Crushed Butler

Crushed Butler
Background information
Also known as Tiger
Origin London, England
Genres Protopunk, hard rock
Years active 1969–1971
Associated acts The Cravattes
The Rock and Roll Trio
The Way of Life
The Mod Section
The Gorillas
The Jesse Hector Sound
The Gatecrashers
The Orange Illusion
Krayon Angels
The Hearts of Darkness
The Nightriders
X T.Rex
Darryl Read's Beat Existentialists
The Sharp Angles
Past members
Jesse Hector
Alan Butler
Darryl Read
Barry Mitchell
Notable instruments
Fender Telecasteer, Premier Drums. Hofner Bass

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.



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 original material.[3][4] In early 1971, the band changed their name to Tiger (the group), and the line-up had also changed to include Barry Mitchell, formerly a member of an early version of Queen Then Neil Christian of The Crusaders managed them for some time as Tiger, with Arthur Anderson playing bass guitar,[5] but without an improvement in their fortunes, and split up later that year 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 have included three albums (Beat Existentialist (1991) and Freshly Dug (1999) with Ray Manzarek, Bleeding Paradise being the last to date in 2007.[6] In 2000 he starred alongside Jamie Foreman and Zoot Money in the feature film Remember a Day (2000 film) playing the leading role of Roger Bannerman, a reclusive rock star. He currently performs rock concerts with his group Beat Existentialists in Europe and the USA. His later literary works works have included a biographical novel, Stardom Road, and SET, selected poetry works illustrated by George Underwood.

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


  • Crushed Butler Uncrushed 'First Punks from the British Underground 1969-1971' (1998), Dig the Fuzz records - (first release on 10 inch Vinyl)
  • Crushed Butler Uncrushed (2005), RPM records - reissued as Uncrushed: First Punks from the British Underground 1969-1971' CD album (bonus track)
  • Crushed Butler Uncrushed (2005), Madstar Records Germany - reissue CDBABY digital distribution
  • Crushed Butler Uncrushed (2009) Radio Heart Beat Records (with new bonus track on 12" Vinyl)
  • Crushed Butler Its My Life /My Sons Alive vinyl single (2010) Windian Records USA


  1. ^ Strongman, Phil (2008). Pretty Vacant: A History of UK Punk. Cappella Books (illustrated ed.). Chicago Review Press. p. 52. ISBN 1556527527. 
  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 978-1844490127, p. 128
  6. ^ Moco, João (2009) "Jim Morrisson homenageado sexta-feira no MusicBox", Diario de Noticias, 21 July 2009, retrieved 27 September 2009.

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