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The Wasted Years

by The Jazz Butcher

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    DVD sized 4CD 20 page book.

    Includes digital pre-order of The Wasted Years. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    shipping out on or around October 20, 2017

      £35 GBP or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of The Wasted Years. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    releases October 20, 2017

      £20 GBP  or more

     

1.
Gloop Jiving
2.
Jazz Butcher Theme
3.
Partytime
4.
Bigfoot Motel
5.
Sex Engine Thing
6.
Chinatown
7.
Zombie Love
8.
Grey Flanellette
9.
La Mer
10.
Poisoned By Food
11.
Love Kittens
12.
Bath Of Bacon
13.
Girls Who Keep Goldfish
14.
Southern Mark Smith (Big Return)
15.
Real Men
16.
Soul Happy Hour
17.
I Need Meat
18.
Just Like Betty Page
19.
Marnie (Muscovite Mix)
20.
Caroline Wheeler's Birthday Present
21.
Mind Like A Playgroup
22.
Girlfriend
23.
My Desert
24.
Big Saturday
25.
Holiday
26.
Red Pets
27.
Only A Rumour
28.
President Reagan's Birthday Present
29.
What's The Matter, Boy?
30.
Walk With The Devil
31.
Down The Drain
32.
Falling In Love
33.
Big Bad Thing
34.
Still In The Kitchen
35.
Hungarian Love Song
36.
The New World
37.
Who Loves You Now
38.
Domestic Animal
39.
Buffalo
40.
Nothing Special
41.
Angels

about

Featuring ‘Bath Of Bacon’, ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’, ‘Sex And Travel’ and ‘Distressed Gentlefolk’.

Remastered by Brian Pyle.

In the early ‘80s, Dave Barker was checking master vinyl copies of classical recordings for glitches – they don’t make jobs like that anymore. In his spare time he discovered innovative souls struggling to make music and welcomed them to his Glass Records label. The roll call included Teenage Fanclub, Spacemen 3, The Pastels and The Jazz Butcher.

The ‘Butcher’ delivered a gaggle of albums and many 45s for Glass from 1983 to 1986, the jacket notes on the dusty tome that recalls this period mentions Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased), Thatcher, DIY post-punk, LSD, surrealist cabaret, The Velvet Underground, a bottle of Cointreau or two, the Amstrad 7090 and Ronco’s ‘Black Magic’ compilation. All that led to the ‘The Wasted Years’: Four albums, many visions…

‘Bath Of Bacon’ was an experiment in sound, conjoining that Ronco platter to Todd Rundgren, a guitar from Wes Montgomery’s cupboard and mentions of imaginary monsters set to some funky chops. “The sound of a few mates failing to take note that they’ve an LP to make!” claims the JB site. It’s pop meets bluesy scat with plenty of deadpan irony – a theme that will recur.

‘A Scandal In Bohemia’ took a “competent little rock band” with a bassist who’d served time in Bauhaus into a world chorused by multi-track vocals and bathroom ambience. “A top-shelf diamond of a record that is filled with excellent, memorable songs.” (All Music).

‘Sex And Travel’ offered a broadening perspective. Competence and European travel beget a narrative akin to an impressionistic cold war spy movie, a “mess of styles” that became coherent. “A great album,” muses All Music before comparing JB mainman Pat Fish to Ray Davies circa 1969. It’s an “accidental” concept album prone to fleeting melancholy.

‘Distressed Gentlefolk’, ahead of the original band’s demise through “fatigue and liquor” was the Butcher’s stab at making their “greatest album ever”. “A beautifully romantic record of soft rock ballads and jazzy torch songs,” enthused Trouser Press. There’s a folky edge scratching away beside the inevitable romp through pop music’s historical lineage.

Four albums, then. The ‘80s recast at an ironic party of malcontents. Indie pop as a soundtrack. Songs that shouldn’t fit together – but do. ‘Wasted Years’? Yeah, really.

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releases October 20, 2017

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