Formed in 1982, Scratch Acid's eventual permanent lineup consisted of David Yow on vocals, Brett Bradford on guitar, David Wm. Sims on bass, and Rey Washam (also of the Big Boys) on drums. The band's self-titled debut EP and subsequent album Just Keep Eating were released on Austin label Rabid Cat Records, before the band moved to Touch and Go Records for the band's scathing Berserker EP in 1987. Following the band's breakup in 1987, David Yow and David Wm. Sims went on to form the Jesus Lizard, while Rey Washam's other projects included Ministry and Helio Creed. In 1991, Touch and Go released The Greatest Gift, which collected all of Scratch Acid's recorded output.