Jack Butler
Jack Butler

Jack Butler

About Jack Butler

Private Domain is one of his more recent projects, but Jack Butler has been a part of many other San Diego bands, the names of which would be worth recounting simply for laughs, let alone for the noble purpose of music history. Glory would be a good place to start, not the type dreamt of by rock-star wannabes, but the name of a band that also evolved out of and through a variety of other ensembles in which some of San Diego's finer rockers seemed to be joined at the hip. The young Butler was in Thee Dark Ages back in 1966 and was playing under the frightening banner of Funky Buckwheat the following year. Blues Messenger was the final incarnation before the Glory name was chosen in the late '60s; in the following decade there was also the Buzzards and the Third Planet Band, involving some overlapping of the glorious personnel.
Glory, all told, is said to have been the longest-running underground rock combo in San Diego's history. Butler's bandmate, Jerry Raney, went on from there to start the Beat Farmers. Butler worked with the Brain Police, named after the first song ever recorded by the Mothers of Invention, before forming Private Domain with vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Paul Shaffer. Both players had also been involved in yet another badly behaved band, this one called Bratz. The Private Domain debut album has been released, dropped, and reissued by at least a half-dozen companies. Several songs from the recording have made their way onto film soundtracks. ~ Eugene Chadbourne