When I first heard “Freak Scene” in 1988, I was absolutely floored. This was the dense guitar-driven post-punk to which I’d been listening since Mission of Burma through Husker Du, and now it had been taken to the next level. The Bug album essentially defines the genre, and stand as the epitome of the music that would later be co-opted by the media, and mass-marketed as watered down “grunge”.
In 1989, I did manage to see them live, and my ears are still ringing:
The original lineup of the great Dinosaur Jr. would only last through Bug, as bassist Lou Barlow quit in 1989. Ultimately the band did last into the mid-90’s, and then faded from consciousness, only to be reborn with the 2005 reunion. On June 6, 2007, I experienced another blast of sonic genius at Irving Plaza. The recording below captures the 2007 version of Dinosaur Jr. at their peak—older, wiser, and a tighter than the 1989 incarnation.
This recording was made from a prime location, with my best equipment. The results are outstanding. The band permits live audience recordings, and as a result, many of their live recordings are archived for our enjoyment at the excellent site FreeSoFree.
This recording is now available at the excellent FreeSoFree Dinosaur Jr. Archive [HERE].
New York, NY USA
Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Front of Board
Dead Center approximately 40 feet from the stage
Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack
[total time 1:12:50]
1 Almost Ready
3 Back To Your Heart
4 Been There All The Time
5 Little Fury Things
6 Out There
7 This Is All I Came To Do
8 Feel The Pain
9 Pick Me Up
10 What If I Knew
13 Encore Break
14 Forget the Swan
15 Freak Scene
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