The Jesus Lizard were a Chicago-based rock band formed in 1987, characterized by David Wm. Sims' and Mac [=McNeilly=]'s tight rhythm section, Duane Dennison's screechy guitars, and the zany antics of the [[MetalScream appropriately named]] vocalist David Yow. They achieved cult status among the 90's underground rock scene, and at times even flirted with mainstream success, but due to their somewhat challenging and noisy style, they never managed to break through.

Yow and Wm. Sims were previously members of Scratch Acid along with Rey Washam, while Washam and Wm. Sims formed the RockTrio Rapeman alongside Music/SteveAlbini, who also produced every Jesus Lizard album until ''Down''. Wm. Sims also made guest appearances on albums by IndustrialMetal {{Supergroup}} Pigface and Music/{{Sparklehorse}}.

After breaking up in 1999, the band remained popular and respected in the indie rock community, and in 2008 decided to reunite and go on a highly successful tour that ended in 2009. According to the band, this was probably the last time they'd ever play together.
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!!Discography:
* ''Pure (EP)'' (1989)
* ''Head'' (1990)
* ''Goat'' (1991)
* ''Liar'' (1992)
* ''Down'' (1994)
* ''Shot'' (1996)
* ''Blue'' (1998)

Live albums:
* ''Show'' (1994)
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!!Tropes associated with the band:
* AlternativeRock
* CreatorBacklash: The band has openly admitted to hate the album ''Down''. They claim that while the songs are good, Music/SteveAlbini's production made it sound like poop.
* IndecipherableLyrics: Good luck trying to figure out what the hell Yow is trying to say in most songs. Even the lyrics sheets seem to be inaccurate at times.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Note how every album has a one word, four letter title. There's even a forthcoming official coffee-table book about the band called... ''Book''.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Shot'', released in 1996, was a significant departure from their classic, Albini-produced albums. [[Music/RageAgainstTheMachine Garth]] "[=GGGarth=]" [[Music/{{L7}} Richardson]]'s production was more mainstream oriented, which caused many fans to feel disappointed.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Pastoral", a beautiful ballad about a rotting corpse.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Yow.