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, Oi!, Punk Pathetique
Years active 1978–present
Labels Captain Oi!, Profile, Dr. Strange, Cherry Red, No Future, Anagram, Dojo
Website Official website
Members Peter Bywaters
Derek "Strangefish" Greening
Sam Fuller
Nick Abnett
Past members Trapper
Trevor Rutherford
Malcolm 'Mal' Clear
David 'Dave' O'Brien
Paul 'H' Henrickson,

Peter and the Test Tube Babies are an English 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 with Jimmy Skurvi of the Brighton punk band, Skurvi, on Brighton's Radio Reverb.[5] The shows are also podcasted every week on his podcast page.[6]

The band continues to perform to the current day (2016). Their polished, professional live show is in contrast to the non-serious nature of their lyrics.

In 2017, Peter Bywaters was refused entry and deported from the USA, apparently for having imitated Donald Trump the previous year, however, US Customs and Border Protection officials said that he was deported for having the wrong visa.[7]

Current line-up[edit]

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

Original line-up[edit]

  • Vocals — Peter Bywaters
  • Guitar — Derek "Strangefish" Greening
  • Bass Guitar — Chris "Trapper" Marchant
  • Drums — Mark Hoggins (Ogs)

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
  • That Shallot, 2017

EPs and singles[edit]

Compilation albums[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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Thompson. "Splodgenessabounds album review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2006-07-07. 
  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'". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 

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