This has long been my favorite Homestead 7-inch, which I think says something when you consider all the great 45's that came out on Homestead back in the mid-to-late 80's (most of which I've posted here already): Big Black, Squirrel Bait, Honor Role, Phantom Tollbooth, Volcano Suns, and so forth. If you were anything like me-- a hardcore punk kid, raised on 70's metal, who had openly admired his dad's Neil Young and Crazy Horse albums and was beginning to see the end of hardcore's reign as the underground's great white art hope-- the emergence of a band like Dinosaur was a flippin' godsend.
I saw Dinosaur's original line-up a bunch of times (even before the Jr. was added), including one show at Wesleyan's Eclectic House that was cut short when the fire alarm went off during Dinosaur's set, only it took them finishing the song they were playing before anyone could hear the alarm-- that's how punishingly loud they were. The strangest Dinosaur show I ever saw, though, was at the Night Shift Cafe in Naugatuck, which must've been around '88 or so. Lou and J. got into a fight onstage and actually started hitting each other, including one of them (I forget now if it was Lou or J.) swinging his guitar, still strapped around his neck, at the other one like a baseball bat. The two pictures you see below (scanned from an old issue of Brushback) are from that show, although I stopped taking pictures once the fight broke out; it was so uncomfortable that I put my camera down, not wanting to turn anyone's meltdown into a National Enquirer moment. There's been times since then when I've kinda wished I had gone ahead and taken a photo or two, though.
Supposedly the on-stage fight was mentioned in the book Our Band Could Be Your Life; unfortunately, when I flipped through the book trying to find it, the writing was so boring that I had to stop reading after a couple of pages.
(this file is now listen-only)