Teenage Jesus & the Jerks were an influential New York City No Wave music group of 1976-79 fronted by Lydia Lunch and James Chance, who later left the band after some conflict about their direction.

Reputed to play ten-minute sets of thirty-second songs (though "The Closet" and "I Woke Up Dreaming" extended to around three minutes and performances up to twenty), they sought to take music beyond what Lunch saw as the traditionalism of punk rock ("I thought punk was lousy Chuck Berry music amped up to play triple fast", she later commented). Their frenzied playing and Lunch's shrieked vocals gained them a renown quickly matching and even surpassing that of other No Wave bands such as DNA or the older Mars.

The group left behind little more than a dozen complete recorded songs, most of the surviving titles being assembled in 1995 into an 18-minute career retrospective CD only slightly incorrectly titled Everything (though other studio versions of several songs exist alongside a few live recordings). Few bands can have achieved quite such an impact with so slim a body of work, one felt not only in the US but also via (extremely limited) radio play in Britain where their assault on convention contrasted even more powerfully with the punk music of the day. Lunch and Chance went on separately to continued success in the New York underground music scene and beyond.

The group has been cited as a significant influence on post-punk groups such as Sonic Youth.


Teenage Jesus And The Jerks Discography Tracks

Various I Woke Up Dreaming and 3 more… Various - No New York (Comp) Antilles US 1978 Sell This Version
Lydia Lunch Freud In Flop and 8 more… Lydia Lunch - Hysterie (Comp) Widowspeak Productions US 1986 Sell This Version
Various The Closet Various - Zetrospective (Comp) Island Records, ZE Records Germany 1989 Sell This Version
004 Various Red Alert Various - Minirock (Hoe Langer Hoe Korter)(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) TIGRO 004 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
ALP38CD Various Red Alert Various - Out Of Their Mouths(2xCD, Comp) Atavistic ALP38CD US 1996 Sell This Version
Lydia Lunch Orphans (as Teenage Jesus) Lydia Lunch - Widowspeak (Comp) Get Back, Get Back, Get Back UK 1998 Sell This Version
Various The Closet and 2 more… Various - N.Y No Wave - The Ultimate East Village 80's Soundtrack (Comp) ZE Records France 2003 Sell This Version
Lydia Lunch Freud In Flop (as Teenage Jesus & The Jerks) and 12 more… Lydia Lunch - Sex Voodoo (Comp) World Youth Records Japan 2004 Sell This Version
SALVODCD202 Various Orphans (as Teenage Jesus & The Jerks) Various - The Definitive Story Of CBGB (The Home Of U.S. Punk)(2xCD, Comp) Salvo SALVODCD202 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
678 Various The Closet (as Teenage Jesus & The Jerks) Various - The Voice Of America(LP, Comp, Unofficial) Picnic Rock 678 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
PUNK 003 Various Orphans (as Teenage Jesus & The Jerks) Various - Hardcore History Volume 3(Cass, Comp, Num, Unofficial, C90) Destroy Tapes PUNK 003 UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Various Race Mixing and 4 more… Various - New York No Wave Compilation 1977/1982(CDr, Comp, Unofficial) LeoteRecords none Portugal Unknown Sell This Version