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13 releases between 1983 & 2012
2012
Last of the Gentleman Adventurers
Crowd-funded in under 12 hours, recorded on 2" tape, lush and warm..
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2000
Rotten Soul
Well, I'm back from America. We had a good old time of it, and by the end of the tour we had worked 5 songs off the new record into our live set. The title of the new waxing, incidentally, is Rotten Soul.
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1995
Illuminate
New JBC lp duly completed in secure Northampton location. 1994 live line-up stumbled through a series of tunes and such under Butcher's direction, aided and abetted by a number of the usual suspects; Alex Lee on guitar, Alex Green on saxes, that sort of thing.
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( Creation LP;CD UK )
1993
Waiting For The Love Bus
There's a clean, simple sound to a lot of this that Condition Blue detractors might appreciate. I'm ten years older now than when I made Bath, and right now, after all that morbid stuff, it only really feels like about three. There's rockin' shit and there's a big ballad or two and some weird little pop songs and a nice family sing-along about penguins. I hope you like it.
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1991
Condition Blue
For all the pain and crap from which this record was made, the actual sessions were a gigantic and wonderful party. This was warmly received by The Outside World, less popular among those who counted themselves JBC afficionados. This IS the sound of me having fun, and getting me to do that in those dark days of mid-1991 was no small job.
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1990
Cult Of The Basement
If things seemed weird back in February 1989, when we made this baby, the Weird were going shopping on bikes. In a farmhouse in the dead of winter, in personal circumstances too bizarre and complex to relate, we set about making our "commercial suicide" album. For the first time, I felt, we had made an album that really sounded like us. This record does have personality. One of my favourites, this.
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1989
Big Planet, Scarey Planet
Early 1989 was, indeed a strange and desperate time after all that triumphalist Tory looting that had been going on. We listened to a lot of hip-hop and soul music at the time, and I think that we considered ourselves sufficiently HARD to take the whole fucker on in an l.p. Possibly with a more "clued-in" producer and a bit more self-discipline we could have come up with something like what we were looking for.
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1988
Fishcotheque
Having ended up on Creation Records, which I took as a bit of a validation, I was keen to get as far away from all those "w" words that had followed my group around. The sessions were chaotic and funny. What disappoints me is that it came out sounding so SMOOTH and tidy. But I like Fishcotheque; I wish there more records as good as it.
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1986
Distressed Gentlefolk
We were deeply confused young men when we made this record. Max, Jones and I had all been drinking dangerously for over a year now. Generally, we had it down in concert. In just about every other department, however, we were coming to bits, individually and collectively, and to me this record actually shows the morbid state of things at the time.
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Conspiracy
Ever wondered what Max and I get up to away from the glamour of the modern stage? No, probably not, but let me tell you that there is nothing we like better that to get our teeth into those Big Questions.
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( Glass LP UK )
1985
Sex And Travel
Having exhausted the initial stick of JB songs, I was obliged for the first time to write about my life as it was at the time. I think that now we had started to learn about actually creating recordings rather than just recording the sound of a bunch of pals fooling around. This one I'd actually defend at length if I had to.
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1984
A Scandal In Bohemia
The Albatross. A record, I feel, of its time. We were young(ish) and cocky and I think it shows. I still haven't learned to sing on this one, which bugs me too. Still, it was cheap and cheerful, and it helped us to meet an awful lot of people.
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1983
Bath Of Bacon
It's really just the sound of a few mates failing to take seriously the fact they they've got an l.p. to make. It seems VERY early eighties now, but you must remember that there was a LOT of crap for us to clear out of the way in those days.
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( Glass LP;CD UK )

EPs

2 releases between 1986 & 1988
1988
Spooky EP
Thanks for the money. We'll be spending it on weapons and drugs. The first thing that you have to understand about this disc is that it is not an L.P.: it is a single and a radio session nailed together for your amusement.
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1986
Conspiracy
Ever wondered what Max and I get up to away from the glamour of the modern stage? No, probably not, but let me tell you that there is nothing we like better that to get our teeth into those Big Questions.
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( Glass LP EP UK )

Singles

24 releases between 1983 & 2015
2015
1996
Come, Friendly Spacemen
The single features: Come, Friendly Spacemen, Monks Of Kung Fu, and Come, Friendly Spacemen (version)
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Come, Friendly Spacemen (Club)
There is a limited-edition vinyl 12" single in the clubs, featuring the long version of Come, Friendly Spacemen alongside re-mixed by Tom Withers of drum n bass combo Override and Johnny Octopus of Octopus Records. The "Sushi" mix is a full on, dark-hearted progressive house tune with an evil bass; the "Jackson Hole" Mix is an insane collision between stadium pop and drum & bass which has to be heard to be believed. The 12" will also feature Monks Of Kung Fu. Any DJ is urged to get in touch with Creation to get a copy.
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( 12" single,project=Sumosonic )
1995
Sixteen Years
At a time when there would appear to be no need for it, here they come again. That Purveyor of some of the most heavenly and enduring pop non-hits you're ever likely to hear has regrouped his gang of aging sociopaths and built himself, in the barns and sheds of Northamptonshire, a band.
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1993
1991
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( Shock single Australia )
1990
She's On Drugs

Double A sided single for the Australian market.

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( Shock 7" single Australia )
1989
New Invention
We trust that you will get off on it.
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1988
[Spooky 12
( 12" single )
[Spooky 7
( Creation 7" single )
1987
Speedy Gonzalez
Chock full of acoustically and lively delivered cover tunes. Essential.
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( Glass 7" single )
1986
Hard
This record is all about love. Don't let the psychic molestation syndrome get to you. This is our loudest record to date, which is something to do with the elephants.
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( BigTime 7" single Australia )
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( BigTime 7" single Australia )
1985
Real Men
Real Men, the kind who never sit together on buses in case they get their medallions tangled.
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The Human Jungle
The title comes from a rather noir little TV series from the early Sixties wherein the great Herbert Lom played the extremely sexy and not entirely unbrilliant Dr. Alexander Kordu, a psychiatrist with the handy ability to sort out even the most appalling cases within sixty minutes.
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( Glass 7" single )
1984
Marnie
An attempt to force a meeting between the steaming tropical jungles of Bangladesh (where the tigers live) and the frozen stepps of Siberia (where the Siberian tigers live).
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1983
Southern Mark Smith
Recorded in the summer of 1983 in a place called Wellingborough, a small town in the middle of England where even the children are scarey!
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Live

4 releases between 1985 & 2012
2012
No Known Predators
The Wilson DVD, entitled No Known Predators, is to be released on Friday 7th September 2012.
2000
Glorious And Idiotic
The last thing anybody expected was a new Jazz Butcher album in the year 2000. But there is one, and it's just the sort of thing that you hardcore JBC listeners are going to enjoy. The record is called "Glorious and Idiotic" and it is released on 26th January 2000 on ROIR.
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1993
Western Family
For loonie completists only, for sure, though, if you listen through the muck, you'll see that we did our bit.
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( CD live )
1985
Hamburg
We were all disappointed at the way this came out. The concert was great, but logistics prevented us from making anything much more than a glorified bootleg. Still, live albums are best as souvenirs anyway, so I guess some people regard it fondly. Lots of entertaining photos to look at anyway...
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( Glass/Rebel LP live )

Comps.

10 releases between 1985 & 2017
2017
The Wasted Years
This item will be released on October 20, 2017.

Featuring ‘Bath Of Bacon’, ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’, ‘Sex And Travel’ and ‘Distressed Gentlefolk’.

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( Fire Records 4xCD compilation UK )
2003
The Jazz Butcher's Free Lunch
"You're not a band. You're a crack team of international restaurant critics" - Curtis E. Johnson
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2001
Cake City
Glass-era compilation.
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1997
¡Excellent! The Violent Years
Millions of years ago, dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Today the Galileo Space Probe orbits mighty planet Jupiter. The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy first appeared in June 1982 in the back room of the Black Lion in Northampton. They finally drank the bar dry in a small town in in Mallorca on the 20th August 1996
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1996
Draining The Glass
Glass Records era compilation.
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1992
Unconditional
One of the better Creation-era compilations. Canadian release.
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1991
Edward's Closet
So you've got a CD player, have you? I've got a headache and an abiding dislike of expensive food crews in dumb baseball hats. I've been in Edward's Closet and he wasnt't in. "That JBC", they mutter at the bus-stop, "turned left at the light a Long Time Ago".
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1987
1986
Bloody Nonsense
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.
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1985
The Gift Of Music
This record collects together the various singles that have been issued in England to date under the much-abused name of the Jazz Butcher, to wit: me. I rather like having them all in one place like this - it makes for a nice, noisey muck-it-up sort of disc that is ideal for leisure time at home, on the beach, in you local club.... hell, ANYWHERE!!!
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Projects

5 releases between 1991 & 2012
2012
No Known Predators
The Wilson DVD, entitled No Known Predators, is to be released on Friday 7th September 2012.
1998
This Is Sumo
This inaugural disk is decidedly un-Butcheresque, with a keyboard-heavy attack of quasi-techno rhythms. Pat was known to dabble in reverb and noise, but the results were moody, melancholy textures, quite unlike the flash of This is Sumo.
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1996
Come, Friendly Spacemen
The single features: Come, Friendly Spacemen, Monks Of Kung Fu, and Come, Friendly Spacemen (version)
[Come, Friendly Spacemen cover thumbnail]
Come, Friendly Spacemen (Club)
There is a limited-edition vinyl 12" single in the clubs, featuring the long version of Come, Friendly Spacemen alongside re-mixed by Tom Withers of drum n bass combo Override and Johnny Octopus of Octopus Records. The "Sushi" mix is a full on, dark-hearted progressive house tune with an evil bass; the "Jackson Hole" Mix is an insane collision between stadium pop and drum & bass which has to be heard to be believed. The 12" will also feature Monks Of Kung Fu. Any DJ is urged to get in touch with Creation to get a copy.
[Come, Friendly Spacemen (Club) cover thumbnail]
( 12" single,project=Sumosonic )
1991
The Black Eg
Karel's two brothers, Otto and Emil, arrived in Vienna, having taken advantage of the new freedoms introduced by the enlightened government of Vaclav Havel, and Karel obtained in a second hand store and ancient sequential circuits drum machine and a primitive sampler. The Black Eg was born.
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( CD;LP project=The Black Eg )

Various

20 releases between 1983 & 2016
2016
VA: Abus Dangereux #126
Contribution: Animals
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( CD various France )
2013
VA: Northampton Under Glass II
Contribution: Shame About You
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2000
VA: Songs For Summer
Contribution: Indian Summer (Beats Happening)

Last year, before everything went all Butcher-shaped, a young man from California asked me to contribute to a charity compilation album in memory of his unfortunate girlfriend, who died real young. The money goes to help disadvantaged and abused kids with art projects.

I contributed a track, recorded on Curtis' computer. It's a version of "Indian Summer" as written by the Beat Happening, and recorded by Luna and Spectrum.

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1995
VA: Creation Unreleased
Contribution: President Chang (remix)

Note: The back cover mistakenly lists the Jazz Butcher track as "President Gang". The information printed on the CD itself is correct. This CD was a "promotional only" issue.

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( Creation CD various )
1994
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( mini CD various France )
1991
VA: American Pensioners On Ecstasy
Contribution: Girl-Go

Another track from that L.A. babe, Deirdre O'Donoghue's radio show.

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( Creation various )
1990
VA: Pensioners On Ecstasy
Contribution: Mr. Odd
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( Creation various )
1988
VA: Doing It For The Kids
Contribution: Looking For Lot 49
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( Creation various )
1987
VA: Oozing Through the Ozone Layer
Contribution: Elephant Man

This very rare cassette was compiled by Mark Webber and released on his bedroom-based label. The sleeve features artwork by Natty Brooker of Spacemen 3 (who are featured on the cassette) and Spiritualized. The drawing is also titled Oozing Through the Ozone Layer.

Source: Pulp Wiki
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( Globe of Bulbs cassette various )
VA: The BigTime Syndrome
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1986
VA: Abigail's Birthday Party
Contribution: Olof Palme

The Jazz Butcher contribution coincided with the release of The Gift of Music. Here again, this compilation-tape came with a fanzine and was also available as a limited package with the "Uncle Arthur's Pop Parlour" compilation-tape in addition.

Credit: Perfection As A Hipster (Tuesday, 10th of October 2000 - 16 years 352 days ago)
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( cassette various )
VA: Gunfire & Pianos
Contribution: Lost In France

The Jazz Butcher contribution subsequently appeared as an additional track on The Gift of Music.

Credit: Perfection As A Hipster (Tuesday, 10th of October 2000 - 16 years 352 days ago)
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( Situation Two various )
VA: 50,000 Glass Fans Can't Be Wrong
Contribution: City Of Night

Note: Limited edition on clear vinyl. The Jazz Butcher contribution subsequently appeared on the Big Questions LP/CD. Having said that, this album also includes an early studio version of " Leaving It Up To You (John Cale) " by Max Eider with Pat Fish on guitar as well as "Fear (Is A Man's Best Friend)" by David J. and a different version of "2:35" by Spacemen 3 amongst others.

Credit: Perfection As A Hipster (Tuesday, 10th of October 2000 - 16 years 352 days ago)
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( Glass various )
VA: A Big Time Sampler
Contribution: Big Bad Thing

Also includes tracks from Love Tractor, The Pastels, and The Lucy Show

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( BigTime 7" various )
1985
VA: Abstract #5
Contribution: Leaving It Up To You (John Cale)
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( Sweatbox various )
VA: 1000 Songs
Contribution: Holiday

This release of the German newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung" combines a book and a CD.

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( CD/booklet various Germany )
1984
VA: Another Spark
Contribution: Inside Your Heart (Velvet Underground)
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( Another Spark cassette various )
VA: Shadow and Substance
Contribution: Affection (Jonathan Richman)

A lovely interpretation of the Jonathan Richman classic which was originally released in 1979 on the Back In Your Life LP by Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers.

Credit: Perfection As A Hipster (Tuesday, 10th of October 2000 - 16 years 352 days ago)
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( Glass various )
VA: What A Nice Way To Turn Seventeen # 3
Contribution: Water
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( Rather Records various )
1983
VA: What A Nice Way To Turn Seventeen # 2
Contribution: The Chinese Envoy (John Cale)

The Jazz Butcher cover version is unavailable elsewhere. Interestingly enough, the same must be said about the other contributions ... The Rag Dolls were an early and short-living band of Dave Kusworth (Jacobites), Missionary Boy features Nikki Sudden himself on vocals (and is therefore better than the version that appears on The Bible Belt LP with Lizard on vocals) while Sad Go Round was The Swell Maps (!) in disguise. Obviously essential, this highly sought after split single came with a fanzine.

Credit: Perfection As A Hipster (Tuesday, 10th of October 2000 - 16 years 352 days ago)
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( Rather Records various )
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  • where can i find it
    dslichacz[at]-remove-hotmail.com - dave, canada
    15Dec2014 6:25 PM (2 years 283 days ago)
    Where can I find Scandal in Bohemia/ Sex and travel?

    I need to know, I had the disc but since lost it and want to replace it.
    if anyone knows where I can find it please let me know.

    thanks
  • Lost Album
    pcruz[at]-remove-netcabo.pt - Paulo Oporto
    21Nov2012 2:58 AM (4 years 307 days ago)
    I recently had access to a double album, allegedly a compilation named 'Girl Go, The Best Of Creation Years' that I don't find in The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy discography.
    Is it possible that I got in touch with a bootleg/unofficial release ?
  • The Compile Scandal and Sex & Travel
    richarthur[at]-remove-yahoo.com - Rich formerly of Canada
    28Jan2010 2:49 AM (7 years 240 days ago)
    Hi Pat, I feel compelled to add that the single CD "A Scandal in Bohemia/Sex & Travel" was in my player non-stop for a few years in the late 80's. A soundtrack to university.
    I enjoyed your discography comments. Any comments on this one?
    thanks,
  • old times
    harlan777[at]-remove-hotmail.com - tony foster
    27Dec2007 4:53 PM (9 years 273 days ago)
    alrite pat!!!!!!!!!!!!
    you probably dont remeber me 1992 wat a year,
    just saw the page and thought Id say hi were can i download some songs??
  • Gentlefolk
    masmojo[at]-remove-sbcglobal.net - masmojo
    3Dec2007 1:17 PM (9 years 297 days ago)
    Thanks Pat, One of my favorite shows of all time was the time I saw JBC [at]-remove-Rockafellers(SP?) in Houston! I don't think there was many there, but it was magic! I believe that was around the release of Big Planet, Scary Planet. Maybe you could get with the guys [at]-remove-House of Blues for a N.A. Tour? We got one here now & I would sure be there!! Listening to Condition Blue for the first time as I type this! Really nice! ;-)