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

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