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Peter and the Test Tube Babies

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Peter and the Test Tube Babies
Performing in Chicago, 2012
Performing in Chicago, 2012
Background information
OriginPeacehaven, East Sussex, England
GenresPunk rock, oi!, punk pathetique
Years active1978–present
LabelsCaptain Oi!, Profile, Dr. Strange, Cherry Red, Arising Empire, No Future, Anagram, Dojo
MembersPeter Bywaters
Derek "Strangefish" Greening
Sam Fuller
Nick Abnett
Past membersTrapper
Trev Rutherford
Malcolm 'Mal' Clear
Mark "Ogs" Hoggins
Paul 'H' Henrickson
Christophe Sauniere
David 'Dave' O'Brien
WebsiteOfficial website

Peter and the Test Tube Babies are an English punk rock band, formed in Peacehaven, Sussex in 1978, by Derek "Strangefish" Greening 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.

In recent years the band has 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, Bywaters offers English as a second language tuition on a live-in basis at his home in Brighton.[4]

Strangefish currently[when?] hosts a punk rock radio show with Jimmy Skurvi of the Brighton punk band, Skurvi, on Brighton's Radio Reverb.[5] The shows are also shown every week on his podcast page.[6]

In 2017, Bywaters was refused entry and deported from the US; he claimed because he'd imitated Donald Trump the previous year although U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said it was because he had the wrong visa.[7]


Current line-up[edit]

  • Peter Bywaters  — Vocals
  • Derek "Strangefish" Greening  — Guitar
  • Nick Abnett  — Bass
  • Sam Fuller  — Drums

Original line-up[edit]

  • Peter Bywaters  — Vocals
  • Derek "Strangefish" Greening  — Guitar
  • Chris "Trapper" Marchant  — Bass
  • Trev Rutherford  — Drums

Dave Kent - Drums 1978-1979



  • Pissed and Proud, 1982
  • The Mating Sounds of South American Frogs, 1983
  • Journey to the Centre of Johnny Clarke's Head, 1984
  • The Loud Blaring Punk Rock LP, 1985
  • 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
  • That Shallot, 2017
  • Fuctifano, 2020

EPs and singles[edit]

Compilation appearances[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
  • Punk and Disorderly, 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


  1. ^ Dave Thompson. "Splodgenessabounds album review". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 July 2006.
  2. ^ "Oi! the Album". Oisite.tripod.com. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  3. ^ Gimarc. Punk Diary 1970-1982. p. 348.
  4. ^ "English Language Home Tuition". English-language-home-tuition.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  5. ^ "RadioReverb - Brighton's Community Radio Station". Radioreverb.com. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Del Strangefish's Podcast". PodOmatic. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  7. ^ "British punk singer is 'deported from America for impersonating Donald Trump'". BBC News. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017.

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