Led by Oxford philosophy graduate Pat Fish (the Jazz Butcher himself) and featuring a dazzling array of co-conspirators (including David Jay of Love And Rockets fame), The Jazz Butcher is one of the longest running and most cult pop bands in Britain, having recorded some 15 albums since its founding in 1982. This Best-Of compilation features 20 of their most loved tracks, taken from the first 4 albums and 8 singles, when the band were at their creative peak.
Fish's unusual melodies and lyrics won him a loyal underground following in Britain and beyond. By the late mid 80s, through frequent changes of line-up, musical styles and even names, they started to enjoy great success on the American alternative charts, before their U.S. label went belly-up and the classic Conspiracy line-up imploded shortly thereafter.
The archetypical British eccentric band - loaded with melodic gifts and musical individuality, humorous critiques and keen wit - creating heartfelt, thoughtless tunes of classic pop, high on hedonism and sharp of tongue, with lots of mirth, merriment, deceptive whimsy, pathos and quirky insights. Here is music that won the admiration of figures as wildly diverse as Mark E. Smith, Tom Waits, REM, Andrew Eldritch and Alan McGee.
"The Jazz Butcher is one of the most brilliant incisive pop writers that Britain has produced since the glory days of Ray Davies and Pete Townsend. Criminally overlooked by a media obsessed with the next big thing instead of what is actually good. A truly great songwriter." - Alan McGee, president , Creation Records