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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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The Jesus Lizard

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Killer McHann
  3.   Thumper
  4.   Glamorous
  5.   Mouth Breather
  6.   Low Rider
  7.   Then Comes Dudley
  8.   Boilermaker
  9.   50 ¢
  10.   White Hole
  11.   Rabid Pigs
  12.   Happy Snakes
  13.   Din
  14.   Horse
  15.   Mailman
  16.   Zachariah
  17.   Perk
  18.   Rodeo in Joliet
  19.   Monkey Trick
  20.   Whirl
  21.   Deaf as a Bat
  22.   Rodeo in Juliet
  23.   If You Had Lips
  24.   Sunday You Need Love
  25.   7 Vs. 8
  26.   Chrome
  27.   Starlet
  28.   Blockbuster
  29.   Tight 'n Shiny
  30.   Good Thing
  31.   Waxeater
  32.   Pastoral
  33.   My Own Urine
  34.   S.D.B.J.
  35.   One Evening
  36.   Happy Bunny Goes Fluff-Fluff Along
  37.   Terremoto
  38.   Soft Damage
  39.   Until It Stopped to Die
  40.   Postcoital Glow
  41.   And Then the Rain
  42.   A Tale of Two Women
  43.   Eucalyptus
  44.   Horse Doctor Man
  45.   I Can Learn
  46.   Panic in Cicero
  47.   Needles for Teeth
  48.   Cold Water
  49.   The Associate
  50.   Queen For a Day
  51.   Countless Backs of Sad Losers
  52.   The Best Parts
  53.   American Bb
  54.   Destroy Before Reading
  55.   Now Then
  56.   Trephination
  57.   Seasick
  58.   Bloody Mary
  59.   Mistletoe
  60.   Nub
  61.   Elegy
  62.   Dancing Naked Ladies
  63.   Fly on the Wall
  64.   Puss
  65.   Gladiator
  66.   Wheelchair Epidemic
  67.   Lady Shoes
  68.   Pop Song
  69.   Karpis
  70.   South Mouth
  71.   The Art of Self-Defense
  72.   Slave Ship
  73.   Rope
  74.   Blue Shot
  75.   Thumbscrews
  76.   Pervertedly Slow
  77.   Churl
  78.   Inamorata
  79.   Skull of a German
  80.   More Beautiful Than Barbie
  81.   Good Riddance
  82.   Too Bad About the Fire
  83.   The Test
  84.   Anna
  85.   Uncommonly Good

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