Teenage Jesus And The Jerks
"Beirut Slump/ Shut And Bleed"
Jesus and the Jerks was the brainchild of a young Lydia Lunch
who from there would go on to a now three-decade career
in underground music, art, poetry, fiction, and film.
It should come as no surprise such a prolific woman would be the
instigator behind such
a great and influential whether those who were influenced by the band
knows it or not) band.
While the punk rock at the time was a lot more musical with the speed
and volume turned up,
Teenage Jesus and the Jerks went an entirely different and more unique
and challenging direction.
The music is very minimalist with clangy, angular guitars, simple
and Lydia’s unique voice driving the entire thing.
The music will get under your skin, and the vocals will not let you
divert your attention
and will sometimes even give you goosebumps.
Their first single, “Orphans” is the finest example of how the above
made for such a great stew, but one that won’t please everyone.
The band was challenging, and thirty years later the music is still not
for the faint of heart,
but it has aged wonderfully.
This CD collects everything Teenage Jesus and the Jerks recorded
along with the "Beirut Slump" sessions, which was another project band
Lydia Lunch had going on at the same time who only played three shows
and recorded one record.
"Beirut Slump" featured a different, male vocalist and was perhaps even
more “out there” than Teenage Jesus.
There is also some live material that has never been released before
The booklet contains some great photos and liner notes from Lydia Lunch
and Adele Bertei and even contains a pretty detailed discography.
There is a total of 29 tracks and the disc is about 50 minutes long,
which is just long enough to really piss off your neighbors
if you play this at loud volume with the windows open.
It has been a pretty good summer for Lydia Lunch fans
with the release of a retrospective DVD and now
with this excellent compilation of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks
This CD is mandatory for anyone who considers themselves a fan of old
or someone just looking for a history lesson on underground music.
Now someone just needs to do a vinyl version of this collection!
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