Teenage Jesus & The Jerks

Teenage Jesus & The Jerks

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.
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80084 Various Red Alert/Orphans (as Teenage Jesus & The Jerks) Various - I Hear Ya! (Still) Summer 1995 - The Caroline Distribution CD Sampler #10(CD, Promo, Smplr) Caroline Distribution 80084 US 1995 Sell This Version
none Various Crown Of Thorns (as Teenage Jesus & The Jerks) Various - Atavistic Sampler(CD, Smplr) Rockers Publishing none Poland 2000 Sell This Version


Various Empty Eyes (as Teenage Jesus & The Jerks) and 2 more… Various - N.Y. No Wave (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
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
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