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. The band was formed in Oxford in 1982 by Pat Fish and Max Eider. The début album in Bath of Bacon was released by Glass Records in 1983. A second album A Scandal in Bohemia, also on Glass, featured guest appearances from David J and Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus.
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The album closes with two great Jazz Butcher compositions which are something of a throwback to earlier numbers; Bad Dream Lover is about those lost chances with a woman and The Good Ones has a melancholy sound to wrap up the album. On Cult Of The Basement, released in 1990, we get a hyper-frazzled Butcher. Is this his drug album? It sounds like it was recorded with the downer of alcohol and the uppers of speed. It does have high production values which gives a polished sound to the mayhem. There is The Kinks’ sounding Mr Odd and the distorted, heavy sound and paranoia of Panic 109. Girl Go has a mixture of rhythms and styles but with an over-arching dream world sound to it. It ends with Sister of Death which is something of a rock ballad. It’s a great song that delivers the sucker punch to a great album. The final album in the collection is Condition Blue, released 1991.
The ‘Butcher’ delivered a gaggle of albums and many 45s for Glass from 1983 to 1986, the jacket notes on the dusty tome that recalls this period mentions Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased), Thatcher, DIY post-punk, LSD, surrealist cabaret, The Velvet Underground, a bottle of Cointreau or two, the Amstrad 7090 and Ronco’s ‘Black Magic’ compilation. Distressed Gentlefolk’, ahead of the original band’s demise through fatigue and liquor was the Butcher’s stab at making their greatest album ever. A beautifully romantic record of soft rock ballads and jazzy torch songs, enthused Trouser Press. There’s a folky edge scratching away beside the inevitable romp through pop music’s historical lineage.
It's a whole new swinging psychedelic thing. A sonic journey that takes The Jazz Butcher from a Weather Prophets-propelled rock ‘n’ roll visionary through to a lean jazz-tinged pop exponent. Underlining the clever lyrics, witticisms, one-liners, melancholy, irony and conceptualisation of main man Pat Fish that came to maturity across his previous four albums collected on Fire and much praised later last year as ‘The Wasted Years’. The Violent Years, by The Jazz Butcher.
After leaving Glass Records and moving to Creation Records in the late '80s, the Jazz Butcher recorded a brace of fine albums, four of which are collected on 2018's The Violent Years. The band's leader, Pat Fish, embarked on this new venture without recently-gone-solo guitarist Max Eider, but with a vision for big pop songs, epic ballads, and still the occasional moment of eccentricity. The first album released on Creation was 1998's Fishcotheque, and it was an auspicious debut.