The Jesus Lizard was an American rock band formed in 1987 in Austin, Texas and based in Chicago, Illinois. They were "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."

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, where they found kindred spirits in recording engineer Steve Albini and Touch and Go Records. With the addition of drummer Mac McNeilly, they began performing live, eventually attracting 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 alternative rock explosion of the 1990s and disbanded in 1999. Their reunion tour ten years later garnered positive responses from audiences and critics.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Head The Jesus Lizard 5 2
1991 Goat The Jesus Lizard 5 3
1992 Liar The Jesus Lizard 5 3
1994 Down The Jesus Lizard 5 2
1996 Shot The Jesus Lizard 2
1998 Blue The Jesus Lizard 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Head / Pure The Jesus Lizard 5 3
2000 Bang The Jesus Lizard 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Show The Jesus Lizard 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Puss / Oh, the Guilt The Jesus Lizard / Nirvana 3
1996 Thumper The Jesus Lizard 1
2009 Inch The Jesus Lizard 1
Then Comes Dudley The Jesus Lizard 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Lash The Jesus Lizard 3
1998 The Jesus Lizard EP The Jesus Lizard 1
2009 Pure The Jesus Lizard 2

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