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

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