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the Jesus Lizard
the Jesus Lizard: (L-R) David Yow, Duane Denison, Mac McNeilly, David Wm. Sims
David Yow, Duane Denison, Mac McNeilly, and David Wm. Sims
Country Chicago, Illinois, USA
Genres Noise rock
Post Punk
alternative Rock record_label = Touch and Go
Capitol Records
Members David Yow
David Wm. Sims
Duane Denison
Mac McNeilly

The Jesus Lizard was a rock music group formed in 1989 in Chicago, Illinois. After the breakup of Scratch Acid, singer David Yow relocated to Chicago where he met guitarist Duane Denison. Finding his abilities on bass guitar lacking, David Yow recruited ex-Scratch Acid bassist David Wm. Sims for a new project. The trio called themselves The Jesus Lizard; using a drum machine for their earliest recordings and performances, before adding drummer Mac McNeilly after recording their first EP Pure. Image File history File linksMetadata ThejesuslizardTG.jpg Summary the Jesus Lizard: (L-R) David Yow, Duane Denison, Mac McNeilly, David Wm. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Post-punk was a popular musical movement beginning at the end of the 1970s, following on the heels of the initial punk rock explosion of the mid 1970s. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music[1] or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... Touch and Go Records is an independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, which began life in 1979 in East Lansing, Michigan as a magazine put out by Tesco Vee. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... David Yow is an American musician born August 2, 1960. ... David William Sims is a bass guitar player. ... Duane Denison is a rock guitarist, formerly for The Jesus Lizard and Firewater and currently for Tomahawk. ... Mac McNeilly is a drummer best known for being a member of the band The Jesus Lizard. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Rock and roll. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... For the bands self-titled EP, see Scratch Acid (EP). ... David Yow is an American musician born August 2, 1960. ... Duane Denison is a rock guitarist, formerly for The Jesus Lizard and Firewater and currently for Tomahawk. ... For the bands self-titled EP, see Scratch Acid (EP). ... David William Sims is a bass guitar player. ... A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums and/or other percussion instruments. ... Mac McNeilly is a drummer best known for being a member of the band The Jesus Lizard. ... Pure is the debut EP by The Jesus Lizard, released in 1989. ...

Contents

Sound and Influence

The band took their name from a common nickname for the basilisk, a type of lizard that can run on water. 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 noise, all of which received positive reviews in underground music publications and heavy college-radio play."[1] Members of Nirvana, Helmet, Every Time I Die and other bands, claim the Jesus Lizard as their influence.[citation needed] Binomial name Basiliscus basiliscus (Linnaeus, 1758) Basiliscus basiliscus or basilisk is a lizard living in Central America. ... Impact of a drop of water Water is a chemical substance that is essential to all known forms of life. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The term underground music has been applied to several artistic movements, notably to the early psychedelic movement of the mid 60s centred in Los Angeles. ... Campus radio (also known as college radio, university radio or student radio) is a type of radio station that is run by the students of a college, university or other educational institution. ... Nirvana was an American rock band originating from Aberdeen, Washington. ... Helmet is an American rock band formed in New York City by Page Hamilton (vocals/guitar) with Henry Bogdan (bass), Peter Mengede (guitar) and John Stanier (drums) in 1989. ... Every Time I Die is a five-piece metalcore band from Buffalo, New York, founded in the winter of 1998. ...


Their music was a scathing mix of piercing guitar, machine-like drums, propulsive bass guitar, and psychotic vocals, often reminiscent of The Birthday Party. Denison's stinging guitar often served more as texture or coloring than as a melody instrument, while the rhythm section's stops and starts were simultaneously precise and brutal. David Yow's frenzied, often incoherent vocals were quite unique, unlike anything past or present. David Sprague suggests that "Yow's disjointed couplets" are reminiscent of a "preacher speaking in tongues."[1] The Birthday Party was an Australian post punk rock group, active from 1977 to 1983. ... Rhythm section refers to the musicians whose primary jobs in a jazz or popular music band or ensemble is to establish the rhythm of a song or musical piece, often via repeated riffs or ostinati. ... A couplet is a pair of lines of verse that form a unit. ... Preacher is a colloquial term for a clergyman, in particular a local priest, pastor or Minister; one who preaches. ... Tongues redirects here. ...


History

Through 1994, the Jesus Lizard's studio recordings were recorded and engineered by Steve Albini. Albini typically kept vocals "low in the mix," or much less prominent than was typical of rock and roll recordings. In Our Band Could Be Your Life, Michael Azerrad writes that "on the Jesus Lizard albums Albini recorded, singer David Yow sounds like a kidnap victim trying to howl through the duct tape over his mouth; the effect is horrific." (Azerrad, 344)[2] While appreciated as a unique vocalist, Yow was more often sited for his confrontational antics on-stage. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Steve Albini (born July 22, 1962, Pasadena, California) is an influential singer, songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and music journalist. ... Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 is a book by Michael Azerrad (ISBN 0-316-78753-1). ... A piece of transparent duct tape, left, and of silver duct tape, right. ...


During a show at the now defunct Odd Rock Cafe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jesus Lizard's set list included an instrumental titled "Tight and Shiny". Yow set the mike stand at waist-height,dropped his drawers, and pulled out his penis. The band thundered on, while the song title's relevance crept into the audiences' mind as they had a clear view of Yow stretching his scrotal sack over his testicles, giving them a tight and shiny look.


Also in 1994 David Yow tried out his acting chops in the movie "Walls In the City" with the soundtrack done by Denison Kimball Trio and released on SkinGraft Records.


In 1995, The Jesus Lizard signed a contract with Capitol Records, an action which caused a falling out with Albini, famous for his dislike of major record companies. With the major label backing the band put the song "Panic In Cicero" on the Clerks. soundtrack, and made appearances at Lollapalooza. Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Clerks. ... Lollapalooza is an American music festival featuring alternative rock, hip hop, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. ...


In 1996 The Jesus Lizard released "Shot." Recorded by GGGarth and moved the band into new territory on all fronts; artistically, sonically, musically, and lyrically. Shot is an album by the Chicago noise rock band The Jesus Lizard, their first release on a major label. ... Garth GGGarth Richardson is a music producer and engineer. ...


In 1997 Mac McNeilly left the band for personal reasons and was replaced by Jim Kimball, who appeared that year on The Jesus Lizard's self-titled EP on Jetset Records. The EP featured production and engineering by Andy Gill (Gang of Four), John Cale, and Jim O'Rourke. This article reads like a review. ...


In 1998 the band released "Blue" recorded by Andy Gill of Gang of Four fame. A departure for The Jesus Lizard, this one was another step in the direction " Shot" took them. Many fans hold this to be the low point of their career. During the following tour Kimball was replaced by Brendan Murphy. Later that year the band announced that they were breaking up. Andy Gill is the guitarist for the British rock group Gang of Four. ... Gang of Four is an English post-punk group from Leeds. ...


Post-Breakup

In 2000, Touch & Go issued a CD of 7" tracks and rarities called Bang.


After the split some of the members moved on to other bands. Denison plays with Tomahawk, continues to play with Kimball in the Denison Kimball Trio (which is actually a duo), and backed up Hank Williams III on a couple of tours. Tomahawk is an experimental alternative metal/alternative rock band from the United States. ...


In 2006, Yow and Sims reformed Scratch Acid, along with Rey Washam (Rapeman, Ministry) and Brett Bradford for the Touch and Go Records 25th Anniversary Festival in Chicago. A week before the Touch & Go Festival, the re-united Scratch Acid played to a sold-out crowd at Emo's in their hometown of Austin, TX. For the bands self-titled EP, see Scratch Acid (EP). ... Rapeman was an American rock music group founded in 1987 and disbanded in 1990. ... Ministry is an American industrial metal band of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s fronted by Al Jourgensen. ... Touch and Go Records is an independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, which began life in 1979 in East Lansing, Michigan as a magazine put out by Tesco Vee. ...


After The Jesus Lizard, drummer Mac MacNeilly, along with his wife, formed the band Mouse. Bassist David Wm. Sims relocated to New York City and now works as an accountant. Vocalist David Yow moved to Los Angeles to work in graphic design. Yow has joined the Los Angeles band Qui.


Discography

Year Title Label
1989 Pure Touch & Go
1990 Head Touch & Go
1991 Goat Touch & Go
1992 Liar Touch & Go
1993 Lash Touch & Go
1994 Show Collision Arts
1994 Down Touch & Go
1996 Shot Capitol
1997 Self-Titled EP JetSet
1998 Blue Capitol
2000 Bang Touch & Go

1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pure is the debut EP by The Jesus Lizard, released in 1989. ... Touch and Go Records is an independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, which began life in 1979 in East Lansing, Michigan as a magazine put out by Tesco Vee. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Head (1990) is the first full album by The Jesus Lizard. ... Touch and Go Records is an independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, which began life in 1979 in East Lansing, Michigan as a magazine put out by Tesco Vee. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Third album by Chicago alternative rock group The Jesus Lizard, released in 1991. ... Touch and Go Records is an independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, which began life in 1979 in East Lansing, Michigan as a magazine put out by Tesco Vee. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Liar is the third full-length album by the noise rock band The Jesus Lizard. ... Touch and Go Records is an independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, which began life in 1979 in East Lansing, Michigan as a magazine put out by Tesco Vee. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Touch and Go Records is an independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, which began life in 1979 in East Lansing, Michigan as a magazine put out by Tesco Vee. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Down is an album by the Chicago noise rock band The Jesus Lizard. ... Touch and Go Records is an independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, which began life in 1979 in East Lansing, Michigan as a magazine put out by Tesco Vee. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Shot is an album by the Chicago noise rock band The Jesus Lizard, their first release on a major label. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Touch and Go Records is an independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, which began life in 1979 in East Lansing, Michigan as a magazine put out by Tesco Vee. ...

Chart Positions

Albums

Year Album Chart Position
1996 Shot Heatseekers (US) No. 28

Shot is an album by the Chicago noise rock band The Jesus Lizard, their first release on a major label. ... Top Heatseekers is a weekly albums chart introduced by Billboard magazine in 1993 whose purpose is to highlight sales by new and developing musical recording artists. ...

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1993 Puss/Oh, the Guilt (split single with Nirvana) Official UK Singles Chart No. 12

Puss/Oh, The Guilt is a split-single from the American rock bands The Jesus Lizard and Nirvana. ... Nirvana was an American rock band originating from Aberdeen, Washington. ...

See also

This is a list of alternative music artists. ... Rapeman was an American rock music group founded in 1987 and disbanded in 1990. ... The Love Interest was a short-lived collaborative musical project between musicians Martin Atkins and Chris Connelly (with Mary Lynn Bowling and David Simms also featured). ... Firewater is an indie rock group founded by Tod A. in 1995. ... Shelton Hank Williams (born December 12, 1972, in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American musician. ... Helmet is an American rock band formed in New York City by Page Hamilton (vocals/guitar) with Henry Bogdan (bass), Peter Mengede (guitar) and John Stanier (drums) in 1989. ... The Melvins are an American rock band that usually perform as a trio. ... Tomahawk is an experimental alternative metal/alternative rock band from the United States. ...

External links

  • Touch & Go Records
  • [2] "Legacy of the Jesus Lizard"

References

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Jesus Lizard". All Music Guide. Retrieved June 5, 2005.
  2. ^ Azerrad, Michael. Our Band Could Be Your Life. Little Brown and Company, 2002. ISBN 0-316-78753-1
The Jesus Lizard
Duane Denison | Mac McNeilly | David Wm. Sims | David Yow
Jim Kimball | Brendan Murphy
Discography
Albums and extended plays: Pure | Head | Goat | Liar | Lash (EP) | Show | Down | The Jesus Lizard (EP) | Shot | Blue | Bang

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The Jesus Lizard - definition of The Jesus Lizard in Encyclopedia (172 words)
The Jesus Lizard was an alternative rock band formed in 1987 in Chicago, Illinois.
After the breakup of Scratch Acid, singer David Yow and bassist David William Sims recruited Duane Denison (guitar) called themselves The Jesus Lizard; the group used a drum machine for their earliest recordings and performances, before adding and Mac Macneilly (drums).
Until 1994, the Jesus Lizard's studio recordings were recorded and engeneered by Steve Albini.
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