The vexing thing about cult bands is that they’re often famous only after they’ve broken up. Worse still, their sphere of influence on other musicians is much, much wider than their sales and influence on above-ground pop culture. Ergo, one of Britain’s wittiest and stylistically adventurous songwriters, Pat Fish (aka the Jazz Butcher) is doubly damned.
First off, the cult of the Jazz Butcher and his nebulous group of co-conspirators includes two-thirds of Love & Rockets (or half of Bauhaus, if you prefer), Sonic Boom of Spaceman 3, members of the Blue Aeroplanes and countless closet musical romantics around the globe who have been saved by Fish’s writerly wit and heartfelt pop music gemstones. Secondly, the bugger can’t seem to break up the band or to stop making gorgeous records!