Circle Jerks

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History[edit]

I just want some skank!

Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1980, this powerful punk/hardcore band featured vocalist Keith Morris (ex- BlackFlag) and guitarist Greg Hetson.

Singer Keith Morris, who left Black Flag after appearing on its debut single, formed the Circle Jerks with ex-Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson in Los Angeles in 1980. Fast, loud and loose, the Jerks became one of the region's most popular and durable slam bands. Immortalized on celluloid in The Decline of Western Civilization punk documentary, the Circle Jerks found vinyl success (via the film soundtrack and their own releases) later. Typically crude and undisciplined, despite occasional offbeat choices of material (Wild in the Streets contains a hyper remake of Jackie DeShannon's "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"), these Jerks managed to become a live success; their shows generate some of the most intense slam-dancing and stage-diving anywhere. (In 1988, Frontier remixed and reissued Wild in the Streets, appending Group Sex to the CD.)


Discography[edit]

CIRCLE JERKS
Group Sex (Frontier) 1980
Wild in the Streets (Faulty Products) 1982
Golden Shower of Hits (LAX) 1983 (Avenue) 1992
Wönderful (Combat Core) 1985
VI (Relativity) 1987
Group Sex/Wild in the Streets (Frontier) 1988
Gig (Relativity) 1992
Oddities Abmornalities and Curiosities (Mercury) 1995
VARIOUS ARTISTS
The Decline of Western Civilization (Slash) 1980

Lyrics[edit]

defamation innuendo
defamation innuendo
communication to third person
it's defamation
my reputation
defamation, innuendo..

moral majority

first there was biology
then pornography
so says the moral majority

telling you and me
what we can watch and read
i don't need
some dumb schmuck telling me

nice communities
middle class families
too much cleanliness
too much stupidity

i don't need
someone telling me
how to listen and how to read

whatever happened
to the first amendment
the way these people talk
they've never even heard it


put a little love in your heart

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