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The Jazz Butcher Releases Bloody Nonsense
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Classification: Compilation
Country: USA, Canada, Australia
Label: BigTime
Catalogue: 10014-1
Date: Apr1986
Recorded: in England, Late 1983/Early 1986
A-Side
The Human Jungle
Southern Mark Smith (Original)
President Reagan's Birthday Present
The Jazz Butcher Meets the Prime Minister
Partytime
Jazz Butcher -v- Count Dracula (Cassette only)
Grooving In The Bus Lane
B-Side
Death Dentist
Big Saturday
Caroline Wheeler's Birthday Present
D.R.I.N.K.
Rain
Real Men (Cassette only)
The Devil Is My Friend

Credits
Pat Fish - Vocals, Guitar
Max Eider - Guitar, Vocals
Owen Jones - Drums, Vocals
Felix Ray - Bass, Vocals
David J. - Bass, Vocals
Rolo McGinty - Bass on Southern Mark Smith
Kevin Haskins - Drums on Southern Mark Smith
Alice Thompson - Organ on Southern Mark Smith
Paul Taylor - Trombone on D.R.I.N.K.
John A. Rivers - producer
David E. Barker - producer
Tony Harris - producer
The Conspiracy - producer
Mitch Jenkins - photography
Alastair Indge - photography
Jeff Price - sleeve
Lendon Flanagan - sleeve
Liner Notes
The Jazz Butcher first appeared in Bohemian London in 1983, clutching a battered acoustic guitar called Lenin and looking for a place to stay. His origins remain unclear to this day. Some say that he swam to safety from the wreck of doomed Liberian supertanker Gonzolo; others that he had been planted by Speznaz to subject the English legal profession. The most credible theory is that he had formerly been hiding out in darkest rural Northamptonshire.. plotting. What was in his mind is only too blatantly set forth within the grooves of this disc: A semi-literate pub-crawl through the swamp of rock's rich tapestry, laced with self-destructive recreational pursuits and maddened by the buzzing of a thousand punk rock guitars. Not that the sound of the Jazz Butcher and his Sikkorskis from hell (for it is they that are likely to relate to your scrambled transatlantic notions of what constitutes Le Pernk). Press him on the subject and he will sputter through the special brew, "of course we're a punk group - because we do what we want to do" fair. As they say, enough. To me, though, the Butcher's axe grinds somewhere along the non-existent fusion between soul music and the sort of dirty pop that failed to make the Velvet Underground famous. Not that this would take into account the skiffy suicide that constitutes President Reagan's Birthday Present , or the bittersweet cushioning that cradels the decidedly neurotic Big Saturday . And Max Eider's D.R.I.N.K. (dedicated to his hobby) is another sack of potatoes altogether. The Jazz Butcher and his group are not in the business of belonging; they are too old and too obstreperous to conform to some attention-seeking image or commercially viable formula. Rather, they bring their not inconsiderable talents to bear on whatever happens to be in the way at the time. The results can only be described as essential.

C. C. Dämmerung, Sinful Beat Magazine

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Bloody Nonsense
Loved this album, needs to be on a CD...I still have a tape copy from the 80's. Don't know if I still have the vinyl...think I lent it to a college buddy back then...but I always taped them and listened to tapes...ahhh the days when a Walkman was HIGH Tech.
Todd 8Jan2016 5:01 PM
BN on CD
Can always burn it onto CD from the fine vinyl, which is what I've done. Then transfer to the ol' iPod and somehow what kept you alive in 1986 is still mysteriously doing its important work in 2012.
DE, Arlington, VA 4Jan2012 6:58 AM
No CD ,,, bloody nonsense if you ask me.
Another vote for a CD release of this great album which I listened to via a tape a mate recorded from his album in the late 80s early 90s, until it was stolen from my car ... BUGGER.
Tom, UK (ex-New Zealand) 29Nov2011 2:21 PM
David J
Hi. Dunno who actually reads this cyberbabble, but I thought I'd give the written word a try. I Met Mr. Pat Fish & Max Eider several moons ago in Chapel Hill, NC. (I arranged the sneaky surprise with David J before the show.) ANYHOOOOOOO, one question: can you PLEASE either release "Bloody Nonsense" or kill me now?! Just let me know which to expect. Thanks. x to the o
Jennifer, Charlotte, NC, USA 19Nov2011 8:08 AM
CD please!
I sat in my 79' Nova listening to this tape on my lunch break almost every day. The tape got eaten by my player. I loved this tape. For the love of all that is conspiratorial release it on CD!!!
Jimmi - Calif. USA 11Jun2010 2:37 AM
CD Please
please release Bloody nonsense on CD, I have many of your albums on CD and it is a shame that this wonderful compilation hasnt joined them in my collection. I have a cassette version. Also anyone know where there are CD copies of A gift of Music parts I & II?
Lord Grazer Edmonton 15Jan2010 8:28 AM
Blatant Need
Now that I have had various songs from this stuck in my head on and off for the last few months I really need you to release this on CD. Begging is not something I usually stoop to but this would be worth it. Please. Please. Pretty pretty pretty pretty please. One little CD release.
Please?
Susan 20Nov2009 6:35 PM
Bloody Nonsense CD needed
Ummm, yeah, we're going to need you to release Bloody Nonsense on CD, OK? Yeah... OK. Good talk, good talk.

PS: I understand the reasons for not releasing it on CD before (not the dumb ones, but the ones that used to make sense), but it's 2009 now. So... off you go.
Michael, Indianapolis 7May2009 9:21 AM
I still Miss This
My mate gave me a tape of this in the late 80s he recorded off his album. What a great set of tracks - it disappeared when my car was burgled mid-90s and I've never been the same since. CD ?
Tom, Wilts (NZ Import) 13Sep2008 12:37 PM
Oh! The Pain.....
I had Bloody Nonsense on cassette.
Played it all summer (1986) long. Somehow it got away from me. Finally I decided to go on one last search through my stuff. I was on a mission! After an hour or so, I found a bag with a bunch of old tapes in it. And there it was...or so I thought.The case was empty!!!!!
Please release this on CD!
Roger Winnipeg 17Jun2008 7:52 PM
Pleeeeeze
Bloody nonsense, bloody 'ell - the world, not too mention me, needs this one now!
J2V - Over the rainbow 1Mar2008 7:41 PM
Bloody Nuisance
OK and blah blah. This is the JB album that so many of us heard first. Can someone kindly explain why it is impossible to release this on CD? I know it is a compilation but so what?! So is Abba Gold and I see that shit everywhere. Just put it out -- charge $20 bucks if you want to. I am so tired of playing my LP once a year to keep it from wearing out too soon. I got $20 -- and I am dying to give it to the JB in exchange for this CD. Make it happen, Powers That Be and I'll get off my soapbox about why in God's name this record is like the only one never printed on CD in the entire history of CDs.
Pete in Richmond, VA 21Feb2008 9:35 PM
On CD?
When will this great album be released on CD? My sister stole my LP years ago and I just want this on CD
chris brookfield, illinois, usa 26Jan2007 9:18 AM
Music/The Jazz Butcher
HELP! Where can get a copy.....preferably CD? Nowhere to be found....I've been trying for over 15 years.
Dan Detroit 10Oct2006 5:12 PM
Bloody Brilliant
I fell in love with Bloody Nonsense when it was introduced to me as a 14 yr old, living in Toronto. My pal Ian got turned onto the album (vinyl was still the thing then to a greater degree) and it was he in turn that made me listen to it. I was immediately fascinated with the bizarre lyrical content as well as being drawn to the infectious melodies.

It's hard to pick one track over another in terms of a personal favourite, but I still catch myself now and again humming "Human Jungle", "Death Dentist", or "Caroline Wheeler's Birthday Present" (which I didn't know was originally titled "Ronald Regan's ..." in reference to the downing of KAL 007 over the Soviet Union back in the good ol' Cold War days).

This album has staying power. It had a huge influence on me as an aspiring singer/songwriter and its reverberations echo still.

I'd love to see you visit Toronto Pat. I never had the pleasure back in the day. If you need a local opening act ... www.myspace.com/leviride

Cheers
Paul -- Toronto, Canada 1Sep2006 12:42 PM
I'm digitizing this tape...can't find it anywhere.
I have the American tape and it lists it as:

Side One:
The Human Jungle
Southern Mark Smith
President Reagan's Birthday Present
Jazz Buthcher vs. Prime Minister
Partytime
Grooving in the Bus Lane
Count Dracula

Side Two:
Death Dentist
Big Saturday
Caline Wheeler's Birthday Present
Drink
Rain
The Devil is my Friend
Real Men

AllMusic.com lists it as:

The Human Jungle
Southern Mark Smith
Real Men
Soul Happy Hour
Hard
Water
Death Dentist
Big Saturday
Caline Wheeler's Birthday Present
Partytime
Girlfriend
Grooving in the Bus Lane
The Devil is my Friend

Pretty different lineup from (what I'm assuming is) the Canadian
release. I hope this helps figure something out.
Orange County, Calif. 10Nov2005 9:43 PM
blood and nonsense
Yes, I know the story. Dave Barker at Glass signed separate
licensing deals with Big Time in the USA and Polygram in
Canada. Polygram were almost unique among Canadian majors
at the time, inasmuch as they weren't just run as a minor
appendage of the American parent company but actually had a
policy of their own. Astonishingly, this involved signing the JBC,
as two of the A&R staff up at Polygram had taken a severe shine
to the band. Because of their own personal tastes and, perhaps,
a better understanding of the market in the Great White North,
they changed the tracklisting for the Bloody Nonsense
compilation. Basically, the version with the mauve cover is the
American issue, the one with the rather nicer deep blue cover
the Canadian. The US version features the bouncy 45 version of
Southern Mark Smith with Kevin on the drums and Rolo on the
bass, whereas the Canadian version features the "Big Return"
mix from the Scandal in Bohemia LP with Kevin's brother David
on the bass and Owen on the drums. So there you have it: two
nations, two versions of the same record, two different members
of Bauhaus. The history of the JBC is rich and strange.
NN1 11Sep2005 4:58 PM
Bloody Nonsense about Bloody Nonsense
The songs on my copy of Bloody Nonsense do not match what this website claims is the list of songs on this album. Apparently there were at least two versions of this album produced. Does anyone know what the story is on this?
10Sep2005 1:00 PM
Bloody Nonsense
My boyfriend taped this for me back when I was at McGill University in Montreal (Canada) in 1986. Haven't listened to it in years, but reading the lyrics to "Big Saturday" made my stomach go all funny, thinking about that wonderful time in my life. A bloody great album.
London UK 9Aug2005 9:23 AM
wow. just wow
I am the lucky one I guess. this album was my first jazz butcher I ever heard. my favorite record store owner played it for me in the 80's, and I got a copy. since then I got another to hold on to for when mine wore out, as well as the beat up copy I first heard. I also found an import version with a blue cover and different songs I snatched up. so I have 4 copies in one form or another, and it's the first I will burn to cd for my own personal car use.
Windham, ME USofA 28Jan2005 10:10 AM
Lost in Australia
Lost my tape of this brilliant record on a 24-hour bus ride from Airlie Beach to Melbourne in 1990. I have been crying ever since....
Chicago, USofA 7Jan2005 2:38 PM
Bloody nonsense
I can add to the sadness: Haven't heard the album in years, and I agree it is a freaking great album. I actually owned it twice...both times on cassette. One melted on my dashboard in Tucson, AZ. The other (bought days after the first one melted) remains at large somewhere in...I believe...the collection of someone who does not return things they borrow...
Boulder, CO, USA 4Oct2004 9:30 PM
I found it
I took a trip to victoria bc and found bloody nonsense on vinyl. It was a sweeeet find to say the least. I also recently purchased draining the glass, the 82-86 compilation. The search for hamburg continues however. I have a lead in vermont and am awaiting a reply. Cmon Pat you must have a copy laying around lol.
jasper fan 29Jan2004 10:50 PM
It's Only Heavy Drinking.....
Long ago, I filched the cassette from the record store I was working at. I can't remeber how I first came to notice JB, but this quickly became a staple of my rotation of 'clever albums no one heard of'. I don't recall ever meeting anyone who enjoyed it as much as me. I bought other JB albums, and while OK, none of them approached "Bloody Non-Sense".
Sixpac Fursur 4Aug2003 8:27 PM
Bloody Awful
This is without a doubt the best fucking album ever recorded. Notice I say album and not CD, godamit. My best memory of this album is wandering around Pikes Place Market in Seattle on a bright windy day, trying to ditch my parents, loving being alive, listening to bloody nonesent on my slightly battered walkman and wondering just what the fuck WAS Caroline Wheeler's birthday present. Ah, but I don't really want to know... it's like a Fellini movie, you don't really understand what the fuck that crazy Italion devil was trying to say but you wanted to watch the movie over and over and over anyway.
Lorelei Melonia Jordan Jones 31Jul2003 10:29 PM
butcher
I still have the cassette but it is in rough shape. I also have Hamburg on vinyl but it is near death. This music still means alot to me. I saw him live back in these days and would love to again!
jasper fan 16Mar2003 11:42 AM
Sad
Just wanted to add my name to the list of saddened folks that can't get a copy Bloody Nonsense. Loved it back in school. Not a trace now (sniffle, tear).
Mikey 8Nov2002 8:38 AM
no one knows how to get these cd's????
is there not anyone who knows how to get these cd's?????
miami 5Apr2001 7:15 PM
Bloody Nonsence
I have been looking for a CD version of this release for quite some time now. I have never really been a strong supporter of napster but i was able to download every single song from this CD. I just completed my last download (Rain)
killer 7Mar2001 8:06 PM
So much for that idea!
I was hoping there'd be cache of Bloody Nonsenses somewhere under the sun, but the rest of the writers seem to be in the same dilemma. You hear an album in college, you borrow it from a friend and tape it onto a cheaperino C-60, and you intend, intend, intend to buy your own copy someday. 14 years later, you're still singing "Soul Happy Hour" in the shower and wondering if that damn records on CD yet!
Toronto, ON 21Jul2000 8:36 AM