Circle Jerks - Herd animals

Punks from Hermosa Beach, California.

Their band comes with a name that can be understood both in the literal sense and as a metaphor.

In the first case the name refers to a group of young people who together - typically in a circle – play a game of masturbating, often as an initiation ritual; see for example the film Spetters (1980) by Paul Verhoeven.

In a metaphorical sense the term circle jerking applies when people at work, in politics or at school give each other an ego-boost without any tangible outcome.

More about circle jerking on Wikipedia, at the lemma mutual masturbation.

Active: 1979-1989; 1994-1995; 2001-present, USA

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