The saga of The Jesus Lizard begins in Texas. Vocalist David Yow and bassist David Wm. Sims were in the Austin, Texas band Scratch Acid
. Both moved to Chicago after Scratch Acid's demise where Sims played in Rapeman
. Sims began playing with guitarist Duane Denison (Cargo Cult) and the two recruited Yow to do some singing... thus The Jesus Lizard was born.