Scratch Acid was formed in 1982 in Austin, Texas. Initial line-up included Steve Anderson, David Wm. Sims, Brett Bradford, David Yow and Rey Washam. Anderson was kicked out of the band, however, before they even started recording an album.
Their first two albums – self-titled 1984 album and 1986 “Just Keep Eating” came out on Rabid Cat label and the rest of their work – Berserker EP (1987) and posthumous compilation “The Greatest Gift” came out on “Touch & Go Records”.
Jesus Lizard was formed shortly after the breakup of Scratch Acid, when David Yow relocated from Texas to Chicago and teamed up with Duane Denison (Cargo Cult). He also recruited David Wm. Sims from Scratch Acid and early on they used drum machine, before adding drummer Mac McNeilly for their first EP “Pure”.
In the following years, they produced a whole number of albums, including their most acclaimed record – 1991 “Goat”. While they never achieved a worldwide popularity, they still remained a much beloved underground band and even signed to Capitol Records in 1995, which allowed them to perform at Lollapolooza festival and led to their song “Panic In Cicero” being featured in a soundtrack to a movie “Clerks”.
Their 1996 album “Shot” was produced by GGGarth, audio engineer who worked with the likes of Kerbdog, Rage Against The Machine, Ugly Kid Joe and many others. This was preceded by falling out with Steve Albini, who stopped supporting band due to his dislike of major labels.
“Shot” was an entirely different album than its predecessors – Yow’s vocals were now higher in the mix and drums were not as compressed as on previous albums. However, the album received mixed reviews.
Their final studio album – 1998 “Blue” was produced by Andy Gill from Gang of Four and featured drummer Jim Kimball who replaced Mac McNeilly. The following year, they announced their breakup, with 1999 compilation “Bang” gathering some of their rare material from EPs and singles.
After the split, Duane Denison went on to play with Tomahawk (along with Mike Patton from Faith No More and John Stanier from Helmet) and he’s also involved in Denison-Kimball Trio (which is actually a duo). He also formed USSA together with Paul Barker from Ministry.
In 2006, Yow and Sims reunited Scratch Acid and played a sold out show at Emo’s club and also appeared at Touch&Go 25 Anniversary.
David Wm. Sims works as an accountant, while David Yow worked as a graphic designer before joining Los Angeles band Qui.
Lo and behold – Jesus Lizard is back! According to Stereogum website, the band is going to play some live dates in 2009 at All Tomorrow Parties festival.
Scratch Acid LP (Fundamental, 1986)
Just Keep Eating LP (Rabid Cat Records, 1986)
Berserker LP (Fundamental, 1986 / Touch and Go, 1987)
The Greatest Gift CD (Touch And Go, 1991)
Chrome 7″ (Touch And Go, 1988)
Pure 12″ (Touch And Go, 1989)
Head LP (Touch And Go, 1990)
Mouthbreather 7″ (Touch and Go, 1990)
Goat LP/CD (Touch and Go, 1991)
Gladiator / Seasick 7″ (Touch and Go, 1992)
Gladiator / Boilermaker 7″ (Insipid Vinyl, 1992)
Head/Pure CD (Touch and Go, 1992)
Liar LP / CD (Touch and Go, 1992)
Wheelchair Epidemic 7″ (Touch and Go, 1992)
Fly On the Wall 7″ / CD-Single (Touch and Go, 1993)
Lash 3X7″ / CD-EP (Touch and Go, 1993)
Puss / Oh, The Guilt (Split with Nirvana) 7″ / maxi-single / cassette (Touch and Go, 1993 / Insipid Vinyl, 1993)
CBGB’s 20th Anniversary Sampler CD (Giant Records, 1994)
Down LP / CD (Touch and Go, 1994)
Live at Brixton Academy 7″ (Dirter Promotions / Fear And Loathing, 1994)
Show LP/ CD (Giant Records, 1994)
Sho(r)t VHS (Capitol Video, 1996)
Shot LP /CD (Giant Records1996)
Thumper CD (Capitol Records. 1996)
The Jesus Lizard EP (Jetset Records, 1997)
Blue LP / CD (Capitol Records, 1998 / Jetset Records, 1998)
Untitled EP (Jetset Records, 1998 )
Bang CD (Touch and Go, 2000 )
“Holes” on Gods Favorite Dog (Touch And Go, 1986)
“The Final Kiss” on Gods Favorite Dog (Touch And Go, 1986)
“Pop Song” on Dope, Guns And F—ing In The Streets Volumes 4-7 (Amphetamine Reptile, 1991)
“Nub” on Mesomorph Enduros (Big Cat UK, 1992)
“Whirl” on Volume Five (Volume, 1992)
“Monkey Trick” on WMBR Presents: Clear The Room! 7″ (No Life Records, 1992)
“Gladiator” on Altered States Of America (Lime Lizard, 1993)
“Boiler Maker” on Gimme 5 (Melody Maker Magazine, 1994)
“Panic In Cicero” on Clerks – Music From The Motion Picture (Chaos Recordings, 1994)
“Fly On The Wall” on Cortex (Cortex, 1994)
“Then Comes Dudley” on Amateur Soundtrack (Matador / Atlantic, 1995)
“Nub” on Mind The Gap #8 (Gonzo Circus Magazine, 1996)
“Shut Up” on Soiled Gold Hits (EMI, New Zealand, 1996)
“Mailman” + “Good Riddance” on Steal This (Capitol, 1996)
“Uncommonly Good” on The Lounge Ax Defense And Relocation Compact Disc (Touch And Go, 1996)
“More Beautiful Than Barbie” on The Story So Far… (Vox Magazine, 1996)
“Poscoital Glow” on Rock Sound #21 (Rock Sound Magazine, 1998)
“Gladiator” on Rock Sound #39 (Rock Sound Magazine, 2000)
“Mailman” on See Hollywod And Vine (Capitol Records, unknown year)
Selected books that mention Jesus Lizard:
Michael Azerrad – Our Band Could Be Your Life
Henry Owings / Patton Oswalt – The Rock Bible
Nigel Williamson – The Best Music You’ve Never Heard 1
Piero Scaruffi – A History Of Rock Music 1951-2000
Jim DeRogatis – Milk It!
Destroy Before Reading (Live)
Puss (Live, Reading Festival, 1994)
Puss (Official Video)
Wheelchair Epidemic (Live)