there's a way I wish we'd see it

How it could work, just can't conceive it

Oh what a mess, is just to leave it

Mascis then shreds his guitar gloriously, creating a truly beautiful noise. Then it cuts as he brilliantly rhymes thrill you, kill you, will you, still you - utter genius. Super cool and outstanding use of swearing.

Sometimes I don't thrill you

Sometimes I think I'll kill you

Just don't let me fuck up will you

'cause when I need a friend it's still you

Dinosaur Jr then make the last 60-seconds sound like being in an indie punk guitar band is the most fun thing you could ever do with your life. In fact they do that throughout the song! But they really hammer it in the last minute! They sound so fucking cool, fun, fresh and vital.

Verse, guitars, repeat verse in a different way, chorus?, guitar solo, verse, another guitar solo.

Long live J Mascis!

Original video

Trailer for Freakscene - The Story Of Dinosaur Jr

A list of all previous songs I've blogged about in my Trust Me feature are listed below, along with links to each blog. Freak Scene joins them.

I've also collated them all into a playlist on Spotify that you can find by searching for Everything Flows - Trust Me , or you can CLICK HERE

Previous Trust Me blogs

1. Something On Your Mind by Karen Dalton
1A. Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells
2. I Am, I Said  by Neil Diamond
3. Where's The Playground Susie?   by Glen Campbell
4. If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lighfoot
5. Gimme Some Truth by John Lennon
6. Gone With The Wind Is My Love by Rita and the Tiaras
7. In The Year 2525 by Zager and Evans
8. The Music Box by Ruth Copeland
9. The Ship Song by Nick Cave
10. Sometimes by James
11. I Walk The Earth by King Biscuit Time
12. Didn't Know What I Was In For by Better Oblivion Community Centre
13. When My Boy Walks Down The Street by The Magnetic Fields
14. The Man Don't Give A F**k by Super Furry Animals
15. All Flowers In Time Bend Towards The Sun by Jeff Buckley and Liz Fraser
16. Are You Lookin' by The Tymes
17. A Real Hero by College & Electric Youth
18. Feelings Gone by Callum Easter
19. Sunday Morning by The Velvet Underground
20. Did I Say by Teenage Fanclub
21. Don't Look Back by Teenage Fanclub
23. Belfast by Orbital
24. Clouds by The Jayhawks
25. Dreaming Of You by The Coral
26. Everlasting Love by Love Affair
27. Walk Away Renee by The Left Banke
28. Teenage Kicks by The Undertones
29. Shaky Ground by Sneeze
29. Rill Rill by Sleigh Bells
30. I Can Feel Your Love by Felice Taylor
31. The State We're In by The Chemical Brothers w/ Beth Orton
32. Sunshine After The Rain by Ellie Greenwich
33. Losing My Edge by LCD Soundsystem
34. Mondo 77 by Looper
35. Les Fleurs by Minnie Riperton
36. Rat Trap by The Boomtown Rats
37. How High by The Charlatans
38. I Can't Let Go by Evie Sands
39. Pop Song 89 by R.E.M.
40. Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective
41. There She Goes by The Las
42. We're Going To Be Friends by White Stripes
43. Autumn Sweater by Yo La Tengo
44. Sister Rena by Lomond Campbell
45. Revolution by The Beatles
46. Lazarus by The Boo Radleys
47. Wrote For Luck by Happy Mondays
48. American Trilogy by The Delgados
49. Loser by Beck 
50. Silent Sigh by Badly Drawn Boy
51. Comedy by Shack
52. Take The Skinheads Bowling by Camper Van Beethoven

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