The Jazz Butcher


Vielly got her miracle
And Church is looking suave beside his flowers.
celebrated Downey Mildew guitarist Charlie. c.f. She's On Drugs
And Pete could learn to love it here
The buffet doesn't close for hours.

I rode here in the front seat with the window down.
And I can't hear a single thing that anyone says
'Coz it's all in my face and it's all too beautiful.


Oh sweet water sometimes it feels like ancient Rome
Oh sweet water I can't believe we're home.

Staring at the cats behind the ironwork and looking for a dine
There are problems in this world I know
But right now none of them are mine.

And Hoagy Carmichael never came here, Dave.
Havana cigars on the back seat and I wouldn't have it any other way.


At long last person or persons unknown
We don't have to be alone it doesn't have to be a circus.


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Waiting For The Love Bus
There's a clean, simple sound to a lot of this that Condition Blue detractors might appreciate. I'm ten years older now than when I made Bath, and right now, after all that morbid stuff, it only really feels like about three. There's rockin' shit and there's a big ballad or two and some weird little pop songs and a nice family sing-along about penguins. I hope you like it.
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creation_records, TriStar Records
¡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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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..
Inspired by and dedicated - in part - to the Sweetwater Springs Saloon in Los Osos, California, a splendid rockin' redneck shed, which we heartily recommend to all pompous English whiteboy groups trying to "crack the market Stateside". If you're going to play Nick Cave, sooner or later you're going to hurt yourself; far better to stand in a giant refrigerator with six bottles of Jaegermeister and your crew. Source: Pat Letter 1993-08-30

Live Stats

21 documented performances (click to explore)
1993 5
3 (Pat Solo)
2 (JBC)
1994 3 (JBC)
1997 1 (Pat Solo)
2000 12 (JBC)


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  • sweetwater
    pat[at] - pat, NN1
    17Oct2006 10:46 AM (16 years 346 days ago)
    The bar I am singing about was in Los Osos, California.
  • Sweetwater location
    zaichick[at] - David James
    12Oct2006 5:46 PM (16 years 351 days ago)
    I live in the area where the "Sweetwater" bar is located. Pat wrote this song about a night out at this particular watering hole which neither of us knew was a gay bar until 3 drinks into the evening...
    it's on Broadway in Long Beach.
  • Sweetwater is sweet
    adrian[at] - Portland, Oregon USA
    1Jun2003 6:10 PM (20 years 120 days ago)
    I've never been to the bar for which this song
    is named, but I intend to one of these days.

    I love the song's laid-back, cheerful mood
    which stands in contrast to the rather somber
    songs on the Waiting for the Love Bus LP.

    The song also has a terrific arrangement with
    a tinkly keyboard line which reminds me of
    Brian Wilson and sunny California in general.
    The song ends with synthesized heavenly
    chorus that sounds a bit like that lovely hymn
    on Brian Eno's Apollo Atmospheres CD.

    I'd like to think that this was Pat's intention
    when he put this one together.