What is the soundtrack to your youth? For some very hip folks in their 30s, 40s and 50s, that soundtrack would have to include Dinosaur Jr. The band has been at it in one form or another since 1984, releasing their debut — a mish-mash of punk, heavy-metal and C&W — under the name Dinosaur in 1985.
Back then it was J Mascis on guitar, Lou Barlow on bass and Murph on drums. Just like the rest us, that line-up would go through some changes over the years, but would circle back to its original line-up in 2006 and pretty much stay that way right up to the band’s latest, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (2016, Jagjaguwar). In between, the band released seminal albums like 1987’s You’re Living All Over Me, 1991’s Green Mind, 1993’s Where You Been and 2007’s Beyond, keeping that soundtrack going for the next generation (and the generation after that).
We caught up with Dinosaur Jr. drummer Murph and asked him to take our Ten Questions survey.
1. What is your favorite album?
Murph: Jimi Hendrix’s Axis Bold as Love
2. What is your least favorite song?
Wham’s, “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”
3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
Performing live on stage is the best thing about being in a band.
4. What do you hate about being in a band?
Constant compromise, hardest thing about being in a band.
5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?
6. In what city or town do you love to perform?
7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?
Worst gig was in Pawtucket RI, sketchy vibe, and horrible sound.
8. Are you able to support yourself through your music? If so, how long did it take to get there; if not, how do you pay your bills?
I haven’t always been able to support myself through my music and it has taken a long time. I’ve supplemented my income with drum lessons and odd jobs.
9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?
Profession I’d like to try is teacher or therapist, and worst profession would be being a cop.
10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?
Omaha Nebraska, “where’s the Beef”! My mother always used to order Omaha steaks at Christmas time.
Dinosaur Jr. plays with Easy Action Saturday, March 18 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Tickets are $22 Adv./$25 DOS. Showtime is 9 p.m. For more information, go to onepercentproductions.com