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The Jesus Lizard

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Austin, Texas, United States (1987 – 1999, 2008 – 2010, 2013 – present)

The Jesus Lizard is an American band formed in 1987 in Austin, Texas, United States. They are “a leading band in the American independent underground…(who) 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.”

After a brief run as a recording-only project based in Austin, founding vocalist David Yow, bassist David Wm. Sims and guitarist Duane Denison relocated to Chicago, Illinois in 1989, finding kindred spirits in recording engineer Steve Albini and the Touch and Go Records imprint. With the addition of drummer Mac McNeilly, they began operating as a live band, expanding their following beyond Chicago’s alternative scene into an international audience. Drummer Jim Kimball replaced McNeilly late in 1996, and was himself replaced by Brendan Murphy two years later.

Despite releasing a split single with leading alt-rockers Nirvana and signing to Capitol Records, the band failed to find commercial success amid the explosion of the 1990s, and disbanded in 1999. Their reunion from 2008 to 2010 and following tour enjoyed positive responses from audiences and critics.

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  • HistoryOvHell

    grunge is definitely the most misleading thing to call them out of any of the labels people throw at them though [2]

    30 Sep 4:50pm Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    grunge is definitely the most misleading thing to call them out of any of the labels people throw at them though

    6 Sep 3:24am Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    Their genre is The Jesus Lizard

    6 Sep 3:24am Reply
  • PattyPierce

    omg this is phenomenal

    4 Sep 4:21am Reply
  • elo4k

    это же лучшая группа в мире.

    14 Aug 1:37pm Reply
  • GoatUser

    Post-Hardcore would be a good replacement for Grunge, and alternative rock instead of alternative. Also, why do more people tag them with Chicago? They're from Texas.

    24 Jul 11:07pm Reply
  • doctorjmo

    marty loves these guys!!

    25 Jun 6:49pm Reply
  • vividserenity

    I see all these people criticize about using the term "grunge" yet no one can come to a universal agreement on what TO use instead. Grunge is more specific of a sound than "alternative". Therefore, I'll just keep using and saying grunge. @horsiest - marketing concepts like this are helpful for music fans who want to find more music that sounds similar. It's useful.

    20 Jun 11:27pm Reply
  • kitchen_knife

    is it not elite enough for you

    19 Jun 4:22pm Reply
  • MorbidParoxysm

    That "grunge" tag is disgraceful. [4]

    22 May 10:34pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    That "grunge" tag is disgraceful. [3]

    16 May 10:31pm Reply
  • horsiest

    "Grunge" is a marketing concept devised by Sub Pop Records. "Noise rock" is a marketing concept devised by Amphetamine Reptile Records. Hth

    3 May 4:12pm Reply
  • GoatUser

    I can't even wrap my head around how underrated all of these guys are as musicians

    2 May 1:57pm Reply
  • GoatUser

    Slave Ship, alone, by itself, is heavier and more intimidating than most metal bands

    31 Mar 7:12am Reply
  • VasTell

    That "grunge" tag is disgraceful. [2]

    30 Mar 7:16pm Reply
  • GoatUser

    making a split with nirvana = grunge i mean it's just logical like how swimming makes you a fish

    27 Mar 10:49pm Reply
  • WS9167

    That "grunge" tag is disgraceful.

    23 Mar 8:09pm Reply
  • GoatUser

    Puss is one of their best songs in my mind.

    3 Mar 6:24am Reply
  • Ireallylikeeggs

    It helps that Boilermaker is a fucking perfect opening song and Dancing Naked Ladies really ends the album on a dark weird note.

    2 Mar 7:18am Reply
  • Ireallylikeeggs

    I just kinda think Whirl and Rope and whatever the other one is just aren't as interesting as Boilermaker/Gladiator and Zachariah/Dancing Naked Ladies.

    2 Mar 7:17am Reply
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