Pouring one out for a the passing of that rare combination of wit, style and kindness, Pat Fish. As I write this his band's cultural imprint seems improbably low, with <6400 monthly listeners on Spotify and a wikipedia article that is all of 6 sentences including the correct yet inadequate summation "Their oeuvre is blackly humourous"...
Here's hoping the upcoming "Dr. Cholmondley Repents" set will make it to streaming services in November - seems promising as a teaser double-a-side was uploaded by Fire (Rebecca Wants Her Bike Back/Sixteen Years). In particular the return of many of the 7" only tracks on the classic 80s compilations polled below like the original (faster) Southern Mark Smith, Rain, Hard, Buslane, Devil is my Friend, Death Dentist, JB v Prime Minister will be crucial to his legacy - well maybe not Buslane - but these are definitely half of the best things he ever recorded in my opinion and here to be decided by science. Thought I would poll the first two comps together: Bloody Nonsense, one of the quintessential US late-80s college distillations; and add in the other tracks from UK only Gift of Music (CD version).
|The Human Jungle||1|
|Caroline Wheeler's Birthday Present||1|
|Jazz Butcher Meets Count Dracula||1|
|Partytime b-side version||1|
|The Devil is my Friend||1|
|Zombie Love b-side version||0|
|Girls Who Keep Goldfish b-side version||0|
|Grooving in the Buslane||0|
|The Jazz Butcher Vs The Prime Minister||0|
|President Reagan's Birthday Present||0|
|Southern Mark Smith a-side version||0|
|Lost in France||0|
― mig (guess that dreams always end), Thursday, 7 October 2021 03:45 (two weeks ago)