The Jazz Butcher
Pat responds to questions posed by fans of the band (historical).
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  • Crumbs
    james[at] - James, Essex
    30May2012 12:55 AM (11 years 191 days ago)
    Forgive me for letting you slip from my memory until I rediscovered my vinyl collection recently. If it helps, you are in good company!

    In 1984 I interviewed you (pre-soundcheck at Essex Uni. in Colchester I think) for my show on a Suffolk radio station.... You had just bought a Fender Rio acoustic guitar and I had one too (still have), which gave us something to talk about at least.

    I was very much a fan, 20 years old and probably quite irritating...sorry about that.

    I shall now investigate your music post-86 which is about when I lost touch with what you were doing, for whatever reason.

    Cheers Pat,

    James Partridge.
  • History
    tomberry100[at] - Tom, southwest
    15Mar2012 7:35 AM (11 years 267 days ago)
    Hi pat, have been missing you since the 1990 battle of bands at bristol 'studio'. You and the 'planes were great. Glad to see you note licks lee as a conspirator and Julian pransky-poole. Now, where is that mr paul mulreany?

  • Tour Dates
    edavidsonnemoy[at] - Emily - Nashville. TN
    22Jan2012 8:14 PM (11 years 319 days ago)
    My husband and I want to plan a trip to London this Spring/Summer. We want to see you play when there. Any idea of upcoming tour date/gigs?

  • Blast from the past
    alaric.neville[at] - Mr Alaric Neville, Leeds and Northampton
    18Jan2010 3:59 AM (13 years 324 days ago)
    Hello again Pat, It being Monday morning, possibly my last email was a bit cryptic. I'm so used to people remembering me not for my sparkling repartee or winning personality, but for the unusual name, that I didn't give you clues as to our past associations. In case you address book is full of other Alaric's or memory has dimmed your image of the '80s, I was Richard Formby's chum in those days, hung out with you on a number of occasions, even shared a stage with you one New year at the Rock Garden in Covent Garden, when Richard supported you, Kevin H and David J. Happy Days, Cheerio, drop us a line if you feel the mood take you, Alaric
  • Soul Happy Hour
    annette.clement[at] - Annette, Germany
    3Nov2008 1:51 PM (15 years 34 days ago)
    Dear all,

    in the 80´s I was a big fan of Jazz Butcher.
    Many years has passed but now - in that moment - i remembered the song "soul happy hour". Does anybody has the possibility to put it to "You Tube", so I can listen to that?
    Thank´s in advance.
  • Soul Happy Hour
    annette.clement[at] - Annette, Germany
    3Nov2008 1:51 PM (15 years 34 days ago)
    Dear all,

    in the 80´s I was a big fan of Jazz Butcher.
    Many years has passed but now - in that moment - i remembered the song "soul happy hour". Does anybody has the possibility to put it to "You Tube", so I can listen to that?
    Thank´s in advance.
  • Pat, Pat, Pat....
    nigel_wright[at] - Nigel, Los Angeles
    24Jul2007 8:40 PM (16 years 137 days ago)
    Anxiously awaiting your return to LA STOP. Will personally hand out flyers and bring all my friends STOP. Make Haste STOP. Delay unacceptable STOP. When are you coming back?
  • In Defense of The Jazz Butcher
    rosemadder27[at] - Cynthia Rose O'Leary - Texas
    8Dec2006 8:54 AM (17 years 23 hours ago)
    Just finished writing these words about you on David J's forum. Maybe they belong here as well:

    If you never saw The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy play then you may never get it. There was a time when the same kinds of things that are being said in the press about The Decemberists now- (hyper-literate, thinking-man's music,) were being said about The Jazz Butcher. I remember when one could talk to any rabid audiophiles in a social circle and say "Jazz Butcher" and they would swoon and act like a grail had been found.
    This wasn't just a band, it was a little revolution. Pat Fish made literacy and cleverness seem cool again in the post punk era and he was not apologetic about it!
    I love The Jazz Butcher!!

    (indeed I do) Will try to make it to one of those cozy Northampton gigs when I return to your fair country in April 2007.
    Cheers, Cynthia
  • velvet days
    heidi[at] - heidi (of Baldock!)
    13Jun2006 2:46 AM (17 years 179 days ago)
    Dear Pat, just listened to Angels in the car and I thought of you ! It was a long time ago but do you remember us all hanging out, Phil, dan, neil, josephine et al. ?
  • Jazz Butcher show
    mvera20[at] - Los Angeles, CA
    18Sep2005 3:36 AM (18 years 82 days ago)
    Dear Mr. Jazz Butcher,
    I wish to interview you for an upcoming radio show
    speacial on YOU! If you'd be so kind to grant us a few
    emailable answers to a few questions I'd wish to pose.
    Long overdue retrospective on your music &
    songwriting to air soon, would love to have U be a part!
    Please visit
  • Subject to touring
    Boy in a Bus Stop - Melbourne Australia
    20Aug2005 6:00 PM (18 years 110 days ago)
    PAT, get on a plane and come to Melbourne, I'd love to offer you millions of dollars to tour here but my budget won't allow it. I will however provide accommodation & great home-cooked meals in return for an appearance here in Melbourne.

    Until then

    I'm keeping the curtains closed
  • Just Wanted to Say Thanks
    barrymichael2002[at] - Hannibal, MO USA
    22Oct2004 9:20 AM (19 years 47 days ago)
    Dear Butcher and the JBC:

    I have been enjoying your music now for nigh on 20 years. I was a struggling artist in The Fremont Distirct of Seattle when a friend introduced me to the JBC and Sex and Travel. The song knocked me out and considereing what we artists were on, this was no small feat. I have been a fan ever since. Here was genius. This is not BS, just fact. I keep trying to convert other musicians to JBC, including my Bro, who is a guitarist in Seattle. He's a jazz and pop musician and it's difficult to get him to convert to anthing. I'm still working on him.
    Now its 20 something years later, I'm 52, married, and still a struggling unemployed artist in the seedy little river town of Hannibal, MO. Thank God I have the JBC to keep me sane. Keep up the good work. You guys really do Rock and its great music to paint by too!
    I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy the Holy Crap out of the JBC and I hope you keep on making great music. It is my sincere hope I can see you all perform live someday, preferably before I go deaf.

    Your Fan,
    Barry Messer
    Hannibal, MO
  • Jazz Butcher rarities....
    jude[at] - Jude, Cambridge
    15Sep2004 3:40 AM (19 years 85 days ago)
    and loads more good stuff to be found at, the online music store specialising in all things alternative and independent label. One of the largest lists on the www - definitely worth a look!

    Cheers, Jude x
  • ohmigodican't believeit...
    kate[at] - katie G
    16Aug2004 2:11 PM (19 years 114 days ago)
    Just utterly choked that a tape found in teh bowels of my attic should prompt such strong memories of 1985 when I saw JB in Northampton for teh first time, after being dragged there by an older mate (she was all of 16). I had never been to that neck of the woods before, being good Irish-Liverpool stock-but then got "Bath of Bacon" and that's what I found. I have extolled teh virtues of JB for YEARS, but no one has ever heard of him. Why? Why is this evil genius even less of a public figure than Syd Barrett? Why is this record still making me laugh, after not hearing it for so many years? "Goldfish", "Caroline Wheelers birthday present made from teh skins of dead Jim Morrisons" (Eh?), and that "Betty Page" track, I loved them tehn, and I do now. So much so that teh dylexia has ikcekd in...I love him...I'm so happy, especially thinking of all teh discovery I have to do...god bless t'internet!
  • Caroline Wheeler's Birthday present
    10Aug2004 8:51 AM (19 years 120 days ago)
    Who was the Caroline Wheeler of the above mentioned song and was it me?
    Regards, Caroline Wheeler
  • what happened to everyone?
    19Mar2004 2:18 PM (19 years 264 days ago)
    Hey Pat, whatever happened to us????
    Are we even still alive????
    Just to say hello.......
    Christopher Love Kitten
  • What A Nice Way To Turn Seventeen
    raph[at] - Ravelli
    25Feb2004 10:16 AM (19 years 287 days ago)
    In 1983/84 What A Nice Way To Turn 17 did an album featuring JB, Swell Maps and a few others, Discography mentions only a 4 Way Single. Just thought some completist may want to know.
  • CD's
    erfarley[at] - Costa Mesa, CA, USofA
    23Feb2004 6:29 PM (19 years 289 days ago)
    Just dug out my old vinyl from high school and found Bloody Nonsense in great condition. Man, did I miss that album! It's a lost treasure that I forgot all about. I went out and bought a turntable just so I could play it. It's timeless!!!! Can I get it on CD ANYWHERE?
  • shirt - herbert lom
    29Jul2003 8:34 AM (20 years 134 days ago)
    can anyone refer me to a place where I can get JB t-shirts?
  • tours in n.america
    geoff_doner[at] - toronto, canada
    20May2002 1:06 PM (21 years 203 days ago)
    I have been a long time fan of jazz butcher and
    would love to see a tour in n.america.even in
    2002 butcher would still draw a crowd here.i
    will even help book the shows...........