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Jesus Lizard
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
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This major-label debut is a marked step back from the full-frontal assault of past Jesus Lizard releases. It's no less confrontational, in that rambling-screaming-derelict-in-your-face way that TJL has patented, but it has...  more »


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All Artists: Jesus Lizard
Title: Shot
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Capitol
Release Date: 4/16/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative, Progressive, Progressive Rock, Alternative Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724383677825, 0724383677856, 724383677849

This major-label debut is a marked step back from the full-frontal assault of past Jesus Lizard releases. It's no less confrontational, in that rambling-screaming-derelict-in-your-face way that TJL has patented, but it has a certain cleanliness that is refreshingly new and different. No doubt this will turn off a few noiseheads, but those open-minded enough to give Shot a complete run-through will find there's plenty of musical insanity still kicking around. There are moments of total brainbash such as "Thumper" and "Now Then," but equally interesting are the jazz/blues-isms of "Too Bad About the Fire" and the Fall-ish "Churl." --Adem Tepedelen

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Mailman - one of the creepiest songs I've ever heard
Tom Johnson | Always here, sometimes there | 08/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

""He wants to know if he can run his fingers through my hair
He also wants to know if he can hop around my hole
Wants to see my skirt rise abuxt my hairless thigh"

"Mailman" is singer David Yow's tale of a woman being stalked by some creepy bastard who likes to send her little love notes through the mail. This is the kind of thing the Jesus Lizard excels at - making the listener just uncomfortable enough that any laughter that the odd lyrics might encourage are questioned as to whether it's because of the humor of them - or a nervous reaction to something disturbing, like when we laugh at excessive gore in a movie.

I question my reaction everytime I hear the song's signature line - "He sure as hell can't touch me." Spat with such acidic disgust that you know the female persona Yow takes on for the tune says it more out of self-reassurance than as a statement of fact. The terror of the song is that nothing has happened - yet. The only thing she knows for certain is that she doesn't want the "Mailman" touching her - whether he abides her wishes is left unanswered, in fact, whether he even does anything more than send creepy letters is unknown. The song is a snippet of a "now" when the woman in the song receives yet another letter that one can only imagine has her darting about in fear, checking with shaky hands that doors and windows are locked, that nothing in the house has been disturbed, that this man hasn't somehow infiltrated the safety of her home. We never know anything but what she's feeling and fearing while reading his words - how he wants to "run his fingers through [her] hair" and "hop around [her] hole." No - all we know for sure is that "the word he uses, the thought he thinks is getting under my skin."

One of my favorite musical elements of the Jesus Lizard is that greasy bassline that permeates everything they do. It leaves a slime wherever it slithers and in the case of "Mailman" it just makes an already odd little tune that much more perverse - but really, what Jesus Lizard song isn't perverted and greasy? That's exactly why I love them. David Yow wasn't afraid to write more-than-disturbing lyrics, and the band wasn't afraid to create music that perfectly backs it up."
Is that sound quality?
Stargrazer | deep in the heart of Michigan | 11/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you're looking for a rock album that twists the usual power trio format into a taut, angular whirl, look no further.

If on the other hand, you have followed the Jesus Lizard and are inclined to rank their albums, you may find some faults. But to the uninitiated, this is punk-metal bliss. Fans seem to universally agree on this album, scenesters tend to diss it.

You knew what you were going to get with the Albini-produced albums. This one was a gratifying sonic surprise.

For one thing, their sound finally gets some robustness, while eschewing the too-slick sheen of their final album "Blue." Songs like "Thumbscrews" are cathartic both live and on album, and you can finally crank them up without it sounding like mud. Very pleasant mud, to be sure, but lacking the crystalline crunch and nice round growly bass of "Shot."

Additionally, it's their last recorded outing with drum-savant Mac McNeilly."
H3@+h | VT | 04/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Supposedly this isn't as good as their earlier work, which is amazing since this rocks so hard. It's pretty aggressive, and what I think of as punk-metal. It's something a fan of "Helmet", or a punk "Tool" might like. It also sounds better the more I hear it. "Thumper", "Blue Shot", and "Thumbscrews" are all sweet, as is "Skull Of A German". The album is hard and heavy, and the singer has a great style. I think "Shot" will go great with your next shot."