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Album Review

Recording with a stable backup band, the Jazz Butcher here puts together a top-shelf diamond of a record that is filled with excellent, memorable songs. Diverse styles are deftly referenced here and the lyrics are focused, wry, and often killer clever. The sound quality is a big improvement over that of his prior release, In Bath of Bacon. The drivingly tuneful "Southern Mark Smith" and "Girlfriend" are in a ringing folk-pop style. "I Need Meat" is a jumpy, neo-rockabilly number. "Marnie" deftly mixes funk and ethnic influences. "My Desert" is essentially a sea chantey or campfire singalong with ironically downbeat lyrics. "Caroline Wheeler's Birthday Present" is a fuzzed-out hard rock parody with irreverently Dylan-esque "I Shall Be Free" style lyrics. "Just like Betty Page" is an uptempo, acoustic guitar based, top-tapping delight. And the wonderfully inventive "Real Men" utilizes a bizarre accompaniment of thudding drums, rumbling bass, and sparkling glockenspiel surrounding hilarious lyrics that attack macho attitudes. Don't pass up this album if you can find it.

Customer Reviews

You Need This!

The Jazz Butcher (AKA Pat FIsh and Crew), are an incredibly and sorely underated band, and certainly one of the best most refreshing of the 1980's. Jangly guitars, witty philosophy laced lyrics, excellent musicianship...the whole package, and this is their best single album, slightly above Distressed Gentlefolk. If you are a beginner, go to the com album on ITUNES Draining The Glass, then RUSH and buy this one, then Distressed Gentlefolk. Not much Jazz, just really excellent pop tunes with a sardonic edge.

One of the Best Albums most have never heard of.

It's rare for an artist to release an album / CD where all the songs are good on it, the Jazz Butcher has a magic quality where it's rare he releases an album where you find a bad song. From Max Eider's insanely sweet guitar solo in "Just like Betty Page" to an ultimate all time favorite "Girlfriend" (Yes, we've all been there and have had a night like that) this release has it all. You'd be foolish not to download this sweet recording.


I am not a huge Jazz Butcher fan... that is to say I haven't dug deep into their offerings. But this album is smart, often funny... the music and songwriting goes from funny (Mind like a Playgroup) to weird goofy (Caroline Wheeler...) to pop genius (Girlfriend) to pup sing-a-longs (Soul Happy Hour). From the instrumentation on Real Men to the acosutic guitar chops in Just Like Betty Page, this album is well-crafted, infectious, and down right kick-@ss.


Formed: 1982 in Oxford, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

The Jazz Butcher was the vehicle of prolific singer/songwriter Pat Fish, an archetypal British eccentric whose sharp observational wit and melodic gifts navigated the group through over a decade of constant lineup shifts, stylistic mutations, and even a series of name changes, which found the band performing variously -- and apparently randomly -- under such titles as the Jazz Butcher Conspiracy and the Jazz Butcher & His Sikkorskis from Hell. Fish was born Patrick Huntrods in London in 1957, and...
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