:: Gizz Butt ::
His real name is Graham Butt. 'Gizz' is taken from the punk character 'Gizzard Puke' from The Kenny Everett Television Show.
Gizz was replacing former live guitarist Jimmy Davies.
He is no stranger to music. Since 1980, he has been in British punk bands such as The Destructers and Wardance.
At the moment, he is currently the frontman/vocalist for his own band, Janus Stark (named after a 1970s cult boys' comic character).
Gizz, still lives in Peterborough, and knew Maxim back in the 80s. The leather jacket he wears on stage is the same one from his early punk days. During the early 90s when Gizz was 'strapped for cash', he became a guitar teacher at Stamford College.
He became enthusiastic about the Prodigy after hearing Jilted on the English Dogs' tour bus, and jumped at the chance to join when he heard from a rock journalist that Liam was auditioning for Jimmy Davies's replacement.
Gizz Butt has his own band, which he has been fronting before joining the Prodigy. They play hardcore punk music, although not in an American style like Bad Religion or Pennywise. Two other members of the band are called Pinch and Shop, strangely enough!
The following info is from the official
Stark take their odd name from a 1970’s comic book character. As an alternative,
Gizz offers up a more startling meaning; ”Janus is the name given to the
computer controlling the British defense system. It was a coincidence really
but it brings to mind raw, naked dangerous power.” Move on to the obvious
next question – ”Who are Janus Stark?”
If you’re unfamiliar with
the name, then study the basics. Fronted by Prodigy live guitarist Gizz
Butt, the band ploughed a trail as the English Dogs before writing a song
called ’Clique’ and changing their approach. Where the older English Dogs
material was more abrasive and underground, ’Clique’ was more considered,
more instant and ultimately more memorable. Encouraged by this, Janus Stark
hit a rich vein of songwriting that saw them go for a more accessible sound,
with big choruses and meaty hooks that stood head and shoulders above the
The alternative club is
the place for Janus Stark,” states Gizz. ”They might play us inbetween
Supergrass and Placebo. The main difference is our songs are like chants,
and people will always enjoy the buzz of the chant, it’s uplifting, brings
people together and it irritates those you want to irritate.”
Perhaps Gizz’s involvement
with the Prodigy gave Janus Stark a world view that was missing before.
Whatever the reason things began to happen. A deal was secured with Earache
in the middle of ’97, and the band put all their energies into the debut
album that would become ’Great Adventure Cigar,’ with the able help of
3 Colours Red producer Terry Thomas. If a label had to be pinned to Janus
Stark’s sound, then cutting edge melodic punk would be the simplest, but
it doesn’t really explain the range of sounds on offer. ’Floyd (What Are
You On)’ houses a huge chorus underlined with a serious Pixie-esque bass
line, whilst ’White Man’ is the band’s heaviest number, coming on like
Helmet with a bad hangover. The album’s most insistent track is ’Every
Little Thing Counts’, a tune that is so persistent that you can’t help
singing along at the top of your voice before it drove you insane with
its infectious chorus. As Gizz rightly points out: ”The melodies write
themselves, if you know what I mean. It’s infectious.””
Janus Stark’s album Great Adventure Cigar was
on the radio station 102.1 for Milwaukee in the States. They were
having a sort of Janus Stark marathon playing all the songs on the album
along with Their Law, Breathe, Firestarter, Voodoo People, Poison and Charly.
This event started on November 13 1998 (4.00pm Central), and lasted until
Nov. 14. It’s also a rumor that Prodigy and/or Janus Stark will be playing
at the Milwaukee Metal Fest, in the Summer of 1999, don’t know that
actual date yet tho.
You can find some more info on the Official
Great Adventure Cigar (tracklisting)
1. Enemy Lines
2. Panic Attack
3. Every LIttle Thing Counts
4. Floyd (What Are You On?)
6. White Man Speak With Fork Tongue
8. New Slant on Nothing
9. 200 Duty Frees
PICTURES WITH THE MAN