1.24.2017

PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES





























"Demo"
Year:  1979
Country:  UK
City:  Peaceheaven
Label:  none
Format:  cassette
Tracks:  18
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk



















 
All the songs on this album were recorded in 1979 and constituted two days of studio work, then only on cassette demo tape until 1985, when the band decided to release it on LP format under its own record label "Hairy Pie Records". Quality sound is medium and most of songs here were never included in official albums nor live concerts. Later, several record labels decided to make the same concept with different artwork, cover and back, such as: Dojo Records, We Bite Records, Dr. Strange Reords, Captain Oi!, Let Them Eat Vinyl, etc.
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"pissed and proud"
Year:  1980
Label:  No Future
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk




















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. 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. They favoured absurd lyrics and strange titles, such as "The Queen Gives Good Blow Jobs". 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" recorded during a live concert in 1980.  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. 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 (2017). Their polished, professional live show is in contrast to the non-serious nature of their lyrics. This album was rrecorded live in Hammersmith, Wood Green & Blackpool-August Bank Holiday 1980.
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"the punk singles collection"
Year:  1982
Label:  Radiation
Format:  CD
Tracks:  11
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk





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"the matting sounds of
south american frogs"
Year:  1983
Label:  Trapper
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk




















Excellent and Brilliant. In my personal opinion this is no doubt the best P&TTB album ever. In all aspects is excellent: creativity, originality, quality sound, melody and the classic intro and outro of the disk, which has been used for another bands. Is a pitty many young people of nowadays doesn´t knoe this album because I think is one of the best punk rock albums ever. And about 80, I can say one of the 5 best punk albums of 80s decade. The album was made and distribute by five different labels, but I think nowadays is  "Captain Oi Records" which do this task, so, If anyone want to buy this pearl in physical format write to the label here below.  Excellent
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"soberphobia"
Year:  1986
Country:  UK
City:  Peacehaven
Label:  Music Box
Tracks:   10
Time:  30 min.
Format:  CD
Genre:  electronic
Style:         New Wave



















With the probably goal to get more money record label, manager and people around the band, influenced them to turn to music styles closer to new wave, synthpop and mainstream rock. After its two excellent albums Peter & The Test Tube Babies writen a fistful of songs not bad at all, but a complete disappointment for its audience, fans and listeners. Just ten tracks and few more than thirty minutes of good new music, clean, smart and well produced, even they used electronic drums and keyboards... but the whole became a complete failure. The group didn't record a new album until 1991, five years later. Despite this, this an album recommended for those who use to dislike typical 80s punk rock style.
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"Covers - the $hit factory"
Year:  1990
Label:  SPV
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Hard Rock






















After a bit of a lay-off we all got back together to make another album, unlike shit-loads of other bands we'd never actually split-up (though quite a few people thought we had), we'd just had a break from each other. Anyway in 1990 we signed a new deal with Rebel Records (part of SPV) from Germany. You may remember that around the end of the Eighties/early 90's that pop music was completely dominated by Stock, Aitken & Waterman, you just could not escape hearing Rick Astley, Jason Donovan, Kylie Minogue, Bananarama , etc., god it was awful, just soul destroying meaningless crap. Bearing this in mind, we thought doing our own Stock, Aitken & Waterman covers would bre a right laugh. Simply jokes, sense of humor and fun covers of Stock, Aitken & Waterman tunes become in hard rock and punk rock sound.
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"cringe"
Year:  1991
Label:  SPV
Format:  CD
Tracks:  18
Time:  39 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk




















What a pitty most of people doesn´t know this album entitled "Cringe" even myself until few time ago, because I am affraid we are in front of one of the best P&TTB albums next to the essential (of course) "The matting sounds of south american frogs". The quality sound and the production work is brilliant, the musicians are really inspired and there are some little touches of "alternative rock" on the guitars, even "grunge" sometimes. A very symphaty work which is high recommended to listen to unles you don´t like punk rock and derivates. One of the best things of P&TTB is the fact they recorded always its albums with the best quality sound possible, because these people think why punk must sound bad and weird? why? not always of course. Life and world is full of injustices, and this album fall in the forgot and was underrated... there was justice at all, so this album is truly great and well done.
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"supermodels"
Year:  1995
Label:  Daily Records
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk




















One of the best P&TTTB album could be this one entitled "suupermodels" and issued in 1995, during the climax of californian pop punk exploision (Green Day, Offspring, etc) and sadly this work was quite or very underrated and almost forgot until ten years ago when the label "Daily Records" decided to re-made it on vinyl format in a limited edition. The true is the album has nothing to do with pop punk or 90's music in general, but was melodic mid-tempo classic punk rock. Excellent songs with just humor doses, satyric lyrics and a very good work related to production, technicians and studio. And excellent album highly recommended for thos who love classic punk rock.
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"alien pub diction"
Year:  1998
Country:  UK
City:  Peaceheaven
Label:  We Bite
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk






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"a foot full of bullets"
Year:  2005
Label:  Locomotive
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:       Punk







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"that shallot"
Year:  2017
Label:  Punk Empire
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk






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