By Peter Lindblad
Shut Up And Bleed, packaged with a photo-filled booklet and extensive liner notes, is a 29-track compilation of rare, live and unreleased material from Teenage Jesus And The Jerks’ late-’70s output, and it’s all brutal, art-damaged stuff.
The first vehicle for Lydia Lunch’s bizarre, often violent, poetry, Lunch led Teenage Jesus And The Jerks — featuring James Chance’s psychotic saxophone runs, Lunch’s shrieking vocals, Bradley Field’s drum storms and Reck’s rumbling bass — fearlessly through dangerous asylums of sound. Abrasive, nihilistic and terrifying, this is the work of lunatics — uncomfortable, gripping and oddly compelling.
Smatterings of feces-throwing madness from Lunch’s notorious Beirut Slump side project are found here among the 29 garbage-strewn tracks, along with a clutch of … well, songs from “Hysterie.” This is what must be going on in Roky Erickson’s head when he forgets to take his meds.