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

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