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

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