The Jazz Butcher

Alternately known as "The Jazz Butcher and His Sikkorskis from Hell" and "The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy," The Jazz Butcher was a British pop group founded and fronted by songwriter Pat Fish. The group formed in Oxford, England, in 1982, with guitarist Max Eider serving as Fish's right-hand man. In Bath of Bacon was released later that year and marked the band's eccentric debut, with The Gift of Music and A Scandal in Bohemia both following in 1984. Although Pat Fish's mix of black humor and genre-crossing music proved to be an acquired taste, The Jazz Butcher's Sex and Travel climbed to Number 25 on the UK Independent Albums Chart in 1985, with Distressed Gentlefolk peaking at Number 15 one year later. As the decade progressed, the band's lineup shifted often, with Eider exiting the group in order to launch a solo career and bassist David J leaving the roster to join Love and Rockets. Nevertheless, Pat Fish continued to release new material with an ever-shifting lineup for another decade, with 1995's Illuminate marking the group's final album of the '90s. A reunion album, Rotten Soul, was released in 2000, following Fish's reunion with Eider. An independent record, Last of the Gentleman Adventurers, appeared in 2012, and Fish continued to release archival material and play sporadic shows for another nine years. He passed away on October 5, 2021, at 63 years old, effectively bringing The Jazz Butcher's unique run to an end.

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