Monday, 28 April 2014

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"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
Country:  UK
City:  Peacehaven
Label:  No Future
Format:  CD
Tracks:  13
Time:  34 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 singles"
Year:  1982
Country:  UK
City:  Peacehaven
Label:  Radiation
Format:  CD
Tracks:  11
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:          Punk

























In fact this is not an official album, but a compilation made in 1995 by the brittish label "Anagram" and later in 2014 by italian label "Radiation Records", which wanted compilated all P&TTB studio trackes (not live) between 1978 to 1983. And many people consider this CD as another album because its high quality. If you dislike P&TTB live and concerts recordings, this is the better way to listen to its first tracks in studio. One of the longest surviving Punk bands of them all The Test Tubes brand of good time Oi-ish Punk Rock has put a smile on many a hooligans face over the years – "Up Yer Bum”, "Blown Out Again”, "Transvestite”, "Wimpeez”…how can you not laugh at the wonderfully warped world of Peter & Co? In guitarist Del Greening the band has one of the finest six stringers  of the entire Punk movement, new and old, and albums like "Mating Sounds Of South American Frogs” and "Soberphobia” are essential to any self respecting Punk collection. 
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"The mating sounds of
south american frogs"
Year:  1983
Country: UK
City:  Peacehaven
Label:  Trapper
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  32 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:   19
Time:  42 min.
Format:  CD
Genre:  electronic
Style:         New Wave




























This is perhaps the most understood album of the band and the most rejected for its public. Recorded in 1986, in my country (Spain) was in the shops in 1987, and almost nobody was agree with the new P&TTB musical style, a mix with punk, synth pop, new wave and a little touches of goth. Maybe styles in vogue for the mainstream public, but not for the punks, skins or hardcore from the late 80s. Anyway, If you make an "effort" and forget this band is P&TTB, the album is not bad at all. The sound is totally mainstream with even an electronic drums and keybords, but the songs are good, very good. Firstly I hated this work but nowadays I sincerely like very much
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"Covers - the $hit factory"
Year:  1990
Country:  UK
City:  Peaceheaven
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
Country:  UK
City:  Peaceheaven
Label:  SPV
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
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 very good 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, and the are some little touches of "alternative rock" on the guitars, even hard-rock 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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http://hardcorepunk.free.fr/_pochettes/Peter%20And%20The%20Test%20Tube%20Babies-Supermodels-front.jpg"supermodels"
Year:  1995
Country:  UK
City:  Peaceheaven
Label:  Daily Records
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  39 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk






























Excellent album issue in 1995, just in the middle of the american melodic punk pop explosion (Green Day, Offspring, etc.) a very few people listened to this then. I discovered it few years after, I believe in 97 or 98 and I realized our P&TTB friends had done another excellent and brilliant album of pure brittish punk rock 1977 style. As always nothing to do with hardcore but just 77 sound, 14 tracks and almost 42 of music. Highly recommended for those who love this style in its version more brittish or european.   Excellent
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"Alien pubdiction"
Year:  1998
Country:   UK
City:  Peaceheaven
Label:  We Bite
Format:  CD
Tracks:  16
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk




























I buy this release in 1998 or 1999, I don´t remember exactly, and then and now, I have the same opinion. Is not a bad album at all, but during the 90s decade P&TTB made its best album entitled "supermodel", and perhaps this one was also underrated, but If you listen to it several times, you can to discover a good album in several aspects: sound, composition, lyrics, etc. Recommended.
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"A foot full of bullets"
Year:  2005
Country:  UK
Cuty:  Peacehaven
Label:  Locomotie
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:       Punk
























Penultimate album of the band to date (2014) which was recorded and distributed by the label "Locomotive Music" (now defunct). In UK and Germany had enough acceptance and popularity. In other countries not much.
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http://direct.rhapsody.com/imageserver/v2/albums/Alb.21113574/images/500x500.jpg "Live in Munich"
Year:  1995
Country:  Germany
Label:  We Bite
Format:  CD
Tracks:  18
Time:  56 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk





































THIS REVIEW WAS WRITTEN BY PETER (vocals) IN 1995... Still on a high having made the fantastic 'Supermodels', the next job was to out promoting it. Hans unfortunately could not even go on tour with us, let alone join the band. Henry had set up our biggest ever tour for November and December, 25 shows with no days off! Now of course to bands like Iron Maiden or U2 this is probably just a jaunt but to lazy sods like us it was thrilling yet daunting. The album was due for release in Autumn '95 and the tour, TV, publicity, radio, press, etc., was all in place to promote it, but of course we still had no drummer.  To make matters worse, Trap was also now a full-time roadie and out on tour on the other side of the world and Del was still living in Spain. As far as me and Del knew, Trapper was still in the band after all we'd more or less grown-up together, gone to school together, formed the band together and we'd just made our best album in years. Well it got to October and although I was talking to Trap on the phone, usually to places the other side of the world, it was getting more and more infrequent and he still would not give me a definite answer as to whether he would tour or not. I remember in the end I got hold of him in some hotel in Japan and begged him to do this tour. He had to give me an answer and after much umming and aahring he said he was sorry but no he couldn't make it, he had too much to lose. Too fucking right he had too much to lose...like being in a fucking band for a start!! Thing is Trapper was now in a position where money ruled his life, I best not elaborate further, so a right fucking mess now we were in. Time was running out and drastic measures were called for. Enter Rum and A.D. Me and Del had known Rum and A.D. for donkey's years, in fact A.D. once auditioned for us right back in the beginning and Rum we grew up with in Peacehaven. He was one of the original wild kids and in fact we shared a flat together for about four years. It just so happened they were also playing together in a band in Brighton and were definitely the best thing in that band. I approached them both and thankfully they jumped at the chance of joining the Test Tubes. Del flew back to Brighton and we rehearsed for a week at Esselle Studios, thank god for Kev Stagg, we done one warm up gig in Chelmsford which went well and then flew out to Germany. Walnut (Del's brother) was also with us as roadie.  After a dodgy start in Holland the band soon gelled and we played better than ever. This album was recorded at the Feierwerk in Munich on the 12th of December 1995. We brought the tapes back to England and in early 1996 Del and Harvey Birrell mixed and produced it. I expect it sounds great and everyone says it does but as I've mentioned before, I hate live albums and I hate listening to ourselves live, anyway, I hope that you like it. HERE
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"Live in Lyon"
Year:  1987
Country:  France
City:  Lyon
Label: unofficial release
Format:  CD
Tracks:  19
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:       Punk



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"Live in Manchester"
Year:  1983
Country:  UK
City:  Manchester
Label:  
Format:  DVD , audio
Tracks:  
Time:  
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock





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