The Jazz Butcher
The Jazz Butcher Releases Sex And Travel

Media: Album
Label: Glass
Catalogue: MGLALP011
Released: May1985
Recorded: February 1985, Woodbine Studio, Leamington Spa
A-Groove: boris is digging the potatoes
Big Saturday
Red Pets
Only A Rumour
President Reagan's Birthday Present
What's The Matter, Boy?
Walk With The Devil
Down The Drain


Pat Fish
Max Eider
Owen Jones
David J.
Felix Ray
John A. Rivers - producer
Mitch Jenkins - photography
Buffalo Shame - sleeve
Liner Notes
For absent friends
The Butcher Says..
One day's rehearsal in Kevin Haskin's living room, five days' recording and two days' mixing was all it took for us to make my favourite of the Glass records.

Now that the band had done a few dates with decent p.a. systems and stuff, I was beginning to have some sort of a bead on this singing business. Also, having exhausted the initial stick of JB songs (several of the A Scandal In Bohemia tunes had actually been written at the time of Bath Of Bacon , but were rejected back then as needing further development), I was obliged for the first time to write about my life as it was at the time, which was very different to the way I lived when writing the first two records.

Now I was "in a band", had left my day job, had been to Europe... I even started to write songs that were not self-consciously deferential and mocking. Hence, I guess, the arrival of the first recorded "big ballad" in Only A Rumour , where David J. harmonies at the end STILL give me the shivers.

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, and the disc does have a nice, unified feel. Credit John A. Rivers for his high-speed mixing job. When I think about it, this l.p. doesn't really have any "great" tunes, in the sense of numbers that people request or whatever, but it has a nice totality, a good, atmospheric vibe. This one I'd actually defend at length if I had to. Source: Pat Letter: 1993-08-30


New Music Express THE JAZZ BUTCHER Sat, Jun 15th 1985
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  • Holiday
    kipp[at] - kipp - calgary, canada
    30Apr2013 12:27 PM (10 years 156 days ago)
    Greetings from a longtime fan, starting when the CBC
    interviewed Pat circa the Spooky EP. I just
    discovered this album ... solid, solid, solid. I
    absolutely love the Kinks vibe of "Holiday". Thanks
    for this gem.
  • My First JB Album
    dw_hk[at] - David, Hong Kong
    19Jan2010 7:46 PM (13 years 257 days ago)
    I love this album more than any other by JB.

    I got this on vinyl in a tiny record shop in Wanchai, Hong Kong in 1986. Now, years later, I particularly like the line in 'Down the Drain' where Pat sings "I wish I'd been born in Selangor" since both my sons were born in Selangor.
  • the best!
    mbrych[at] - mike b from raleigh
    23Aug2008 8:42 PM (15 years 41 days ago)
    I have to agree. this is by far the best JB release! I come back to it again and again over the years. just found a 'backup' cpoy in charlotte last week for only $10!
  • my favourite glass lp too
    jpcim[at] - jean-philippe, bordeaux, france
    6Jan2008 6:46 AM (15 years 272 days ago)
    this is also my favourite LP from the Glass era. Here's what i think and feel (on french) about it :
  • Sex and Travel - Yes, I think I'll have a bit of both, thanks
    Ian Marshall (telepopcanada[at] - Los Angeles, CA & Guelph, ON
    12Nov2005 9:56 PM (17 years 326 days ago)
    This is one of my very, very favourite albums out of the seven hundred gazillion in my collection. I wish there were more songs on it, but then... would it be as perfectly perfect?

    I would put this up against any of the greats.

    If you don't own this one yet, you need to find a copy.