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One of the foundational hardcore bands to come out of the 1970s, Hermosa Beach's Circle Jerks birthed a new strain of punk rock by channeling the confrontational attitude of the Sex Pistols with the more physical elements of SoCal skater culture. In the many decades since their formation, Circle Jerks have inspired legions of follow-up acts, including Anti-Flag, Pennywise, the Offspring, Rancid, Green Day, Blink-182, and more.

Circle Jerks, originally called the Bedwetters, originally formed in 1979 in the Los Angeles metro area coastal city of Hermosa Beach. The initial lineup consisted of Black Flag vocalist Keith Morris, guitarist Greg Hetson, bassist Roger Rogerson, and drummer Lucky Lehrer. In the early days, the quartet recorded their 1980 debut album Group Sex, which featured 14 songs and totaled just slightly over 15 minutes. A few of the songs on Group Sex were tracks Morris had written while in Black Flag.

In 1981, Circle Jerks appeared in Penelope Spheeris' documentary about the L.A. punk-rock scene, The Decline of Western Civilization. The following year, Circle Jerks released their sophomore album, Wild in the Streets, which featured three cover songs: the title track, originally by Garland Jeffreys, "Just Like Me" (originally performed by Paul Revere & the Raiders), and "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" by Jackie DeShannon.

In 1983, the band released their third album, Golden Shower of Hits. The next year, Circle Jerks' visibility increased with a cameo in Alex Cox's Repo Man, which featured the band playing an acoustic version of "When the Sh*t Hits the Fan." This version of Circle Jerks featured new members, including Black Flag's Chuck Biscuits on drums and Earl Liberty on bass. Zander Schloss and Keith Clark later replaced Biscuits and Liberty, and the revamped group released two more albums: Wonderful (1985) and VI (1987). 

Circle Jerks disbanded in 1990 after Hetson left to join Bad Religion. Live recordings from their final tour were collected and placed together for the live album Gig (1992). 

Circle Jerks reunited in 1994 and recorded Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities, which came out in June 1995. It featured a cover of the Soft Boys' "I Wanna Destroy You" with backing vocals from pop singer Debbie Gibson, who also performed with the band at CBGB.

The reunion was ultimately short-lived. Though they would perform together now and then in the late 1990s, the band's original bassist, Roger Rogerson, died of a drug overdose in 1996 at just 41. Morris also announced that he had been diagnosed with diabetes in 1999. 

Still, Morris, Hetson, Schloss, and drummer Kevin Fitzgerald toured sporadically until 2011, playing their final show that year at the Bluebird Theater in Denver. In 2005, they released a live concert DVD, The Show Must Go Off!

Between 2011 and 2019, Circle Jerks were on hiatus due to internal conflict in the band. In 2019, however, it was announced that the band would reunite in 2020 for the 40th anniversary of their debut album, Group Sex. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to postpone and they instead reunited in 2021. That same year, Joey Castillo from Danzig and Queens of the Stone Age joined Circle Jerks on drums. 

An anniversary tour is currently scheduled for 2022.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 78 reviews
  • Rating: 4 out of 5

    Circle Jerks delivered, but Adolescents steal the show

    by BGHokie13 on 4/8/24The Ritz - Raleigh

    Obviously I was there to see Descendents. And they are as good as advertised … as always. This was the first time seeing Circle Jerks since 1986. While I don’t know every song I. Their catalog, I felts the show was pretty damn good. Keith (as he pointed out, is 68 years old. That didn’t show during his performance. He did tend to ramble a little bit between songs, but I enjoyed the history of SoCal punk. What really stole the show was Adolescents. They were just awesome. I was least familiar with their songs outside of their first album. But damn they ripped! My 17 yr old son only ever heard Amoeba…and he really liked their show. Biggest surprise of the night and worth getting their for the start of the show.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Best night ever!

    by Ashyknees420 on 4/8/24The Ritz - Raleigh

    We went as a family, so it was my daughters first punk show! It was phenomenal!! She got to crowd surf and we had the best family night!

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Catch 'Em While You Can

    by Mr. Peaches on 4/5/24The Masquerade - Heaven - Atlanta

    This marked my second time seeing them in recent years. Prior to that, it was in the mid-80s. They've still got it. An excellent show.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Where it all started

    by Gman on 4/2/24Revolution Live at the Backyard - Ft Lauderdale

    This was a great concert It was great to go back to the 1980s hard-core punk era and they still got it going on. It was outdoors at the revolution crowd good concert good representation punks not dead.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Great Time!

    by Nova on 4/1/24Civic Theatre - New Orleans

    I haven’t seen the em play since High School. Had a great night with good friends. Bands were awesome.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Fun and Tight

    by King on 3/30/24Civic Theatre - New Orleans

    The venue was pretty good but the bands were the real highlight. They came on right on time, the sound was great, and didn’t stick around for an unpleasant amount of time.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Ear Adrenaline

    by Red on 3/30/24Civic Theatre - New Orleans

    Great Gig , I’m glad I finally got to see them, got me so pumped up! They are without doubt ageless and hearing and seeing them was an amazing experience

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Great music with great company

    by GearMo on 3/23/24House of Blues Houston - Houston

    Arrived during first few songs and the merch line was extremely long. It stayed that way the entire night. Way over the top merch line security grabbing people and shoving them around. Find a better easier non being yelled at way for us to spend money on merch. That side the bands were freaking great! Bring them back often please!

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Amazing Show - Minus the Merch Line

    by Old Man on 3/22/24House of Blues Houston - Houston

    All 3 bands were amazing and put on an incredible show. This is why I would give it 5 stars. The only complaint I have was that the merch lines were incredibly long and extremely slow. I know of several people who just gave up on it all together (self-included). I saw a few people in the line when I first arrived at Door Opening who were still in line at the end of the show.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    For my kids

    by Serena on 3/22/24House of Blues Houston - Houston

    Personally, I liked the venue's size. It was small and intimate. Everyone working the show was nice and seemed genuinely excited for us all. The ONLY thing I did not enjoy was the shoving. Which isn't something the venue could control. I was there with my kids, who LOVED each of the artists, and it seemed like every time we would be getting into a song, someone was shoving us all around to get out of the crowd and then come back. Over and over again. My son is 12, and short. So we kept having to shift a few steps so he could even see over all the taller people. That part almost made it unenjoyable. But the music was great. And everything else was wonderful.