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Crushed Butler
Crushed Butler
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Background information
Renamed as Tiger
Origin London, England
Genres Protopunk, hard rock
1969-1971
The Gorillas, The Jesse Hector Sound, Krayon Angels, Darryl Read's Beat Existentialists
Jesse Hector
Alan Butler
Darryl Read
Barry Wyles

Crushed Butler were a British protopunk/hard rock band that existed between 1969 and 1971. According to 2008's Pretty Vacant: A History of UK Punk, the band "was, in many ways, Britain's first proto-punk band."[1] Band members went on to form Darryl Read's Beat Existentialists, The Gorillas and to pursue solo careers.

History

Crushed Butler formed in 1969 with a line-up of Jesse Hector (guitar, vocals), Alan Butler (bass guitar) and Darryl Read (drums).[2] They initially played cover versions of other bands' songs, before writing their own original material.[3][4]

In early 1971, the band changed their name to Tiger, and the line-up also changed to include Barry Mitchell, formerly a member of an early version of Queen.[5] As Tiger they were managed by Neil Christian of The Crusaders, and Arthur Anderson joined the band on bass guitar. However, they still were unable to secure a record deal and the band split up in late 1971 when Read took up a job as a songwriter at Track Records.[2]

Hector and Butler continued as Helter-Skelter and went on to form The Hammersmith Gorillas (later shortened to The Gorillas), while Read pursued a solo career, as well as working as an actor. Read's works included three albums (Beat Existentialist (1991) and Freshly Dug (1999) with Ray Manzarek and Bleeding Paradise in 2007.[6] Read was killed in a motorcycle accident in June 2013 in Thailand.

Crushed Butler's recordings were eventually released in 1998 by Dig The Fuzz Records on the Uncrushed album.[2]

Discography

Singles

  • "It's My Life" b/w "My Son's Alive" (2010) vinyl single Windian Records USA

Albums

  • Uncrushed (1998) 'First Punks from the British Underground 1969-1971', Dig the Fuzz records - (first release on 10 inch vinyl)
  • Uncrushed (2005), RPM records - reissued as Uncrushed: First Punks from the British Underground 1969-1971 CD album (bonus track)
  • Uncrushed (2005), Madstar Records Germany - reissue CDBABY digital distribution
  • Uncrushed (2009) Radio Heart Beat Records (with new bonus track on 12" vinyl)
  • Uncrushed (2013) Last Years Youth Records Germany (with poster and extras on 10" vinyl)

References

  1. ^ Strongman, Phil (2008). Pretty Vacant: A History of UK Punk. Cappella Books (illustrated ed.). Chicago Review Press. p. 52. ISBN 1-55652-752-7. 
  2. ^ a b c Heibutzki, Ralph "Crushed Butler Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 27 September 2009
  3. ^ Heibutzki, Ralph "Uncrushed Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 27 September 2009
  4. ^ Ankeny, Jason "Jesse Hector Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 27 September 2009
  5. ^ Hodkinson, Mark (2004) Queen: The Early Years, Music Sales, ISBN 978-1-84449-012-7, p. 128
  6. ^ Moco, Joo (2009) "Jim Morrisson homenageado sexta-feira no MusicBox[permanent dead link]", Diario de Noticias, 21 July 2009, retrieved 27 September 2009.

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