YEAR RELEASED: 1991
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Then Comes Dudley, Nub
LINEUP: David Dow, Duane Denison, David Wm Sims, Mac McNeilly
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Texans transplanted to Chicago collaborate with Steve Albini on a loud and noisy magnum opus.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Careening out of the gate with the menacing “Then Comes Dudley” (whatever that’s about), the intricate “Mouthbreather” (about a friend of Albini’s who housesit), and the slide guitar opus “Nub” (about someone who lost an appendage while hanging out of the window of a car), Jesus Lizard’s second album is frenetic, loud, dark and brilliant.
Those three songs start the commotion, as it were. And it just goes from there: songs about prison love, a take on the Aristocrats, being locked up, and whatever the hell “Monkey Trick” is about (David Yow doesn’t know and he wrote the lyrics).
This album’s not for everyone. It’s not for many people, really. But If you can unlock it, you’ll dig it. Crank it!
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The house-sitting friend from “Mouthbreather” was Brett Walford, the drummer for Slint and the original drummer for the Breeders.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with B-sides and live cuts.
GRADE: A: A tremendous record from 1991, showing that not all great alternative records were grungy.