The Jazz Butcher

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The Jazz Butcher
Also known as The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy
The Jazz Butcher And His Sikkorskis From Hell
Origin Oxford, England
Genres Indie pop, Jangle pop
Years active 1982–2000, 2012
Labels Glass, Creation, Vinyl Japan
Website http://www.jazzbutcher.com/
Past members Pat Fish
Max Eider
Felix Ray
Mr. O.P. Jones
Kizzy O'Callaghan
Laurence O'Keefe
Paul Mulreany
Alex Green
Alex Lee
Richard Formby
Joe Allen
Dooj Wilkinson
Nick Burson
Peter Crouch
Pascal Legras
Mark Bown
Gabriel Turner
Dave Henderson
Owen Jones
Pat Bierne
Curtis E. Johnson

The Jazz Butcher, also known as The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy and The Jazz Butcher And His Sikkorskis From Hell, are a British musical group founded by Pat Fish.

History[edit]

The band was formed in Oxford in 1982 by Pat Fish, who had previously been a member of Wow Federation while at university in the city, with Max Eider.[1] The début album in Bath of Bacon was released by Glass Records in 1983.[1] A second album A Scandal in Bohemia featured guest appearances from David J and Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus.[1] Fish signed to Creation Records in 1988, releasing eight albums on the label, culminating in 1995's Illuminate.[1]

Lyrical themes[edit]

Their oeuvre is blackly humorous with such topics as Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, an unrequited crush on Shirley MacLaine, and an ode to SF writer Harlan Ellison. The song "Sister Death" is not about the comic book character, but was inspired by the last words of Saint Francis of Assisi, "Welcome, Sister Death".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • In Bath of Bacon (1983), Glass
  • A Scandal in Bohemia (1984), Glass
  • Sex and Travel (1985), Glass - UK Indie #25[2]
  • Distressed Gentlefolk (1986), Glass - UK Indie #15[2]
  • Fishcotheque (1988), Creation
  • Big Planet Scarey Planet (1989), Creation
  • Cult Of The Basement (1990), Creation
  • Black Eg (1991), Creation (under the name Black Eg)
  • Condition Blue (1991), Creation
  • Waiting for the Love Bus (1993), Creation
  • Illuminate (1995), Creation
  • Rotten Soul (2000), Vinyl Japan
  • Last of the Gentleman Adventurers (2012), (self-released)

Singles[edit]

  • "Southern Mark Smith" (1983), Glass
  • "Marnie" (1984), Glass
  • "Roadrunner" (1984), Glass - UK Indie #50[2]
  • "Zombie Love" (1984)
  • "Affection" (1984)
  • "Real Men" (1985), Glass - UK Indie #34[2]
  • "The Human Jungle" (1985), Glass - UK Indie #27[2]
  • "Christmas with the Pygmies" (1985)
  • "Leaving It Up to You" (1985)
  • "Hard" (1986), Glass - UK Indie #24[2]
  • "Angels" (1986), Glass
  • "Peter Lorre" (1986)
  • "Spooky" (1988), Creation - UK Indie #19[2]
  • "New Invention" (1989), Creation
  • "We Love You" (1990), Creation
  • "She's a Yo-Yo" (1991), Skyclad
  • "Shirley MacLaine" (1991)
  • "Sweetwater" (1993)
  • "Vodka Girls" (1994)
  • "Sixteen Years" (1995), Creation

EPs[edit]

  • Conspiracy (1986), Glass - UK Indie #42[2]
  • May I (1987)
  • Girl Go (1990), Creation

Live[edit]

  • Hamburg (1985), Rebel
  • Western Family (1993), Creation
  • Glorious and Idiotic (2000), ROIR

Compilations[edit]

  • Gift of Music (1985), Glass
  • Bloody Nonsense (1986), Big Time
  • Big Questions (Gift of Music, Vol. 2) (1987), Glass
  • Edward's Closet (1991), Creation
  • Unconditional (1992)
  • Draining the Glass (1996), Nectar
  • !Excellent! The Violent Years (1997)
  • Cake City (2001), Vinyl Japan
  • The Jazz Butcher's Free Lunch (2003)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 381-2
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Lazell, Barry (1998) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4, p. 122

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