Circle Jerks
1980
United States
Music group
Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1980, this powerful hardcore band featured vocalist Keith Morris (ex-Black Flag) and guitarist Greg Hetson (ex-Redd Kross, later Bad Religion). Roger (Dowding) Rogerson (bass) and Keith 'Lucky' Lehrer (drums) completed the line-up featured on the quartet's forceful debut album.

Their second, Wild In The Streets, was initially issued on Police manager Miles Copeland's Step Forward/Faulty label. It featured the services of hardcore's number one drummer, Chuck Biscuits (real name: Cuck Worthington, ex-D.O.A.), but he would leave in 1984 for a career in Danzig.

Appearances on several influential "new music' compilations, including The Decline Of Western Civilisation (they also had a starring role in the film of the same name) and Let Them Eat Jelly Beans confirmed the Circle Jerks" position at the vanguard of California's virulent hardcore movement.

Long-standing members Morris and Hetson remained at the helm of this compulsive group which, by 1985, was fleshed out with the addition of Zander "Snake" Schloss (bass; later Weirdos and Joe Strummer) and Keith "Adolph" Clark (drums).

"Wönderful", from the same year, was something of a disappointment, but the Circle Jerks rescued their reputation with the staunch, Dictators-influenced VI. After releasing a live anthology, the group went their own ways, before unexpectedly returning in the mid-90s to sign with PolyGram Records.

The ensuing Oddities Abnormalities And Curiosities featured one truly bizarre track, with former teen star Debbie Gibson providing lead vocals for a thrashy cover version of the Soft Boys' "I Wanna Destroy You".
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