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June 2017 recording by the Jazz Butcher Quartet
The Blood on the Cats video compilation (by an English company called Jettisoundz) featured a video of "JB Meets Count Dracula" made in my living room at a total cost to the band of 50p. (for blood red plastic bin liners). The best bits (where Dave J ties the Goth chick to the chair) got left out, but it's still quite a laugh, and features Fantastic Orange Cat Sterling.
Credit: Pat (Monday, 10th of January 2000 - 17 years 342 days ago)

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2017
2017-04-27 The Thunderbolt, Totterdown, Bristol England
Black Raoul - Quality People
2017-04-15 The Lexington, London England
Mr. Odd
2015
2015-09-22 The MOTH Club, London England
Black Raoul - Soul Happy Hour
2015-08-29 , Northampton England
Tombé dans les pommes
2015-06-28 Chez Geronimo, Bordeaux France
Tombé dans les pommes - Black Raoul - Animals - Solar Core
2015-04-17 16 Toneladas, Valencia Spain
Shirley Maclaine
2015-04-17 Amsterdam Records, Valencia Spain
The Entire Performance
2015-03-27 The Playhouse Theatre, Northampton England
Mini-Documentary
2015-01-11 The Windmill, Brixton, London England
Dunkin' Beigels - Black Raoul - Animals
2014
2014-11-13 Hat Bar, Madrid Spain
Mr. Odd
2014-11-12 RTVE - Radio Televisión Española - Radio 3 with Julio Ruiz, Madrid Spain
Melanie Hargreaves' Father's Jaguar
2014-06-27 The Lamplighter, Northampton England
Neighbour, Neighbour - Quality People - Gloria - Dunkin' Beigels
2013
2013-12-12 The Musician, Leicester England
Southern Mark Smith
2013-10-10 The James Street Tavern, Oxford England
Singing A Song In The Morning
2013-06-15 Spike Hill, Brooklyn USA
Just Like Bettie Page
2013-02-15 Schauspielhaus Dortmund (Institut), Dortmund Germany
Animals - Partytime - Roadrunner
2012
2012-05-26 The Labour Club, Northampton England
Last of the Gentleman Adventurers
2012-05-07 The Wheelbarrow, London England
Shirley Maclaine - Southern Mark Smith
2012-03-06 The Constitution, Camden Town, London England
Only A Rumour - President Reagan's Birthday Present
2011
2011-09-13 The 100 Club, London England
Out Of Touch
2011-08-30 The Constitution, Camden Town, London England
Beautiful Mind
2010
2010-06-26 The Victoria Inn, Northampton England
Old Snakey
2009
2009-10-13 The Echo, Los Angeles USA
Girlfriend - Who Loves You Now?
2009-10-11 The Echo, Los Angeles USA
Partytime - Zombie Love
2009-10-10 Private Party, West Covina USA
Partytime
2009-08-23 The Greyhound, Brackley England
Speeding Motorcycle
2009-08-15 The Picturedome, Northampton England
Quality People - Police Chief
2009-06-09 The 12 Bar Club, London England
Whaddya?
2008
2008-10-02 The 100 Club, London England
Brian Wilson - Shame About You
2008-06-05 Yoyo, Shipley England
California
2007
2007-10-24 The 12 Bar Club Club, London England
Mercy - Daycare Nation - Quality People
2002
2002-06-18 Klein Stadhuis, Ypres Belgium
Sister Death
2002-06-14 Saigon Bar, Nüremberg Germany
Sweet Jane
2002-06-11 The Onion, Hamburg Germany
Just Like Bettie Page - Whaddya?
1999
1992
1992-04-29 J.C. Dobbs, Philadelphia USA
She's A Yo-Yo
1990
1990-11-14 9:30 Club, Washington USA
Conspiracy
1989
1989-11-06 J.C. Dobbs, Philadelphia USA
Big Saturday - Angels
1987
1987-03-20 Black Horse, London England
Soul Happy Hour
1986
1986-02-14 The Tube, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne England
Hard
1985
1985-11-11 Alabamahalle, Munich Germany
The Human Jungle - Death Dentist
1983
1983-11-24 Kingston Polytechnic, London England
Love Kittens

Sumosonic

Wilson

Excerpt from No known Predators DVD, filmed 2009-08-15.
Excerpt from No known Predators DVD, filmed 2009-08-15.

Etc

The Jazz Butcher In Japan
Credit: 23 ears (Monday, 10th of July 2017 - 156 days 11 hours ago)
The Jazz Butcher On Creation
Credit: 23 ears (Monday, 10th of July 2017 - 156 days 11 hours ago)
The Jazz Butcher On Glass
Credit: 23 ears (Monday, 10th of July 2017 - 156 days 11 hours ago)
The Jazz Butcher Appeal
Credit: 23 ears (Monday, 10th of July 2017 - 156 days 11 hours ago)
Playhouse Theatre Documentary
A lovely mini-documentary filmed 2015-03-27
Credit: Sonic Barometer (Friday, 27th of March 2015 - 2 years 262 days ago)
Ex-Spacemen 3: Walking with Jesus
The original line up of Spacemen 3 (minus Jason Pierce) + Jason from Spectrum & Kevin Shields + Pat Fish on vox. This was a special one off gig in London as a benefit for the artist & musician & original Spacemen drummer Natty Brooker.
Credit: Neil Rudd (Saturday, 31st of July 2010 - 7 years 137 days ago)
Pledgemusic Video
From the successful 2012 effort to crowd-fund the Last of the Gentleman Adventurers record.
Excellent!
Source of sample for Excellent!
"Transmission", 1989-1990
In the eighties, on the back of the arrival of MTV, there was a bit of a surge in pop music telly. A little company in London called Music Box used to make dirt-cheap music programming and sell it to TV stations around the world. In 1988 they had an "indie" music programme led by Rachel Davis, who had been a researcher for the relatively hip BBC DJ Janis Long, and in due course I, newly signed to Creation and sporting my best green paisley shirt, went along to be interviewed by Rachel for the show.

They were supposed to use one little twenty minute reel of videotape and edit the interview down from that. They ended up with three reels of this shit. For some reason, things just got really funny with the sound and light blokes and everyone was just falling about with mirth. It was very enjoyable, for a telly experience, and I left and went about my business.

Around this time Alan McGee started saying things like "Pat Fish should be on the telly."

I figured that he had plans to retire me and get me a job as a Tony Wilson impersonator. Of course, Alan was still on the drugs back then. I paid it no mind.

A couple of months later, Music Box got in touch and said that they wanted me to do a screen test for a presenter's gig on Rachel's show. This I duly did, thinking that no more would come of it. Then they offered me the job. I asked my new boss what they were proposing to pay me. He told me and I can still remember my reply: "Wow! You really are all overpaid in telly, aren't you?"

Actually, in telly terms, it was an absolute pittance. For me, however, it represented a three figure sum, every fortnight, just for standing around saying "Here's My Bloody Valentine."

So from about February 1989 to the end of 1990 I had a covert telly career, co-presenting this show, which they called "Transmission" (yup), with Rachel and some other telly bod whom I very rarely saw as we alternated, for the most part. The show aired on various regional independent TV stations around Britain. My regional station didn't get it, but they did get it up the road in Rugby, where the telly came from Birmingham. It was very odd to hear people from Rugby saying "I saw you on telly" when you didn't even realise that the show was going out. You know, I just used to make 'em and forget 'em for the most part. I didn't really understand that there were places where real people were actually watching this shit.

It was on the national telly NHK in Japan. National telly. In Japan. Just consider that a moment. Yeah, I know. Momus probably wants to kill me. He befriended me on Facebook the other day. I should probably reinforce my security arrangements.

Once a team from NHK came to our show's London offices to interview us about the programme. When my turn came I went into the little interview room and found myself answering thirty minutes' worth of questions about the Jazz Butcher. Not a word about the telly programme. I came out smirking. Like a fucking expert.

It was on national telly in Portugal as well. At seven thirty on a Friday evening. The Pastels. Joe Foster. Dave Kusworth. On national telly. At half past seven on a Friday evening. They put on a Creation night in Lisbon and they filled a huge theatre two nights running. I didn't get invited. Nikki Sudden got invited. Nikki Sudden got stabbed. Life, eh?

Transmission also went out on some long-gone pan-European cable channel, which, given that most people in Britain hadn't got their heads around all these new channels yet, meant that I was forever being asked if I was working for Rupert Murdoch's loathsome Sky TV. It was the only non-terrestrial channel that most people had heard of, you see. And it was annoying.

I had the pleasure of interviewing loads of my mates for the show: Sudden, Kusworth, Alex Novak, Pete Astor, the Blue Aeroplanes and so on. I got to interview one or two people I didn't know, as well, the most memorable of which has to be Lydia Lunch.

The programme filled a bit of a void and a lot of people, it turns out, were quite grateful for it when they were youngsters at the time. But you couldn't help but see trouble coming. The commercial breaks would be filled with averts for nice teen grooming products. Then you would cut back to some bunch of whey-faced, lank-haired skinny drop-outs in scuffed leather jackets, doing stuff with fuzz pedals. Sooner or later, somebody was actually going to watch this show and spot what I had spotted. Major subcultural demographic fail.

At the start of 1991 I was told that the show was being cancelled "because of the recession". I breathed a small sigh of relief and put in my final invoice.

I could write so much about music and telly, but I shall leave with you with one Top Telly Tip:

Saying "Here's the Primitives" into a microphone while walking down a street is much, much harder than you think.

Credit: Pat x (Monday, 15th of February 2016 - 1 year 302 days ago)
Pat introducing a Close Lobsters segment: "If you're not actually in jail, or dead.."

Pat introducing and interviewing Rodney Allen

Pat introducing A House of Love segment

Pat introduces a Pastels video

Pat introduces an Ed Ball interview

Pat interviews Sumishta Brahm of 13 Frightened Girls

Pat introduces a Nikki Sudden interview (Japanese overdubbed)
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