ARTIST: The Jesus Lizard
YEAR RELEASED: 1990
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They played Killer McHann at almost every show
LINEUP: David Yow, Duane Denison, David Wm. Sims, Mac McNeilly
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Texas weirdos kick it up a notch and release a full-length album with sinister sounding tunes and David Yow all over.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: David Wm. Sims’s bass is rumbly and menacing, Mac McNeilly pounds the drums and locks into Sims, and Duane Denison’s guitar chars whatever is in its way with riffs and fills. Then…there’s David Yow.
Yow’s vocal delivery ranges from incomprehensible, to distorted, to deranged. Sometimes, in one song, he’s all three. Definitely not for the weak of heart, or those who really insist on melody or something like that. They’re excused here.
The Jesus Lizard’s still trying to figure out their best approach, but this, their first full-length, is getting close. A couple of tracks lumber on where the menace becomes boring. But there’s some classics, especially “Killer McHann”, a concert staple.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was the first release featuring McNeilly. They had used a drum machine before.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The CD included their debut EP
GRADE: B+: A step in the evolution of a crazed band.