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

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