Recorded: August 1984, Woodbine Studio, Leamington Spa
Engineered: John A. Rivers , Jonathan Dee
Production: John A. Rivers
Photography: Mitch Jenkins
Sleeve: Hunt Emerson
A-Groove: would you like to swing on a star?
B-Groove: or would you rather be a fish?
Our special thanks go to Danny Hopkins, Eric and Julian at the Grand Union, Chris Seventeen, Earl Sikkorski and, of course, to D. Elvis Barker. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have been in touch with us one way or another over the past few months: you know who you are, and we know where you live.
This record is dedicated to Big Basil and Rosemiaowrie. Enjoy it if you can - yours ever, The Butcher X.
Southern Mark Smith Soft white underbelly = Saturday Scene.
Real Men Some things never change. Notice how they never sit together on buses?
Soul Happy Hour An important personal statement.
I Need Meat Could refer to a number of things. Can it really be about road accidents? Oblique.
Just Like Betty Page Is this the sort of tune you can play to your mother?
Marnie Across the steepes the rumour runs : she's still at it, and she must be stopped!
Caroline Wheeler's Birthday Present Do you know what happens if you leave a fish too long in an elevator? Educations.
Mind Like A Playgroup Warp factor 10. A perfectly reasonable argument in my opinion.
Girlfriend Concerns a number of conflicting feelings (yes, we do have them) about the strangest summer I ever spent. Yes, it is a shame, and yes, I do miss them all. Dedicated to the free dinner circuit, and may it never ever happen again.
My Desert Not a joke. It is there, and it is waiting.
The Albatross. Since the recording of Bath Of Bacon (almost two years before this one) we had become a "proper" group. For all that, we still pooled our skills in the studio, and this isn't a bad two weeks' work.
I think that, lyrically, a lot of the songs are a bit trite and immature, and our inability to take ourselves seriously is much in evidence. 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.
I was told, incidentally, that if we released this on Glass we could expect a top global sale of 2,000. We released is on Glass and sold about 25,000 copies.
jim.harrison[at]-remove-salisbury.nhs.uk - jim wiltshire
23Jan2017 1:23 PM (29 days 6 hours ago)
One of the greatest albums of all time.To me the JB and Max at their best(they may well disagree but what do they know).All 10 songs classic,take me back to my late teens,me and my middle brother can still sing/quote the lot.
A great record that will never die and to me and my bro has stood the test of time.And we both sing it,play it and quote it to our tablet,xbox generation children and not surprisingly they love it as well.Good taste is in the genes.Cheers Pat,Max,David J and Mr jones,to me the classic JB line up
dave[at]-remove-daveungar.com - Dave, Columbus
13Nov2013 10:07 AM (3 years 101 days ago)
Podcast episode, John cuts deep into the Jazz Butcher's 1984 album, A Scandal In Bohemia. Featuring interviews with band members, Pat Fish, Max Eider, Owen Jones, and David J.
drnick[at]-remove-fionawardle.freeserve.co.uk - Fiona T Wardle. Paxton, Scottish Borders
13Oct2012 1:15 AM (4 years 132 days ago)
Just found an old tape with CWB'day Present on it from a John Peel show from lord only knows when (if you know, are you Lord?) Took me well back, well back and funky. I think the same night this was played had a session on by J+M Chain...Restorative of faith and the likes.
phil87[at]-remove-hotmail.com - dr tokyo insane
30Oct2009 5:04 AM (7 years 116 days ago)
i heard this here in perth western australia when i was 16 and my friend had just got his drivers liscence and we used to drive for miles around the sleepy city listening and having our horizons expanded. brilliant
cazzo che bel disco come mi e' piaciuto!
fabrizio.valli2[at]-remove-virgilio.it - genoa italy
23Dec2005 4:42 AM (11 years 63 days ago)
...che anno era '84 miiiii un secolo fa! questo disco ci (a me ed ai miei amichetti)ha fatto veramente divertire tantissimo... oggi probabilmente dopo 20 anni lo sto risentendo (!!!!)E' ANCORA FRESCO IRONICO insomma BELLISSIMO dovro' farlo proprio sentire ai miei fuckin' twins :)) (sono fermi ai sex pistols)...cacchio come ci andavamo giu' pesante in quegli anni........le canne che facevamo!!!!
P.S vi ho pure visto a londra nell'85!!!!! (in un clubbetto minimale)
hey are u sitt alive??????
i hope u have an italian friend!
see u again ........merry christmas and a happy new year!!!!!!!!!!!!