The Jazz Butcher


Mr. Odd
Square leg, square root, square egg, new fruit
Nice suit, nice!
Square peg, third leg, from Winnipeg
Stray steg, nice!

I like them, how 'bout you?
I'll bet you can't eat three
Said I like them, yes I do
And I hope you'll like them too

He lives next door, Mr Odd, Mr Odd
He's rather strange, Mr Odd, Mr Odd
He's walking in the rain, Mr Odd, Mr Odd
And that's his name, Mr Odd, Mr Odd

Now he's gone off into space...
He's got a smile upon his face...
As he floats into the void..
He looks almost humanoid

He lives next door, Mr Odd, Mr Odd
He's rather strange, Mr Odd, Mr Odd
In fact, he's quite deranged, Mr Odd, Mr Odd
And that's his name, Mr Odd, Mr Odd

Well fuck me, it's Mr Odd, Mr Odd
Ground control to Mr Odd, Mr Odd
Bless my soul, it's Mr Odd, Mr Odd
Share my lunch with Mr Odd, Mr Odd

[live] Hold your nose, it's Mr Odd!

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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
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
¡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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The Violent Years
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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

Live Stats

114 documented performances (click to explore)
1989 10 (JBC)
1990 12 (JBC)
1991 2 (JBC)
1992 18 (JBC)
1993 8
3 (Pat Solo)
5 (JBC)
1994 7 (JBC)
1995 1 (JBC)
1997 2 (JBC)
1998 1 (JBC)
1999 5 (JBC)
2000 13 (JBC)
2001 3 (JBC)
2002 4 (JBC)
2006 2
1 (Pat Solo)
1 (JBC)
2009 2 (JBC)
2010 2 (Pat Solo)
2011 1 (Pat Solo)
2012 1 (Pat Solo)
2014 2 (JBC)
2015 4 (JBC)
2016 1 (JBC)
2017 4 (JBC)
2018 4 (JBC)
2019 1 (Pat Solo)
2020 1 (Pat Solo)
2021 1 (Pat Solo)
2 (Tribute)


9 Recorded Live Performances
2021-11-27 The Dublin Castle - London, England
Credit: pfjones70
2021-11-27 The Dublin Castle - London, England
Credit: Ozmosis UK
2018-07-28 The Thunderbolt - Totterdown, Bristol, England
Credit: Jane B
2018-05-27 100 Club - London, England
Credit: leefact25
2018-03-01 100 Club - London, England
Credit: Joe Turner
2017-04-15 The Lexington - London, England
Credit: coordinatezero
2014-11-13 Hat Bar - Madrid, Spain
Credit: jdapena
2012-08-24 Private Party - , England
Credit: Philip Snow
1989-12-10 The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, USA West Coast '89 Cassette
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  • songwriting
    yehyehyeh[at]-remove-yeh.yeh - the butcher, nn1
    20May2013 5:38 PM (10 years 202 days ago)
    mr perry, sir. you may be correct in your observations on songwriters. i would hardly know, i have met but a few score. i would, however, like to point out that, lazy though i may occasionally be, i feign nothing. what on earth would be the point of feigning stuff at my age, really?

    and it does say "stray steg".
    there was a time at the turn of the nineties where I would, at shows, pop in the word "estegosaurio" just afterwards for, as the lawyers would have it, the avoidance of doubt.

    the highest density of wild leopards in india today is in urban mumbai. for him who cannot see the simple romance of a stegosaurus on the loose in this cramped and regulated world of ours i genuinely have no time.

    hope that helps,
    pat x
  • you can't spell 'pedantic' w/out 'anal'
    wmmperry[at] - Wm perry, Cincinnati, oh
    19May2013 11:24 AM (10 years 204 days ago)
    I always thought it was 'spaced egg'. Which sort of adheres to the songs own internal coherence. I think the next line suggests spaced eggs as a fearsome road/bar food. Nice.
    The later 'major tom' motif is foreshadowed also, where it is transformed from a symbol of alienation and loss of meaning into a celebration of multi-valent potential and polymorphic connectedness. An uninflected secular oceanic self. Nice?
    ahem...So, even if it says 'stray steg' up above, i don't buy it. songwriters often disdain to correct such mistakes, or even take them on as special cargo (ex: ECostello singing 'washing the defectives" is all i can come up with now but theres loads)
    Songwriters in addition are often very lazy. SOme also, would not want you to think that they're too self involved or precious about they're songs.They will pretend to tie their shoe and let the error pass rather than become a gatekeeper of these things.
    and a feigned inscrutability is a very basic tool of social interface
  • questionalble lyrics....
    pamm77[at] - pam in vancouver
    12Feb2013 12:20 AM (10 years 300 days ago)
    In "Mr. Odd"

    fourth line, "Stray Steg, etc."

    For years, I've heard it as "straight stay, etc"

    Deranged dinosaurs???? What do you mean?

    thx from Lulu
  • madame odd
    15Dec2002 4:35 PM (20 years 361 days ago)
    Je suis mademe odd

    J'aime le polo

    Avec des repas comme ca, on ne vas pas grossir!

    est c'est vrai