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

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