Butter 08 – Butter (LP, US)

27 August 1996 Grand Royal GR 029
A1. 9MM
A2. Shut Up
A3. Butter of 69
A4. Dick Serious
A5. How Do I Relax
A6. It’s the Rage

B1. Mono Lisa
B2. What Are You Wearing
B3. Sex Symbol
B4. Degobrah
B5. Hard to Hold
B6. Butterfucker

Butter 08 - Butter (LP, US) - Cover
Black vinyl album in gatefold sleeve with white paper die-cut inner sleeve (almost identical design to the card sleeve cd edition) and Grand Royal catalogue.

The insert also lists a ‘Butter’ 7″ in the coming soon section which was presumably never released

There is an official video for this Butter of 69 directed by Evan Bernard which can be seen on youtube.com.

This album is frequently referred to as being Butter 08 by Butter 08, untitled and eponoymous but the promo CD of this album and Butter of 69 promo both refer to this album as Butter which is actually the one and only word on the cover (even imprinted on a block of butter).

Many places list the catalogue number for this item as ‘GR029CD’ but the vinyl and CD issue appear to have the exact same catalogue no. of ‘GR029’ with the only identifiable difference being an additional ‘- A’ and ‘- B’ added to the end of the no. on the run-out on the vinyl and an ‘adv’ on the underside of the CD.

The catalogue numbers are probably ‘GR 029 1’ (vinyl) and ‘GR 029 2’ (CD) as these are the standard codes used in barcodes.

Grand Royal also issued a one track promo CD of Butter of 69 and promo album both with band photos not on the commercial release. The album was available on CD (w/card or plastic sleeve), vinyl and on CD in Japan with bonus tracks.

A remix of Degobrah appeared in the film City of Industry.

“In 1996, the scene surrounding Grand Royal proved to be the height of New York City cool, and Butter08 was The Dirty Mac of that era. The brainchild of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion drummer Russell Simins, the group featured director Mike Mills on guitar, along with Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto and Rick Lee of Skeleton Key. Their sole self-titled LP was a hot mess of fuzzed-out dance-funk and broken punk-soul that served as the hidden gem of this particular era of Grand Royal dominance, albeit one a listener could only appreciate if they went whole-hog into the scene that existed around this imprint.” – discogs.com (28 June 2020)

All Songs by BUTTER 08
Vocals/Piano/Organ/Drums: Miho Hatori
Farfisa/Hammond B3/Juno 60/Piano/DJ-70/Guitars/Bkgrnd Vocals: Yuka Honda
Guitar/Bass/Percussion/Samples: Rick Lee
Bass Guitar/Bkgrnd Vocals: Mike Mills
Drums/Vocals/Guitar/Bass: Russell Simins
Produced: Russell Simins, Jamey Straub and Yuka Honda.
Recorded/Mixed with Jamey Staub at GREENE STREET RECORDING
Mastered: Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk

[additional credits detailed below]

A4. Dick Serious
Trombone: Josh Roseman
Trumpet: Ravi Best

A5. How Do I Relax
Contains a sample from “Summer Samba” performed by Walter Wanderley (Marcos Valle & Paulo Sergio Valle) published by Duchess Music Coporation (BMI) Performed by Walter Wanderly, Under License from Polygram Special Markets, A Division of Polygram Group Distribution, INC.

A6. It’s The Rage
Keyboard Solo: Sean Lennon
Drums: Timo Ellis

B4. Degobrah
And Introducing: Evan Bernard – Vocals

“Thanks! Natalie Carlson, Mike Diamond, Chavez, Greene Street Recording, Tom Harrington, Josh Wertheimer, Phil Painson, Dave Harrington, Danny Madorsky, Dougie Bowne, The Chocolate Genius, Boche, Peter Arsenault, Joey At Jemtone, Ben Wheelock, The Odessa, Bouley, The Hat, The East Village, Grand Royal, Jenna and Roy The King of Limousines!”
Band Photos – Michael Lavine
Cover Photos – Joe Wittkop

BARCODE: 7 58148-0029-1 1


[‘Mastered by Capitol’ is machine-stamped, ‘Wally’ is a signature and both words are upside down in relation to the other text]