The Jazz Butcher Not eating meat, not playing jazz
In Memoriam

Patrick Guy Sibley Huntrods

AKA: Pat Fish - The Jazz Butcher

1957-12-20 .. 2021-10-05

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Whaddya doin'?
It’s so sad that another here of the 80s is gone.
Your music was, is and will ever be a part of my live.
Thank you for the melodies and lyrics.
Rest In Peace!
Christo, Berlin 26Nov2021 10:25 PM
Soundtrack of my life
There are loads of Pat's songs in it. RIP you great man.
Robert, Stockholm 24Nov2021 1:39 PM
Thank you Pat
Spring 1985: Heard "Southern Mark Smith" for the
first time and went out to buy Scandal the next
day. That song, that album became the soundtrack
to my summer and has stayed with me forever. A
touchstone I always return to.

The years flowed and with them so many other great
songs - you were amongst the best of your
generation, Pat. Such a distinctive guitar, wit,
and voice. And your last (Last of the Gentlemen
Adventurers) was as good as anything that came
before. How many can say the same?

Despite your advocacy, I know the devil isn't
really my friend. But I always thought you were.
There for me through thick and thin over the past
36 years. Thank you for that and goodbye dear
LJ Washington, D.C. 12Nov2021 7:46 PM
G'night Pat!
Heartbroken to hear of Mr. Fish's passing. He is remembered fondly and will be sorely missed. Happy to have been able to catch a show away back in the day at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood. We will be giving the old tunes many spins in the coming weeks.
Rest easy Pat.
EV Camarillo, Fountain Hills, AZ USA 12Nov2021 7:31 PM
Thanks Pat
The then Coventry Polytechnic on a Saturday night
sometime in the early 80s - wonderful gig.
'Southern Mark Smith' remains in my Top Ten
singles of all time.

Thank you Pat for all the music.
Ian H - Leamington Spa 12Nov2021 4:42 PM
Sad News
My friend and I once witnessed Pat totally rocking
out to an audience of about 10 at the Orpheum Graz.
He was our hero ever since. Thanks, Pat, for the
words, the music and the commitment.If we can't
carry the torch for you, we might at least carry
your guitar case, if we should meet again.
Stefan from Linz, Austria 8Nov2021 9:02 PM
Sehr traurige Nachricht
Danke Pat,
von der Schulzeit bis heute war ein langer Weg den wir teils über Venyl und teils nach dem Gig gegangen sind....
Dirk Hamburg/Bielefeld 7Nov2021 10:55 PM
senior service honoured
he was the senior father of conscious chaos was fishpat! northampton is graced for ever now..he walks among with angel style all ways! thanks bud!
jimtom in N'mpton 7Nov2021 5:20 PM
I don't know how many times I have heard A Scandal In Bohemia - 1000 times?
Thank you Pat, cheers, and rest in peace
Klaus Hamburg 7Nov2021 2:50 PM
Sic 'em Pat!
Can't find the right words. Chose this subject I'm memory of his Guardian posts. Wonderful memories of those 80s gigs and beyond. Will miss the footie banter we had on messenger. Your brilliant mind, great sharp sense of humour and unique musical talent filled us all with joy. An animal lover to boot. Rest easy Pat, our hearts are heavy at your passing but your legacy lives on. For always. Much love.
Sue Bennett Milton Keynes 4Nov2021 9:52 PM
I still can't believe that you won't be gracing us with your Fishy Mansion Performances and sharing True Stories. Thank you so much Pat for all the music over the years. Your live performances that I was extremely lucky to attend quite a few times out in California. Being so nervous to meet you in person and relaxing straight away because it was like meeting an old friend for drinks. Feeling an immense hole since you've gone, but filling it up with all the music you've created over the years, other people's stories about you and feeling incredibly lucky that I lived in the world when you did. Cheers Pat. x "I shan't forget you,"
Nancy 4Nov2021 7:47 PM
deeply sad
Missing you hugely
Rest In Peace Fishy
you were very much one of a kind.
Curtis Murcia 4Nov2021 5:01 PM
God Speed Fishy
Thanks for all the good times, and thanks for the fantastic live performance in Toronto back in the 80's, even though you were suffering through a toothache! I'll be raising one or two ( or maybe three, four, or more ) to you tonight!
Jonathan from Canada 1Nov2021 11:52 PM
We miss you
Pat, we love your music since A Scandal times and we were lucky to meet you on many occasions during recent years. It was a pleasure to see you play live, and to talk to you about anything and everything. It hurts never meeting you again. We will never forget you. Our deepest condolences to Pat`s family and friends.
Olaf+Katrin, Munich 1Nov2021 8:21 PM
Thank you for years of great tunes, witty lyrics, and astute social commentary
I first heard the brilliant work of The Jazz Butcher in the mid-80s via a tiny, distant college radio station in Illinois. Who could not be charmed by Pat and Max's genius on display in "Who Loves You Now"? Distressed Gentlefolk was the first CD I bought when I got my first CD player.

I was fortunate enough to see Pat (and sometimes Max) play in Boston, San Francisco, and New York. So much great work over these many years!

I'll miss you, Pat. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones, and to the many other fans who are feeling this loss.
Amanda, Providence RI, USA 1Nov2021 3:58 PM
Great Music
Wonderful songs.
Intelligent, varied, and often amusing.
Richard Clegg Oldham 29Oct2021 6:11 AM
True love
Just now dancing to Southern Mark Smith in the kitchen with my wife. We only saw the JBC once at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit but we were hooked for life. We seriously thought of asking Pat and mates to play our wedding back in 1989. We acquiesced to social norms but have never gotten over our love for The Butcher. I can’t tell you how many times me, my wife and two grown daughters rock out to The Jazz Butcher Theme. RIP Pat - you will be missed. Thanks for sharing Time with us before you passed. Another beautiful musical gem from you. Thanks as always.
Mark Beverly Hills mi 27Oct2021 11:19 PM
the 3 gigs that changed my life
I was born in Bari, south of italy. no many gigs there. I was 16-17 years old and in few months I managed to see: The Woodentops, The jazz Butcher and Julian Cope. They changed my life. I had the pleasure to meet Pat via Pete Kember and one of the things I am most proud of it was in july 2010 when I dj the night to raise money for Natt, with Sonic Boom, Will C, Rosco and Pat Fish singing "walking with jesus". I love you Pat and I will miss you. I wanted to be you when I was a kid! Kiko
dr kiko london 23Oct2021 9:37 PM
Thanks Pat! RIP
Thanks so much for the music Pat! Southern Mark Smith - still one of my favourite songs after nearly 40 years….still lifts me up when I feel down. RIP X
Barry Green Rowhedge UK 23Oct2021 5:26 PM
Hits hard
I just heard this morning about the passing of the singular Pat Fish. His music was a huge part of my internal life and I always delighted in sharing it with the unitiated. I still can feel the thrill of finding a copy of A Scandal in Bohemia or Bloody Nonsense in the "J" bin of a record store on this far side of the Atlantic. My condolences to all those feeling this loss now.
Bill in Maryland 23Oct2021 3:15 PM
Thank you Mr Fish
Thanks for your music. Thank you Pat, for making our lives a bit better with your songs... great songs. All your fans love you now, love you forever. R.I.P.
Enrique. Valencia. Spain 22Oct2021 10:45 PM
Schlafes Bruder
Schlaf schön, mein Freund.
Kerstin, Universum 22Oct2021 8:05 PM
let the rain...
I am waiting for the rain to wash the pain away...
But it doesn't rain...
Pierre Guillaume, Brussey 22Oct2021 5:07 PM
What sad news
I have always been a Jazz Butcher Fan since the Skandal in bohemia Album came out which i bought shamefully as a teenager because i loved the Cover. There first 3 or 4 Album Struck a chord with me and i always loved the Personalities of pat and Max. Jbs are one of 10 Bands or so which i always come back too since my teenage years (devo would be another one). The news of the death of Pat saddens me.
Joerg Seebeck, Germany 22Oct2021 8:20 AM
I first met Pat as the producer of the 1988 Victoria Park Pavillion show in Kitchener Ontario Canada. We had a memorable time. When we met again at U Waterloo in 1992 he treated me like an old friend and gave me shit for not looking him up when I was in England the previous summer. My condolences to family and friends. He was a one of a kind. JPM
J. McAuliffe. Kitchener 22Oct2021 12:47 AM
What a loss
I was fortunate enough to stumble across a Jazz Butcher record in the small Canadian town where I lived in 1987. That sound made an immediate impact and I was an avid fan from that day on. I only ever had the pleasure of seeing Pat perform live once, in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom in 89 or 90. Fantastic show.

So saddened by this news. Taken too soon. Condolences to family and friends.
Michael, Costa Rica 21Oct2021 1:48 AM
Goodbye My Friend
No words can express the sadness I’ve been feeling
since my friend Kate let me know two weeks ago
today of our loss of the magnificent Pat Fish. We
met Pat in November of 1989 at Maxwell’s in
Hoboken, NJ-our first JBC gig after having
discovered them in ’87. Our small group of loyal
followers traveled up and down the East Coast of
the USA , throwing post-gig “bathroom “ parties
with Pat and his co-conspirators in attendance.
The times we spent with Pat between ’89 and 2000
are among the very best in my 55 years on the big
planet. Without a fraction of hyperbole I say Pat
wasn’t just a singer/songwriter/musician. When he
walked in a room there was an aura around him-pure
magic like I had never experienced in a human
before or since. It’s sad to know that will never
happen again. My wife and I were lucky enough to
spend a day and night with Pat at his home in
Northampton in 1994. What a gracious host he was.
We drank, smoked, laughed, listened to records,
looked through photos in his scrapbooks, and
continued the drinking on a pub crawl. Another
unforgettable memory.
When Pat became unwell, so many fans and friends
made contributions to pay back the joy and love he
had brought into so many people around the world.
I thought everything was ok with his health and
then October 5th came. My few JBC friends and I
are thinking of him every day, playing his songs,
and talking of the happy times we had. I see some
names of people I’ve met along the way
contributing to this memoriam: Max, Peter C, Alex
G, Richard F, Tim K, Dagmar( December 19, 1989,
Atlanta), Tom P, it was nice to hang out with all
of you. Thanks to David W for all you’ve done
throughout the years chronicling Pat’s music and
travels. Much love to Pat-forever. See you on the
other side.
Scott Schleentz, Jersey Posse
Scott Schleentz, Jersey Posse 20Oct2021 11:10 PM
MAGNET tribute
Keeping the Curtains Closed: R.I.P. The Jazz Butcher
Matt 19Oct2021 7:38 PM
Ain't it Grand to Be Free
Dear Pat

Thanks for all the music, private concert, and wonderful memories. RIP and say hi to Dooj for me. You and your talents will be missed.
Erika (Germany, London, US) 18Oct2021 2:41 PM
What we're gonna do with forever
Where the sheep once played there's only wheat
Staring stupidly at me and my feet

How's that for poetry? I'm going to miss Pat Fish, knowing there was more music in him. Distressed Gentlefolk remains my favorite, but Betty Page, Girls Who Keep Goldfish, Partytime, Lost in France, so many others all the way to Shakey will accompany me to my own demise.

Thank you, last of the gentleman adventurers.
David F, New York 18Oct2021 4:12 AM
Angels & Pat’s Guitar
You will be sorely missed Pat Fish. Much love to your friends and family.

The first Jazz Butcher song I heard was The Human Jungle sometime back in 1986. A friend at the radio station I DJ’d at lent me a tape. Who knew that the Butcher would remain such an important part of my life?

In 1987 my girlfriend and purchased the Distressed Gentlefolk album together, the first shared purchase of what would become 35 years together. Angels became “our song”. And it sounds like so many other people’s too.

I was lucky enough to see Pat play 2 solo shows in pubs in London in 1988. I remember a one-eyed man who sat outside the entrance of the first pub who said “You here to see the Fish? DOWNstairssss….” The second show featured Alan McGee from Biff Bang Pow in a “guitar war” and Pat roared past him during an incredibly heart-felt version of Angels. He went on a guitar heavy tangent that blew the small dark room away. Such amazing energy.

The Jazz Butcher has always been there. Mr Odd’s crazy psychedelic guitar solo on a drug-fueled road trip through Kansas, The Best Way reminding us all why its good not to eat our animal friends, Big Saturday ringing in a new year or starting a brilliant Spring day. And the entire Scandal in Bohemia album on road trips. My Desert is Waiting.

The posts here confirm that Mr Fish was a loving, kind gentleman. He was a friend to those who knew him and all of us who never got the chance to meet him. His passing hits hard - because it seems like Pat’s words and music were always present at important moments for many here on this message board. They certainly were for me.

Decades after seeing him in the 80’s - we got to see The Jazz Butcher at the Troubador in LA with the “dream team” - Pat, Max, David and Kevin (they were probably discussing swimming pools in all the backyards before the show). It was a perfect evening and they played with such ease and life and humor. One of those ‘life-changing’ shows we all hope for.

Pat wrote such lovely poetry. Yet infused it with humor and lightness. There will never be another like him. His music has been a good friend in hard times. On one dark night in one particularly difficult year, as Angels played (loudly), my wife and I clung to one another weeping as Pat reminded us that

There's thousands of them
They're bearing you up
They're holding you up
I want to hold you in my arms.

That night changed the course of our lives. Thank you Pat.

And as we sat last night - with tears - knocked down a bit - as we listened to an entire celebratory mix of the Jazz Butcher I thought about many things and many memories.

Pat the man may have left us too soon. But as a wise man once said, “do you know what happens when you leave a Fish too long in an elevator?” Pat left this world a star shining brightly - and - his music is eternal. It is not biodegradable. We are all SO lucky to have had his music in our lives. A good trusted friend in hard times. A great friend in the best of times.

Thank you Mr Fish for giving, creating and never giving up.
Chris Jones Lyons CO 17Oct2021 2:39 PM
A live well lived
I shouldn’t be so hurt by this because Pat lived a great life, gave us so much good music. And Im happy I got to see him live a couple times. Pat, you will be missed by so many but still live in our hearts and turntables and streaming services for a good long time.
Mark Highland Park IL 16Oct2021 7:13 PM
Rest Well
"Cause I can see them
Here they come now
There's thousands of them
They're bearing you up
They're holding you up
I want to hold you in my arms"
Gary NZ 15Oct2021 9:45 PM
Gonna Miss You, Pat
I was a DJ in the world of college radio back in the early '80s, via KCMU in Seattle, and once I heard A Scandal in Bohemia I was hooked. The Jazz Butcher might still be the most obscure band that I am absolutely NUTS about! Pat and his bands created so much great music, and his words were always both touching and hilarious - sometimes simultaneously! I am truly sad about this news and I am so glad that I felt like at least an acquaintance of Pat's (if only via Facebook). He was always kind and cool.
Rock on Jazz Butcher!
Marshall Gooch, Chimacum WA USA 14Oct2021 11:01 PM
Well Done Sir.
Nailed it.
seattle 14Oct2021 12:19 AM
thanks for the music!
I discovered The Jazz Butcher with the US compilation album Bloody Nonsense - such an incredibly diverse set of songs, infused by punk, but played with panache and style. At turns witty, absurb, caustic, and sweet, it became a formative record of my college years, and an essential collection to return to again and again (and a few more JB records). Along with a clutch of other writers of the era, Pat's songs influenced me then and to this day, and as I've made my way thru the world as a radio broadcaster and musician, everywhere I've gone I've managed to sneak in a couple spins for tunes like Drink and Partytime - which I will again today on The Current here in Minnesota, and on my Teenage Kicks show this Saturday. I never got the chance to email or let him know how much of an impact he had on me, but I hope he knew how his music shaped the lives of many, even thousands of miles away. RIP Pat - I love that hashtag I saw elsewhere on this page - #RestInPints
Jim McGuinn - Saint Paul, MN 13Oct2021 3:28 PM
Musical Salute
As a card carrying member of the Jazz Butcher fan club in the early 80s, and still hosting a weekly radio program in 2021, it's been a joy to share the magical musical wit of Pat Fish & Co (especially around Halloween season to insert some Zombie Love+Caroline Wheeler+JB Vs. Count Dracula + Devilish fun into the mix)for 20+ years. Another broadcast this week to add to the list of programs celebrating the life & music of The Jazz Butcher. #RestInPints
Michele K-tel, San Francisco 13Oct2021 5:25 AM
Pat Fish
Thanks for making Northamptonshire a lot more interesting.
Peter Ex Wellingborough 12Oct2021 10:03 PM
My Own Personal Jesus of Cool
You were to me what Nick Lowe is to everyone else.
Jeremy. Alameda, CA 12Oct2021 7:47 PM
Truly one of our own!
Farewell Pat, old friend, see you on the other side of the veil.
I first saw Pat performing a version of Man's Bananas with Nightshift on the pavement in Broad Street in our early days in Oxford in the mid-70s. I subsequently got to know him through our dear friend Owen Jones (a master musician himself) and followed his rise to cultish fame through The Institution, Sonic Tonix and later, of course, The Jazz Butcher.
My wife Maria and I have always hoped he forgave us for accidentally feeding him bacon scallion cream cheese when the band all came to breakfast at our place in Pittsburgh in 2000! I think he must have done because our friendship really blossomed after we moved back to London in 2008 and I started getting Pat tickets for our beloved Spurs a few times a season. It was also always a joy to see his various musical incarnations during these latter years. What a maestro, as I usually addressed him!
It's true that most people only make pop records out of plastic but Pat made them from pure gold!!
Love, Nick xxx
Nick Edwards in SE London 12Oct2021 6:19 PM
You helped make my growing up more interesting
Remember Pat and Curtis Johnson sitting round a fire in our garden at Bridget's crazy house at St Georges Avenue jamming together. So much fun had.

Great times- thanks for always playing Take the Skinheads bowling when asked- especially in Slurps on Bridge street.

Thanks for your existing.
charlie ex Northamptonian 12Oct2021 11:05 AM
So long Pat
You enriched a lot of people’s lives with music, laughter, and conviviality - so long Pat and thanks
Peter, Oxford 12Oct2021 8:00 AM
Effortless cool
Such a loss. I came to the JBC via the Bauhaus/Love and Rockets route in the mid-eighties, but Pat set my listening in another direction. To this awkward New York college kid, he sang of awkward Englishness, yet with an urbanity and archness that set him apart, and even imparted a bit of hope.
I saw the JBC in 1999 at the Wetlands show in NY, and Pat made it all look easy, natural and great fun — casual but never sloppy, as he peppered the show with his wry charm.
I’d read of his recent illness, but am still shocked at his passing, somehow having counted on him always to be around, lobbing satirical sanity our way.
Ave atque vale.
Tom 12Oct2021 7:54 AM
Jazz Butcher
Shocked to just learn of his passing. I have most of the pre creation albums. Will play them all again. Great tunes. Great sense of humour. RIP
Marco 11Oct2021 10:53 PM
Pat Fish was pure genius. Condition Blue still on rotation the most but you could never go wrong with anything. I was actually playing every JB record compiling my favorites for a cdr to play in the car when I heard the news. Made playing the records a bit more difficult to take. Thanks for the music Pat.
tom 11Oct2021 8:23 PM
The Mighty JB
Great memories of wearing out Scandal and S&T on vinyl when they first came out. Just loved Girlfriend and Caroline Wheeler's Birthday Present. Lucky enough to see Pat & his merrymen in Guelph on the Scandal tour. Always such a great, witty sense of humour and always looked forward to the next release. Enjoyed the Fishy Mansions shows as well. Will miss you greatly Pat, RIP.
Jeff, Canada 11Oct2021 4:57 PM
Pat Fish - broadcast and podcast
Hi folks

Pat was the great mate I never met. We did 4 podcasts together covering his life then 3 album appreciations of London Calling, Eno's 'Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) & Velvet Underground's self titled 1969 studio album.

Here's the podcast out their on his life:

The broadcast goes out from Ridge Radio on the 20th November!

Love & Peace

The Saint
The Saint 11Oct2021 3:55 PM
Fish FM...
Hello everyone - we broadcast a special 2 hour radio programme last night here in Paris to celebrate everything Pat Fish. Just some of our favourite tracks really & the live concert from Lausanne. A chance to celebrate just a fraction of the man's artistry, bonhomie & joie de vivre...

Click here for the replay :

Thanks to whoever recorded the gig & whoever took the photo we used.
Bless you Pat - thanks for everything & more <3 <3 <3
Andy 11Oct2021 10:13 AM
Dear Patrick
Rest in peace.

Whitchurch, Hampshire 10Oct2021 8:11 PM
rest in peace pat...
my all-time favourite. a unique genius in every way,
shape and form. your song "hysteria" hits that extra
harder now... <333
ethan o, australia 10Oct2021 11:03 AM
Cheers & pleasant travels
Thank you, Pat Fish, for being a light in so many lives. I will miss that twinkle in your eye, the sound of your voice & guitar and the many recent visits to 'Fishy Mansions'. Your living room concerts were a ray of hope in a dark time and it still shines. Raising a glass in your honour.
Tyler Zepotoczny - Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10Oct2021 7:39 AM
On September 25, we last corresponded with Pat. He was going to take part in our new album. I will use his words written to me in my new song and dedicate it to him. Thank you and i will always remember you Pat!
Max+The Stereofilms from Russia with Love!
Kaliningrad 9Oct2021 6:30 PM
He Was Too Good for This World
Farewell, Mr. Fish. Thank you for all your wonderful music. May God bless and welcome His beautiful, brilliant, and mischievous child.

My first introduction to the music of The Jazz Butcher was through a review by Jackson Griffiths in Tower Records' Pulse Magazine. He wrote something to the effect that "Pat Fish is too clever for his own good."

My first listening experience was Big Planet, Scarey Planet. The album was an aural explosion of amazing wordplay and guitars that glistened and thundered. It made me a fan for life.

As Pat continued to live and create, I became a bit evangelical about his work. During one of his later tours, I met him and Max in NYC to film a video for "All the Saints". We filmed in the late but legendary NY venue The Cake Shop and on the roof of the building. Throughout the day, between takes and locations, Pat continually strummed his guitar and sang, like a songbird happy to be alive.

From "Saints Prayer":

May all the saints, who from their labours rest
Beneath the landslide of souls obsessed with right and wrong,
Who dared to stand against the tide,
Be on your side.

Thank you, Pat, for daring to stand against the tide. We've been blessed to live in a world enriched by your music.
Scott Deschaine - PA, USA 9Oct2021 6:21 PM
Dear Pat
So many good memories with you and Lulu,
Music, music and parties
I Hope you can play guitar and sing in paradise
Merci pour les chansons et la gentillesse, gentleman Pat 💗
Florence Rouen 9Oct2021 4:11 PM
Such a sad day - Pat was a rare diamond amongst coal. What a beautiful soul - he leaves a huge body of work and I am more than sure that his legacy & influence will live on for generations to come.
Ride on Pat, love xxxx
Andy Paris 9Oct2021 3:16 PM
Funny and Brilliant
I still remember the day in 1986 when I bought the US only release, Bloody Nonsense. It became the soundtrack for our senior trip to San Diego. We wore that cassette out!
Over the years I have started to realize that most of the bands that make me laugh, also get boring once the jokes wear off. That never happened with Pat.
His sense of humor was timeless as were his melodies. For all these years, I've held onto hope that he would return to the US for some shows. I would have traveled wherever...
Brad Dayton Utah, USA 9Oct2021 1:10 PM
Pat was one of a kind
My first Jazz Butcher show was at the Paradise in Boston in 1989. Pat seemed genuinely surprised with and heartened by the intense enthusiasm displayed by a number of audience members, including myself. I just loved him and his music so much. There was no one else quite like him. Thanks, Pat, for bringing so much joy to so many of us!
Michael in San Diego 9Oct2021 11:58 AM
Farewell, Dear Chap....
Damn... I just can't believe I'm never going to hear
another new song by you, Pat, or get a
characteristically Fishy email from you... Gonna
miss you, dear chap (as you always called me). We
first met when I was maybe 27 and you were 32 at the
Niteclub 9:30 in Washington DC...
Turns out we had common friends: Those wonderful
Blue Aeroplanes. My band, radioblue, traveled to
the UK for a short tour with the Aeros and you hung
out with us, then later we all spent time in LA
during the making of their 'Beatsongs' Lp... it
was a blur of several years, but we struck up a
correspondence and became friends. I'll never forget
the day you sent me your home demo of "Shakey."
You'd istened to my first solo record, 'everything's
ok,' and knew I was a huge fan of Neil AND Brian...
As I recall you were very proud that you were able
to nick that first line of "Helpless" and still
create a song that was entirely your own (anyway,
that's what I told you).

I've spent the past couple days reading over our
messages, back and forth since I had email. Yours
were always a mixture of sweetness and whimsy with
closings like, "Until next time, dear chap, I
remain, as ever, yours--clutching the deck of an
Icelandic trawler, Pat x..." The handful of actual
letters I had from you were destroyed in the 2010
Nashville floods... and that seems an even greater
loss today. But I do have our FB messages since then
and I just read over them... I cherish those back
and forths. The last one was a response to a message
asking after your health and general well-being and
it read: "All is well, dear chap. Thanks for asking!
A bit quiet on the work front for now, but I need to
get some lyrics written and there's plenty of money
in the bank, so it's not the end of the world. Well,
not until that asteroid thingie ploughs into us
later in the evening, anyway. Hope this finds you in
good form, x..." Well, Pat, tonight it feels like
that asteroid has finally arrived, and I'm not in
such good form. But my life has been so much richer
having known you, having gotten drunk and laughed
with you, having seen you perform, and having had
your hand upon my shoulder. You were always so funny
and so kind... No one's ever called me "Dear
Chap," before and I don't believe anyone ever will
again... My heart goes out to your family and all
those close friends and bandmates whose sorrow must
be miles and miles deeper and wider than what I'm
feeling tonight. RIP, dear chap, as you assume your
rightful place among the last of the gentleman
adventurers, x.
Mark Helm 9Oct2021 11:49 AM
Farewell Poppet
It wasn't until I woke up yesterday and realised
that this was the first day of my 53 years on
this big and scary planet that Pat Fish wasn't
here. And it hurt. The man and his music has
been a big part of me since getting Scandal in
Bohemia out of Northampton library in 1985.
Looking forward to hearing the next new tune or
seeing him live has been one of the good things
which has kept me going over the past 35 years.
In trying to work out why his music means so
much and why it is so different to all the other
great bands all I can come up with is that more
than a 3 minute tune, each of his songs was more
of an eloquent, warm short story of a day in the
life of Pat which made you want to be there with
him experiencing what he was experiencing.
His live shows were a great celebration of life
and that's how I will remember him.... Head down
strumming at 100mph, hair swinging and swaying
equally fast, during the likes of Diamorphine or
Racheland or numerous other tunes, Max alongside
creating his joyous wall of sound. With my eyes
closed in awe, being consumed by the sound with
a massive smile.
Thoughts are with all his family, friends, band
mates and everyone touched by him over the
It feels like that Big Old Wind has taken our
very English summer from us. Thank you for the
memories. Rave on Butch X
andyzed1 8Oct2021 10:21 PM
Rest In Peace, Sir.
Very sad news. Mr. Fish was a fun artist and a true gentleman. I had the privilege/opportunity to travel along a little bit with the Jazz Butcher Conspiracy, on their Condition Blue tour. It was somewhat of an intimate groupie situation and something I’ve always looked back on with fondness. I cannot claim to have “known him.” But I can honestly say I have hung out with him, in multiple cities, in various states of sobriety and - He was a good man.

Thanks for the memories, and the music you leave for us. ❤️
Suz, Chicago 8Oct2021 9:32 PM
Better than a cold bath with someone you dislike
A huge loss, sending all best wishes to Pat’s fans, friends and family
Liz, London 8Oct2021 8:28 PM
Tribute Link
I've run an obituary and tribute on my website if anyone would like to see it. Feel free to add any comments.
Patrick Smith, Somerville Massachusetts 8Oct2021 7:04 PM
Back in the 80's/90's, I thought of The Jazz Butcher as "mine". I could never get my social circle to get into the music as much as I was. All the right elements were there, but they never connected. Oh sure, The Devil Is My Friend is fun to play at a club, but they never got hooked.

Recently, through the scourge of social media, I realized that Pat was that special musician for a lot of people. Not sure what connects us all other than Pat. but its nice to know that that invisible web exists.
Brian Mars, Portland, OR, US 8Oct2021 6:05 PM
Thanks Pat for some of my all-time favorite music.
Great memories
Xine Colorado 8Oct2021 3:46 PM
his words are always on my mind. Hey, I just stopped short of calling out your name...
jack in portland Oregon 8Oct2021 3:14 PM
I genuinely feel like I have lost a dear friend. More than a brilliant songwriter, he was truly a lovely person.
Kirsten Strom, Michigan 8Oct2021 1:17 PM
Not a good day… he was a big part of my musical history

… or in a bar
Peter London 8Oct2021 12:45 PM
This is not Partytime
I knew Pat from 1966. One half of those
memories are gone. Rest in Peace Pat
Alex Green 8Oct2021 10:26 AM
Very sad news. First heard Girl Go, to this day one of my favorites, when i was 15. It was very hard to buy JB albums where i live back then yet managed to get Cult of the Basement and Distressed Gentlefolk, both absolutely great records. Thank you for the music, playing those two in memoriam.
Seffy, Tel Aviv 8Oct2021 10:12 AM
So long my friend
So long my pal. I still can't believe you have gone. You were so kind to me for so many years (and my associates I insisted on dragging along.) The hospitality you showed me when we stayed over.. The football talks... Bouncing around your living room to The Clash... Writing the set list in Hull... Dragging you to a Hull City game... The countless gigs... The records... The books and postcards we exchanged... The music.. God, your music, untouchable in my eyes.... A privilege to know you, a privilege to call you my friend. Sleep easy Sir, sleep easy.
Paul H, Redditch UK 8Oct2021 9:19 AM
A true gent. I'll never forget the last time I saw him. The homeless people sell a paper called Street Sheet for about a dollar a pop. Pat went out pre concert and signed a bunch of them. Now the homeless were getting $20 a pop selling them to the concert goers in line. I bought one.
Jason, Colma California 8Oct2021 6:11 AM
<3 <3 <3
Devastated by this terrible news today. I've been a fan for 35 years or so, and have really treasured these last few years, where Pat was doing his shows, posting online about politics and whatnot. Was hoping to get to meet him one day. Very deeply grateful for his body of work, and his beautiful spirit.
Johnny Nebulous (Austin, TX) 8Oct2021 2:28 AM
A life well lived
I shouldn’t be so hurt by this because Pat lived a great life, gave us so much good music. And Im happy I got to see him live a couple times. Pat, you will be missed by so many but still live in our hearts and turntables and streaming services for a good long time.
Mark Highland Park IL 8Oct2021 2:21 AM
Ground control to Mr, Odd
Pat, you'll be missed. Rest easy. Im kind of gutted
by the news. 24hours later I still have my playlist
on of all my favorites, pulled out records and tapes
and Cds .I just cant believe it. Why do awful people
live forever? Farewell to the Last of the Gentleman
Martin, Ontario 8Oct2021 2:19 AM
tomorrow's just another distance
damn, pat. first you gave me great music, then you taught me how to write better songs and play better guitar, and then, when i actually met you, you turned out to be a really cool human.

to my old friend david w: my heart's with you. pat was an artist in the vergiftung mold, and mns is playing pat's music to his daughter tonight. that's pretty damned cool, you gotta admit.
Rick in Brooklyn 8Oct2021 2:15 AM
NOT the square peg
I don't know who the square peg from Winnipeg is, but it's not me. What a loss. I had hoped one day to have a beer with Pat and not tell him that my wife and I stole words from Southern Mark Smith for our wedding vows. We found out what makes each other's heart sing, and it was with help from the Butcher. Who better to expose a heart than a butcher? No, I would not have told any of this to Pat as we sipped our libations. I probably wouldn't have said anything at all, just listened, as I have been doing for years, am doing right now, and will continue to all my days.
Caelum, Winnipeg 8Oct2021 1:51 AM
They're holding you up
I was maybe 16 or 17 and on my way with friends to see The Jazz Butcher play in my home town. Before heading in, I popped in to the adjacent college radio station where I volunteered sometimes to find the resident jazz DJ nervously pacing the hall. He had been asked to introduce The Jazz Butcher - probably because someone mistakenly thought they were a jazz band and also mistakenly thought he - a well-known introvert - would be comfortable getting on stage in front of a few hundred people.
I jokingly said "I'll do it for you!" and the next thing I knew I was in the green room backstage with Pat Fish & company.

I think they were bemused that a teenager was going to introduce/MC their show but they all also treated me with the utmost respect and good-natured hospitality - offering food & drink, coaching me on what to say, etc. When the time came to do my thing I stumbled over a cord on the stage on my way to the mic, and they didn't even blink. I would have absolute died of embarrassment had one of them snickered.

They let me hang out backstage for the whole show and then back in the green room with them after. I was in absolute awe - I adored Bloody Nonsense and had been trying to teach myself some of the songs on guitar. Pat Fish was completely affable and charming and after hearing so many horror stories about people meeting their musical heroes only to discover what horrible people they really were - well, this experience spoiled me for years and years to come.

They came through again a year or two later. This time I showed up with my girlfriend to the sound check to invite them out to the only vegetarian restaurant in town for supper, which they happily agreed to and we had a grand old time. Pat regaled us of tales of US customs officials analyzing his tooth powder for traces of cocaine, their session in Montréal for Brave New Waves, etc. etc.
I never forgot the open-hearted kindness he showed me and for years I've been meaning to track him down to tell him how much it meant to teenaged me and how important those first few Jazz Butcher albums were to me growing up. Looks like I've lost the opportunity now.
Todd, Toronto 8Oct2021 12:53 AM
Keeping the Curtains Closed.
One night in 1991 (a bit late to the party, I know), I borrowed a "Bloody Nonsense" cassette from a friend. Wasn't sure what to expect from it. Three decades later, my infatuation with Pat's music hasn't diminished a bit. This is crushing news. Pat's talents never got recognition they so richly deserve.
Patrick Smith, Somerville Massachusetts 8Oct2021 12:37 AM
Farewell to true Legend!
It's hard to know what to say and I never had
the pleasure of meeting Pat or seeing The Jazz
Butcher play live but his music reached across
the globe and touched our hearts and made us
smile and sing and dance and forged memories
that will never be forgotten. I tried to
collect every record they released and
although I may be missing a few, I amassed
quite a collection and can honestly say, The
Jazz Butcher never disappointed. Thanks for
all the wonderful music you left behind and my
sincere condolences to all his family and
close friends. Thanks also to Chris Seventeen
for introducing me to The Jazz Butcher through
his writing and the wonderful compilations. I
had hoped that one day Pat would record a
Television Personalities cover for our tribute
series but sadly that never happened. Goodbye
Pat, may your music live on in our hearts.
Wally - Ottawa, Canada 8Oct2021 12:04 AM
Pat Fish - my favourite J - band
I was fortunate enough to see the Jazz Butcher in
Toronto the fall of 1990 (The Phoenix). I was
introduced to Blue Aeroplanes that night too, but
the Butcher blew them away. It turned out to be the
only opportunity that I had to see Pat live, but
what a great night. Thanks for the songs. I never
tired of anything from Bloody Nonsense or all that
followed. Timeless. Party Time, Big Saturday, and
Southern Mark Smith. 35 years of listening and
Chris Keen, Dundas, Ontario 7Oct2021 11:59 PM
Cheers Pat.
Thanks Pat for illuminating my life with your music for nearly 50 years.
Hope your atoms get to join up exactly the same again.
Cheers Mate.🍻😘
Mark Lightfoot Montclair New Jersey 7Oct2021 10:01 PM
This One Really Hurts
There are no words for what Pat's music meant to me. The laughs, the humor, the literature, the commentary and, of course, the alcohol.

And huge thanks to David who put this site up in the Web 1.0 days and kept it going so that we can share this sad moment together today.

Tony 7Oct2021 9:49 PM
RIP Pat Fish
I'm shattered by the news, a real body blow. The news on Facebook, inevitably, insensately, abrupt, left me, a couple of hours back in-country, staring stupidly at the screen. A man who sat at the very top table of British singer-songwriters, an august position indeed. A brilliant raconteur, with an endless store of bizarre, provocative, and hilarious anecdotes about the music industry and parts well beyond, a warm and generous host who held court among a wide range of unusual and fascinating people, a profound and thoughtful man,with an insight of extraordinary meanness, someone with whom the conversation could always be expected to take an unusual and fruitful direction,and a musician with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the field and a taste to match in its catholicism. So many things that I never had the time to say. The world has suffered a hard loss and the lives of all who knew him are the poorer.
Gavin, UK 7Oct2021 9:42 PM
We Have The Music
There was something about the music and the lyrics of the JBC that really appealed to me. The people posting here got it too. I am very saddened by the loss of Pat. I will treasure the music that everyone in the JBC produced and continue to tell more people of the musical treasure. Thank You Pat for your brilliance. Condolences to his family and the JBC mates that lost someone special.
- Robert (aka Monkeeman)
Robert, New York USA 7Oct2021 9:41 PM
So sad my friend
You made your mark on so many hearts. Forever groovin in the bus lane now.
Julia in Brighton 7Oct2021 9:27 PM
Thank you
Your clever songwriting will be missed. You were a unique talent.
Robert in Chicago, USA 7Oct2021 9:15 PM
You were the first...
Yours was the first band whose music I bought sight-unseen, sound un-heard. A CD in a blisterpak from the Tower Records on Maryland Parkway and Flamingo in Las Vegas. The cover--a powder blue-backed cartoon of people tied together on a horse--begged me to discover what sort of music lay beneath. Peculiar music of a most peculiarly delightful sort! Then, I had to go get Bloody Nonsense on cassette (as this never got released on CD in the States). Explaining to my father what was going on in songs like "Death Dentist" or "Caroline Wheeler's Birthday Present" was futile. It really wasn't a case of "getting it" or not. It was just a case of enjoyment. I never understood what was going on in the odder moments, but I loved the ride--careening along the dangerous edge of music with you. <3
alainsane 7Oct2021 8:45 PM
Clever and Jingle Jangle Guitars
Just gutted to hear of his passing. He'd been giving little performances from his living room and it was so nice an intimate. Pat seemed to really like his fans, a refreshing response in these days.

I think it was Dedre O'Donoghue on KCRW in Los Angeles that introduced me to the JBC. Just some of the most clever and interesting songs I had heard in those days and since.

Every time I listen to JB I feel like I've treated myself to a very special dessert. A guilty pleasure.

I wish peace and strength to those closest to Pat, to his family, to his cat, which must miss him very much.

JBC Forever
A W 7Oct2021 8:19 PM
The Butcher is my friend
Wherever I go, the Butcher goes
The Butcher is my friend!


RIP Mr. Fish, I hope you knew how much pure joy, wonder and good feeling you released into the world.

Jason Stinson 7Oct2021 8:05 PM
Heartbreaking 💔
Where do I begin…growing up in a smallish town of Gander,
Newfoundland, Canada in the 80s we listened to a lot of
‘alternative music’. The Jazz Butcher was at the top of the list.
My husband and I dated in our youth but went our separate
ways- we met back up years later and have now been married
for 17 years. We listened to a lot of Jazz Butcher together. I’ve
always considered Big Saturday to be ‘our song’. The first gift I
ever gave my husband was the Bloody Nonsense album for
Christmas when I was 16 in 1988. After we were married his
father mailed that same album to us. Thank you for all the
great music. You shaped my youth and my life - you even
brought together to small town misfits who are still in love in
2021. You will be forever missed. Our sincerest sympathies to
all who are grieving.
Jennifer & Mike British Columbia 7Oct2021 7:49 PM
Condition ‘feeling’ Blue
Awwww Pat my lovely friend. Somehow we became friends online many many years ago. We’ve spent many of the early hours of the morning chatting particularly through the lock down times. I never did get the chance to sort my road trip out with the stop off to see you bit!
You appeared in my life around 1988 both on the TV and via Creation Recs.
To have got to know you in person has been an honour and I will miss our conversations including the planning of the seaside dining room gig which we thought would be fun.
Farewell my friend I won’t forget you and you will live on in my playlists! Until we meet again - sleep well xxx
Manda 7Oct2021 7:40 PM
Another pair of sunglasses gone.
I was lucky enough to see Pat play three times in Ottawa- and live engineered a radio interview with him. We had a chat afterwards, and he was a marvelous fellow.
Some of the absolute best songs of the eighties. Bloody Nonsense was a sacrament amongst some of us back in those days. I recall hitting rock and roll satori dancing right up front at Club Zinc.
I have held out hope that he'd come back around, give us some information, and then go home.
But that's never going to happen now. Rest easy. And thanks for all the fish, Pat.
Andy in Ottawa 7Oct2021 7:24 PM
Born in a drain
So long th to best crooner and ditty lyric writer ever, you were and are a genius and will be mised.
Dennis Miami 7Oct2021 7:16 PM
It all started when...
In 1986 a copy of the Jazz Butcher US compilation "Bloody Nonsense" (BigTime) landed at my college radio station in Amherst, MA. The station had a diverse group of DJs who each seemed to have their own niche, but everybody played the hell out of that record. When "Distressed Gentlefolk" followed on its heels, I was hooked. I got a chance to meet and interview Pat and the band before his Northampton MA show, and he was charming. Great show! I caught him a few years later in Chapel Hill NC, a different band and a different vibe, but again a wonderful show. I shared his music with my friends and children, and was one of many here who lamented that he didn't attract a larger audience. Farewell, Pat, you lovely, strange man.
Jonathan Whitcomb 7Oct2021 7:12 PM
It's a love thing!
Mark, Greece 7Oct2021 7:00 PM
So sad, what a lovely man, spent a lot of time with him seeing JB play, hanging about and laughing a lot in pubs and at Perfect Disaster and Spacemen 3 gigs, he came and shouted and whooped on my demo with my band The Avocados in a studio in the Holloway Road, ensconsed in the pub over the road and appearing now and again with good advice and jokes, so generous. He is in the Viv Stanshall league
of Englishman and I hope he is up there propping up the bar with Viv.
Neil Robson,Penzance 7Oct2021 6:42 PM
Real Men
I want to simply say that the song "Real Men" was like manna in the wilds of Orange County, CA where there were too many of the men Pat described and in the years waaay before the Me Too moment, it worked as confirmation and allyship. That song mattered.
Also, I hope it was Pat who put the moustache on Winston. I bet it was.
In sorrow and gladness.
Elizabeth San Francisco 7Oct2021 6:00 PM
Danke Butcher!
One of my first heros! Marnie, Party Time, Rain, Groovin‘ in a bus lane, your Roadrunner version, ect.. Thanks a lot!
Dirk Geil, Bonn 7Oct2021 5:54 PM
RIP, Pat
Thanks for all the great music and the mad humor. You will be missed.

My condolences, Max.
Cheeso, Los Angeles 7Oct2021 4:59 PM
What if there were Angels ...
Good bye Pat. There are no words...

Maybe it's always Saturday in Heaven.
Just one Big Saturday in Heaven.
Arne, Hamburg 7Oct2021 4:51 PM