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The Jesus Lizard

Willfully abrasive and atonal, the Jesus Lizard emerged in the early '90s as a leading noise rock band in the American independent underground. During the first part of the decade, the band turned out a series of independent records filled with scathing, disembowelling, guitar-driven pseudo-industrial noise, all of which received positive reviews in underground music publications and heavy college-radio play. By the mid-'90s, the group's following had grown large enough to convince a major label, Capitol Records, to sign the band. The Jesus Lizard was formed by Duane Denison (guitar), David Yow (vocals), and David Sims (bass), the latter two being former members of the Austin-based post-hardcore noise group Scratch Acid. After Scratch Acid disbanded, Sims joined Rapeman, an abrasive indie rock group led by Steve Albini. The recording and performing schedule of Rapeman was rather erratic, so Sims formed the Jesus Lizard with Yow and Denison in 1987. Originally, the group performed with a drum machine, much like Albini's previous band, Big Black. Albini produced the group's debut EP, Pure, which was released on Touch & Go in 1989; the producer would work on every Jesus Lizard release on Touch & Go. The Jesus Lizard added a human drummer, Mac McNeilly, in late 1989 and he appeared on the band's first full-length album, 1990's Head. The following year, the group released its second album, Goat, which received positive reviews from mainstream music publications such as Spin. By the time of the release of Goat, the band had cultivated a large cult following among the American indie rock underground, based on both their records and their notoriously reckless, occasionally violent and vulgar, live performances. In 1992, the Jesus Lizard released a split single with Nirvana ("Puss" [Jesus Lizard]/"Oh the Guilt" [Nirvana]), who had just broken into the rock & roll mainstream with their second album, Nevermind. That same year, the band released its third album, Liar. In 1993, the group was relatively quiet, releasing only the "Lash" single. Early in 1994, the Jesus Lizard released a one-shot album on Giant Records called Show, their first appearance on a major label. The fact that the Jesus Lizard released a record on a major label caused tension between the band and their longtime producer, Steve Albini, who was notorious for his indie-centric beliefs. Although he produced Down, the group's final Touch & Go album, he severed ties with the band by the time the record was released in the fall of 1994. In 1995, the Jesus Lizard signed with Capitol Records and the band toured with Lollapalooza 1995. At one of the shows on the tour, David Yow was arrested for exposing himself on-stage. Later in 1995, the group recorded their major-label debut. The resulting album, Shot, was released on Capitol in the spring of 1996. Blue followed in 1998; in mid-1999, the Jesus Lizard disbanded. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1.   Song
  2.   Killer McHann
  3.   Thumper
  4.   Glamorous
  5.   Mouth Breather
  6.   The Art of Self-Defense
  7.   Nub
  8.   Monkey Trick
  9.   Deaf as a Bat
  10.   The Test
  11.   Needles for Teeth
  12.   Destroy Before Reading
  13.   Skull of a German
  14.   Zachariah
  15.   Perk
  16.   Rope
  17.   Slave Ship
  18.   Rodeo in Joliet
  19.   Karpis
  20.   Then Comes Dudley
  21.   Pop Song
  22.   Lady Shoes
  23.   Gladiator
  24.   Puss
  25.   Fly on the Wall
  26.   Rodeo in Juliet
  27.   Boilermaker
  28.   Waxeater
  29.   Seasick
  30.   50 ¢
  31.   If You Had Lips
  32.   White Hole
  33.   Sunday You Need Love
  34.   7 Vs. 8
  35.   Chrome
  36.   Starlet
  37.   Rabid Pigs
  38.   Blockbuster
  39.   Tight 'n Shiny
  40.   Good Thing
  41.   Pastoral
  42.   My Own Urine
  43.   S.D.B.J.
  44.   One Evening
  45.   Happy Bunny Goes Fluff-Fluff Along
  46.   Terremoto
  47.   Happy Snakes
  48.   Soft Damage
  49.   Until It Stopped to Die
  50.   Postcoital Glow
  51.   And Then the Rain
  52.   A Tale of Two Women
  53.   Eucalyptus
  54.   Horse Doctor Man
  55.   I Can Learn
  56.   Panic in Cicero
  57.   Cold Water
  58.   The Associate
  59.   Queen For a Day
  60.   Countless Backs of Sad Losers
  61.   The Best Parts
  62.   Din
  63.   Horse
  64.   American Bb
  65.   Low Rider
  66.   Now Then
  67.   Churl
  68.   Trephination
  69.   Mailman
  70.   Bloody Mary
  71.   Mistletoe
  72.   Elegy
  73.   Dancing Naked Ladies
  74.   Wheelchair Epidemic
  75.   South Mouth
  76.   Whirl
  77.   Blue Shot
  78.   Thumbscrews
  79.   Inamorata
  80.   More Beautiful Than Barbie
  81.   Too Bad About the Fire
  82.   Pervertedly Slow
  83.   Good Riddance
  84.   Anna
  85.   Uncommonly Good

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