Jesus Lizard started with David Yow (vocals) and David William Sims (bass/guitar) who had just finished folding up Scratch Acid with Brett Bradford (guitar/vocals) and Rey Washam (ex-Big Boys; drums/piano) after releasing a set of Hardcore Punk albums in the form of Scratch Acid (1986), Just Keep Eating (1986; mini album) and Berserker (1987) before reforming as Jesus Lizard with Yow, Sims, Duane Dennison (guitar) and Mac McNeilly (drums) to release a ferocious Punk and Metallic blues attack on their Pure (1989) debut modeled after the likes of Butthole Surfers, Iggy Pop and Birthday Party. The bare-chested Yow remained a huge focal point in their apocalyptic psychotic live shows, he was known for launching himself into the audience at will and body surfing while still singing.
During the 1990s they would release a set of lyrically disturbing albums in the form of Head (1990), Goat (1991) and Liar (1992), an album that omitted one of their most disturbing tracks to date, a cover of the Dicks' Wheelchair Epidemic, a track that was released only as a single on its own. Their only chart success was a U.K. 20 for their Puss contribution on a split 45 with Nirvana the following year. They followed it up with the U.S. only release of their first live shot Show (1993), Lash (1993) and another live effort in the form of Down arrived before rejecting an offer from Atlantic' in favor of Capitol' for Shot (1996). Fans of one-syllable titles as always, their next full-featured album would be Blue (1998) with Jim Kimball (ex-Mule/ex-Laughing Hyenas replacing McNeilly.