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Liar [CASSETTE] [Import]

Jesus Lizard Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (5 Oct 1992)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B0000019J5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

1. Boilermaker
2. Gladiator
3. Art of Self-Defense
4. Slave Ship
5. Puss
6. Whirl
7. Rope
8. Perk
9. Zachariah
10. Dancing Naked Ladies

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Hell! 6 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
I bought this years ago when it first came out in 92 and I played it to death.
Listening to it now I can see what came before and came after. It's most obvious parentage lies in the fetile brain of Steve Albini, a mate of the band. It's like a more organic version of Big Black,fittingly as David Sims once played with Albini in Rapeman, with a similar sense of attack and contolled noise. Imagine a speed fuelled, concentrated version of Black Sabbath, minus the wizards and mystic tosh, more stone cold insane than stonehenge stoned.
It's finger prints are all over 'In Utero' by Nirvana. Kurt was a big fan, he even tried to piggy back them to fame with a split double A side single of Nirvana's "Oh the Guilt" with "Puss" from this album. Imagine, The Jesus Lizard nearly made it onto Top of the Pops, now that would have been something.
Like Big Black, David Yows lyrics and singing style continually returns to pick at scabs, horrid small town tales, the horrible things that people do.
Musically the band specialise in small, clipped pieces of musical information repeated over and over, like The Fall at their most rocking. the first three tracks 'Boilermaker', 'Gladiator' and 'The Art of Self Defence' rock harder then almost any album opening that I can think of, and, manage to sound only like themselves, an almost amazing feat even in those heady days of invention.
I recommend this album but find it hard to say why, just like recommending that someone watch 'Deliverence' or read 'Hiroshima'. It's definately something ugly, but there's something there that has to be seen, unpleasent or not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Remastered? Not that I can tell... 14 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As anyone familiar with this band well knows, Liar is a beast of a record. The Jesus Lizard were a blunt instrument of enormous power and on Liar they really reached a peak of sheer aural brutality. They should have called it Whiplash because that's what it feels like to listen to this at volume. Not recommended while operating heavy equipment or driving! I have long had a copy of this but got pretty excited when I saw that a remastered version was available. I have the other key JL records like Goat and Head/Pure and always thought that Liar sounded muddy by comparison, particularly David Yow's vocals, which sound like he's singing into a pillow half the time.

So I hastened to pick up a copy of this when I discovered it by chance a few years after its release. That said, I cannot distinguish a great deal of difference - if any - between the original recording and this 'remastered' version. Methinks Albini and co are taking the piss, given Albini's stated disdain for anything digital. So if you want it, buy it for the extra tracks - which includes a stonking alternate version of Gladiator - and the cool pics and content on the inserts. But 'remastered'? I don't think so... not to my ears anyway.
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Top Review from Mark Brown. I agree entirely. This band encapsulates the sound of a beautiful rage. This surpasses anything David Yow has done before, or since.

If you love this album - it will define you.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jesus Lizard at their peak. 2 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This, my favourite, Jesus Lizard album can be listened to all the way through easily and very enjoyably-every song is great, flawless instrumentation accompanied wih tales of sleaze and horror from a man who sounds like he's had too much to drink. I can't stress enough just how COOL Duane Denison's guitar sounds-the solo of "Boilermaker," the ending of "Gladiator," the nifty little touches on "Puss," and the main guitar line of "Whirl," are some of the highlights of what Denison produces on this record.
This is an exhilarating record that rocks with evil intent all the way through apart from the hazy and slow-paced, yet still decent, "Zachariah."
One of the best of the nineties.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing Naked Yow 7 July 1998
By Thee Inspector - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Liar is like getting the crap kicked out of you in some seedy cocktail bar. Nasty cutting guitar work, pounding drums and of course David Yow screaming like a drunken banshee hopped-up on goofballs. About as safe as a knife fight in a soviet prison yard.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, magical album 17 Jun 2005
By Wheelchair Assassin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's bands like the Jesus Lizard that make me regret wasting my teen years in the mid '90's listening to FM radio-approved drivel, and Liar is one of the main reasons why. Liar is a wild, unhinged piece of punkish, metallic alt-rock, one that obliterated petty genre distinctions at the same time that it exposed the legions of pretenders that were just starting to pop up at the time. Want to know how ahead of its time Liar was? It came out before such boring Seattle knockoffs as Bush and Silverchair had even emerged, to say nothing of the ridiculous throwbacks (this means you, Puddle of Mudd) polluting the scene right now. Of course, being ahead of the curve is a virtual guarantee of going unnoticed by the masses, but then I don't think mainstream success was high on the Lizard's list of priorities.

Anyway, in the grand tradition of Steve Albini acts such as Shellac and Big Black (and yes, I know the Lizard's albums were merely *produced* by Albini, but why get picky?), Liar is assaultive, abrasive, and decidedly in contrast to all things commercial. Melody, good taste, and traditional rock-song structures are thrown right out the window here in favor of swirling collages of noise complete with twisted rhythms and the singular nasal howl of the great David Yow. Opener Boilermaker sets the tone literally from its first second, conjuring up a psychotic atmosphere out of a series of spastic drumbeats, hellish guitar riffage, and Yow's nightmarish chants. The next song, Gladiator, might be even more frightening, with Yow menacingly intoning such oddball lyrics as "You should see her use a gun," backed by a bass riff that hits with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the stomach. On slower tracks like Perk and Zachariah, Duane Denison's creepy-crawly riffs scratch against the surface of Yow's bizarre vocal impressionism, but fortunately the album loses nothing by slowing down because its oppressive atmosphere is never compromised one bit.

So, what more can be said about Liar? Well, unfortunately, not much. This is definitely one album that must be experienced to be fully comprehended. But let me leave you, gentle reader, with this: Liar is a supreme testament to a band that may not have released a classic every time out, but had a singular vision and didn't allow the temptations of fame or money to get in the way. If only more acts had their integrity, I might not have to comb the internet looking for stuff to listen to.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest albums of the 90s... 5 Dec 2000
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
...perhaps one of the finest rock albums ever. There are simply not words to describe the perfect marriage of punk, metal, noise, and sheer brutality achieved by the finest lineup of the finest band that ever came out of Chicago (and that truly is saying something). If you're exceptionally low on cash and can only ever afford to buy one Jesus Lizard album-- or one punk album-- or one metal album-- make this it. Yes, it's THAT good.
The album roars open with what might still be the finest rock single of all time, "Boilermaker," and Yow sets the standard for lyric writing on this album with impressionist glimpses at his topic (in this case, infidelity, with a strong implication of murder involved as well), and for the next thirty-five minutes, you're hooked. Completely. The tempo changes, the ferocity sometimes takes a backseat to other, equally nasty, obsessions, but the absolute intensity and vitriol never lets up.
Easily one of the five best albums of the nineties (#1 changes depending on my mood). Should be in the collection of everyone broad-minded enough to appreciate its brilliance.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE LIZARD, greatest live band..... 30 May 2005
By Casa De Chill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am not sure if I like LIAR or DOWN better. Both are solid from begining to end. LIAR is a bit harder and raw, DOWN is more refined (if that word can be used to describe anything about the Lizard!?). Both albums represent the zenith of the Lizard's talent. If you have not ventured down this road and are unsure, do it. You will never look back and see the road the same way again.

A few comments. This was the first Lizard album I ever bought and at the time it was extremely different from the mainstream crap that was playing on the radio at the time. It scary, demented and little did I know that this was the definition of "rock".

After about a year I really understood these guys and I was able to do something about it. Fortunately I live in Chicago. I was able to see the Lizard about 5 times and every time I left a show I was amazed by this band. Tight. Hard. Powerful. Yow.

Yow was the 90's incarnation of Jim Morrison and I mean that only in the sense that he had such presence on stage. He was half drunk, staggering, yelling but always keeping composure.

He had a habit of coming on stage in various states of dress and the most messed up thing he did was come out completely wrapped in duct tape -head to toe. He proceded to rip the tape off as the show progressed. He was just about nude by the end of the show. The guy was insane and we loved every minute of it.

And the rest of the band? I have a hard time trying to think about a better live band. Sims, Denison, Kimball, McNeilly. The power and absolute precision that these guys played was unrivaled.

I somewhat remember a quote by a rock critic in Chicago about the Jesus Lizard, he said that they were "The greatest live band on this and three other solar systems". Nuff said.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give me something to stop the bleeding! 30 July 2004
By G. Rao - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Jesus Lizard had a curiously twisted sense of humor. There's a song on this album called "Rope", where David Yow sings about a guy who is found dead in the woods with a trowel up his *ss. In "The Art of Self Defense" is David Yow howls out the phrase, "A saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad pygmy!!!!", which always brings a little grin to my face. These songs are blazing and incredibly tight, fast-paced hard rock. Nobody rocked out like the Jesus Lizard. I'd say this album is their high water mark, along with Goat. Puss is probably the standout track, and was also released as a split single with Nirvana (Cobain was a big fan). Pour some bourbon down your pie-hole and give this album a listen. Its good.
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