The Jazz Butcher


sample: [Tu as vu toutes les étoiles?]
"have you seen all the stars?" - the tune is stolen, of course, from All The Stars by The Perfect Disaster

I'm my father's own stupid son
Sit watching the T.V. when it's time for me to run
You wrote a song about going to sea
When things got tough you were so kind to me


Oh, look at her go
Won't you look at her go
Won't you look at that girl go
Oh, look at her go
Won't you look at her go
Won't you look at that girl go

Everything she used to do was wrong
The time was too short
And the words were all too long
Everything she used to do was wrong
I never dreamed she'd turn up in her own song


And I've been dreaming
God knows I've been dreaming


Won't you look at her go?
I've just got to watch her go now
Watch her go downtown
[live: What's the point of a suicide note, anyway?]

if you want to start adding live variations we'll be here all week...

Found On

Buy These Records
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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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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creation_records, Rough Trade
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creation_records CD
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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creation_records CD
One of the better Creation-era compilations. Canadian release.
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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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creation_records CD
¡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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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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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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She's On Drugs
Double A sided single for the Australian market.
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Shock 7"
Brave New Waves Session
The Jazz Butcher’s Brave New Waves session was recorded on June 5th, 1988 in CBC Studio 13 in Montreal. The recording is taken from CBC Archives reels and remastered at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal, by Harris Newman.
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Artoffact Records LP,CD
The Violent Years
Expansive book-styled package of the first four albums from The Jazz Butcher’s early Creation Records’ years – 1988-1991.

Featuring the much praised ‘Fishcotheque’, ‘Big Planet, Scarey Planet’, ‘Cult Of The Basement’ and ‘Condition Blue”.

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Fire Records 4xCD
Dr Cholmondley Repents: A​-​sides, B​-​Sides and Seasides
Four CD box set gathering A-sides, the would-be hits along with B-sides, tangential 12-inch tracks (the C-sides), and an excellent session for Los Angeles radio station KCRW from 1989.

Includes over a dozen indie chart hits including ‘Southern Mark Smith’, ‘Girl Go’, ‘The Human Jungle’, ‘16 Years’ plus a host of truly eclectic Butcher tunes from his early Glass recordings through his time at Creation.

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Fire Records 4xCD

Pat Says

The Butcher Says..
Tu as vu toutes les étoiles? The JBC lush out in tribute to the (sadly departed) The Perfect Disaster, featuring a superlative example of the Richard Formby guitar assult. The lead vocal was recorded in the studio garden at one in the morning in mid-January. The reasoning escapes me now. Probably, I had been very bad. Source: Unconditional liner notes
Girl-Go is for my friend Phil (ip of Walshingham) Parfitt, singer & writer with The Perfect Disaster and class A-! human being. It is about a number of things, with special emphasis on the popular chord "E". Listen and pass out. Source: Spooky liner notes

Live Stats

47 documented performances (click to explore)
1988 2 (JBC)
1989 12
4 (Pat Solo)
8 (JBC)
1990 9 (JBC)
1991 3 (JBC)
1992 12 (JBC)
1993 5
3 (Pat Solo)
2 (JBC)
1994 1 (JBC)
2000 1 (JBC)
2002 1 (JBC)
2021 1 (Pat Solo)


Official Video
Rough studio mix
2 Recorded Live Performances
1989-12-09 Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, USA West Coast '89 Cassette
1988-06-12 Odd Rock Cafe - Milwaukee, USA One of first performances
Credit: Douglas Buege
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  • Girl-Go
    christopher.m.keen[at] - Chris - Dundas, Canada
    9Sep2022 1:12 PM (1 year 17 days ago)
    One of my all-time favourites. Reminds me of so much.
    RIP Pat.
    Long live Max et al.
  • Pain
    aq[at] - Admiral Quality/Toronto
    16Jan2018 2:28 AM (5 years 254 days ago)
    Not my favorite JB song by any means but it's making me cry so badly.
  • stupid daughter
    velocityjones[at] - stephanie (floss angeles)
    19Dec2007 6:36 PM (15 years 284 days ago)
    my favorite J.B. tune...and I want that green-paisley'ed blanket in the video, please.
  • live
    bubba[at] - ludicrust
    8Feb2007 1:48 PM (16 years 234 days ago) with several other less-than-pristine renderings, the live version on Western Family grows on one with time, 'til other versions are o'er taken in order of favoriteness,to wit,delicious reverb and postiviely wicked guitar that are nothing short of mind-blowing.........
  • loook at her go
    ken.h[at] - sydney
    14May2005 9:43 PM (18 years 138 days ago)
    Possibly my favourite JBC song. The opening sax work is near perfect. The vocal delivery is perfect. The guitar refrain hits me the same way as the Smiths How Soon Is Now. The sax is as good as the Laughing Clowns Eternally Yours.
    Excellent site!!
  • Girl-Go, Betty
    tissue_tiger[at] - Yokohama, Japan
    6Oct2001 3:09 AM (21 years 360 days ago)
    I think there are some songs inspired by motion pictures in the Buther's songs. This song gives me a scenery of "Betty Blue". Has Pat ever contributed his tunes for films? If he has, it must be a good one.