Start Choppin

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"Start Choppin"
Single by Dinosaur Jr
from the album Where You Been
Format 12" vinyl
Recorded 1992
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock [1]
Length 5:39
Label Blanco Y Negro[2]
Writer(s) J Mascis[2]
Dinosaur Jr singles chronology
"Get Me"
"Start Choppin"
"Out There"

"Start Choppin" is a song by Dinosaur Jr. written by J Mascis and taken from their fifth album Where You Been.[3] It was released through Blanco Y Negro in Europe and as a promo by Warner Brothers in the US.[4][5]


It made number 20 on the UK Singles Chart[6] and number 3 on the Modern Rock Tracks.[7] The song was described by the All Music Guide as having a "quick, catchy lead riff," and being "as close to a radio hit as the band ever had."[8][page needed] CMJ magazine referred J Mascis' as a "guitar god" through his work with this song.[9] Sputnik Music had referred to Mascis' vocals as possibly "off-putting at first, but it really grows with time." [3] Spin described the song as having a 'sparkly stutter-strum intro, grindy-swirly solo freak-out' and the lyrical content as 'another J Mascis paean to self-denial as a source of pride'.[10] It was backed by the song "Turnip Farm", co-written by Kurt Fedora.

Track list[edit]

Below is the track list for both sides of the single.[11]

Side A

  1. "Start Choppin" (J. Mascis) – 5:39

Side B

  1. "Turnip Farm" (Mascis, Kurt Fedora) – 5:49
  2. "Forget It" (Mascis) – 4:04


  1. ^ Ragget, Ned. "Where You Been". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Back cover". Start Choppin (12" Vinyl). Dinosaur Jr. United Kingdom: Spam as the Bread Music. 1992. 
  3. ^ a b "Dinosaur Jr. - Where You Been (album review )". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dinosaur Jr* - Start Choppin (UK)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Dinosaur Jr* - Start Choppin (US release)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  6. ^ "Start Choppin". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dinosaur Jr. - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2001). All Music Guide: The Definitive Guide to Popular Music. Backbeat Books. 
  9. ^ "CMJ New Music Report". 5 January 2004: 33. 
  10. ^ LLC, SPIN Media (1993-06-01). SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. 
  11. ^ "Vinyl sticker". Start Choppin (12" Vinyl). Dinosaur Jr. United Kingdom: Spam as the Bread Music. 1992.