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Music: The Jesus Lizard
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 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 Rock Trio Rapeman alongside Steve Albini, who also produced every Jesus Lizard album until Down. Wm. Sims also made guest appearances on albums by Industrial Metal Supergroup Pigface and 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.


  • Pure (EP) (1989)
  • Head (1990)
  • Goat (1991)
  • Liar (1992)
  • Down (1994)
  • Shot (1996)
  • Blue (1998)

Live albums:
  • Show (1994)

Tropes associated with the band:

  • Alternative Rock
  • Creator Backlash: The band has openly admitted to hate the album Down. They claim that while the songs are good, Steve Albini's production made it sound like poop.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: 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.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: 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.
  • New Sound Album: Shot, released in 1996, was a significant departure from their classic, Albini-produced albums. Garth "GGGarth" Richardson's production was more mainstream oriented, which caused many fans to feel disappointed.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Pastoral", a beautiful ballad about a rotting corpse.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Yow.
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alternative title(s): The Jesus Lizard
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