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

The Jesus Lizard was an American band considered part of the , and genres. Formed in 1987 in Austin, Texas, United States and based in Chicago, Illinois, United States from 1989 to 1999, the band took their name from a common nickname for the basilisk, a type of lizard that can run on water. The members of the band were: Duane Denison (guitars), David Yow (vocals), David Wm. Sims (bass guitar) and Mac McNeilly (drums). The Jesus Lizard reformed from 2008 to 2010, playing a number of shows the next year with their classic lineup. These shows included appearances at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, United States, and All Tomorrow’s Parties music festivals in United Kingdom and United States.

On October 6, 2009, all of the band’s Touch and Go studio albums were re-released with improved sound and bonus tracks. All the albums were remastered by Albini and Bob Weston and have new liner notes and gatefold artwork.

While never finding much mainstream success, The Jesus Lizard have been called “a leading noise rock band in the American independent underground … (who) turned out a series of independent records filled with scathing, disembowelling, guitar-driven pseudo-industrial , all of which received positive reviews in underground music publications and heavy college-radio play.”

David Yow (vocals) and David Wm. Sims (bass guitar) were both previously in Scratch Acid, from Austin, Texas, United States, whose sound and approach was similar to Jesus Lizard’s. It is possible to see The Jesus Lizard as a progression and semi-continuation of Scratch Acid and Scratch Acid’s records as essential listening for The Jesus Lizard fans.


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  • rwffl

    ppl tag godflesh as doom metal, so nothing really surprises me after all

    13 Apr 3:31pm 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
  • ChocolateStain


    27 Feb 10:51pm Reply
  • GoatUser

    Ah that makes sense, I agree with that sentiment. I would say the entire later half drags, after Puss, though.

    6 Feb 5:45am Reply
  • GoatUser

    One thing: " It'd be better than Goat if it didn't drag so bad in the middle." When does it drag?? Monkey Trick is one of the best tracks on the album (And the band in general if you ask me), Karpis also. I can sort of see why would someone think that of Seasick, but still.

    4 Feb 9:27pm Reply
  • Gwynbleiddsfang

    >self awareness

    25 Jan 11:21am Reply
  • Metal_Ganon

    >2014 >still ranking stuff >using meme arrows

    24 Jan 6:54pm Reply
  • Gwynbleiddsfang

    Also my rankingz: Goat > Head > Liar > Shot > Down > Pure > Lash > S/t EP >>>>> Blue - Shame they didn't go out from the studio with a bang but they made enough Goat (haha getit) albums and insane live performances so I don't care

    23 Jan 9:06pm Reply
  • Gwynbleiddsfang

    Blue is an absolute turd. Everything else is well worth listening to.

    23 Jan 2:27pm Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    Head is the best by a hair. They were never quite that sick again. Listen to it again and you'll see what I mean

    22 Jan 1:36pm Reply
  • CoryellsGhost

    Of the ones i've heard, it goes Goat>Liar>Head/Pure>>>>>>>>>Down. Stellar fucking band either way though.

    20 Jan 1:21am Reply
  • Nate999

    What is it about Shot you guys aren't fond of? Just curious. Mailman is an awesome track.

    18 Jan 5:57pm Reply
  • Ireallylikeeggs

    But really I look at it this way; Goat is a better album to listen straight though, but Liar has better individual songs. It'd be better than Goat if it didn't drag so bad in the middle.

    16 Jan 5:02am Reply
  • Ireallylikeeggs

    Holy shit Burial Fog is like dead accurate

    16 Jan 4:59am Reply
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