Peter and the Test Tube Babies

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Peter and the Test Tube Babies
Peter and the Test Tube babies.jpg
Performing in Chicago, 2012
Background information
Origin Peacehaven, England
Genres Punk rock, Punk Pathetique
Years active 1978–present
Labels Captain Oi!, Profile, Dr. Strange, Cherry Red, No Future, Anagram, Dojo
Website http://www.testtubebabies.co.uk/
Members Peter Bywaters, Del Strangefish, Paul 'H' Henrickson, Dave O'Brien
Past members Trapper, Trevor Rutherford, Mal Clear

Peter and the Test Tube Babies are a punk rock band that was formed in the small town of Peacehaven, England in 1978 by Del Strangefish and Peter Bywaters. Due to their humorous tongue-in-cheek lyrics, they have been considered part of the Punk Pathetique subgenre.[1] Peter and the Test Tube Babies were first featured in Sounds magazine in July 1980, and after a John Peel Radio One session, made their vinyl debut on the Brighton compilation album Vaultage 78. They played at festivals including the 11th Antifest in 2005. They also had two songs on the Oi! compilation Oi! the Album in that same year.[2] They favoured absurd lyrics and strange titles, such as "The Queen Gives Good Blow Jobs".[3] In 1982, they covered the chart-topping Gary Glitter hit "I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)" on their album Pissed and Proud.

When the band is not touring, Peter Bywaters offers personal English as a second language tuition on a live-in basis at his home in Brighton.[4]

Del Strangefish currently hosts a Punk Rock Radio Show every Wednesday between 4 - 5pm GMT on Brighton and Hove Community Radio

The band continues to perform to the current day (2013). Their polished, professional live show is in contrast to the non-serious nature of their lyrics.

Current Line Up[edit]

  • Vocals — Peter Bywaters
  • Guitar — Del "Strangefish" Greening
  • Bass Guitar — Paul 'H' Henrickson
  • Drums — Dave O'Brien

Original Line Up[edit]

  • Vocals — Peter Bywaters
  • Guitar — Del "Strangefish" Greening
  • Bass Guitar — Chris "Trapper" Marchant
  • Drums — Trevor Rutherford

Albums[edit]

  • Pissed and Proud, 1982
  • Mating Sounds of South American Frogs, 1983
  • The Loud Blaring Punk Rock Album, 1984
  • Journey to the Centre of Johnny Clarke's Head, 1984
  • Soberphobia, 1986
  • Live and Loud!! - More Chin Shouting, 1990
  • The $hit Factory, 1990
  • Cringe, 1991
  • Supermodels, 1995
  • Schwein Lake Live, 1996
  • Alien Pubduction, 1998
  • A Foot Full of Bullets, 2005
  • "Piss Ups", 2012

EPs and singles[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • Vaultage 78, 1978
  • Oi The Album "Rob A Bank (Wanna)" 1980
  • The Kids Are United "Rob A Bank" 1981
  • Carry On Oi "Transvestite", "Maniac"1981
  • The Secret Life of Punks "Maniac" 1982
  • There Is No Future "Banned From The Pubs", "Up Yer Bum" 1984
  • Angels With Dirty Faces "Banned From The Pubs", "Moped Lads" 1984
  • Viva La Revolution "Run Like Hell" 1985
  • The Best of Peter and the Test Tube Babies, 1988
  • Oi Chartbusters Vol.5 "Transvestite" 1989
  • Test Tube Trash, 1994
  • The Punk Singles Collection, 1995
  • Punk and Disorderly, 1982

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Thompson. "Splodgenessabounds album review". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2006-07-07. 
  2. ^ Oi! the Album
  3. ^ Gimarc. Punk Diary 1970-1982. p. 348. 
  4. ^ Peter Bywaters' English home tuition website

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