8.13.2012

PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES.

I remember listening to this record for the first time - I was living in my Aunt Gloria's basement in downriver Detroit, circa 1986. I was 17, freshly out of high school in my small Tri-Cities Area town - (Bay City) - and trying to "live the dream" of moving to Detroit to be a "skatepunk". I was bagging groceries during the day & driving my shitty car all over to The Motor City at night looking for skate spots & girls & generally a good time, ya know?

(I didn't mention that my aunt was / is a born-again X-tian who put up w/ my heathen ass, but none the less, she was awesome as fuck & let me do my thing. She also made some serious carnitas & homemade chorizo, so why would I bother to complain)?

Anyways, to make a long story short, I first heard this while listening to a "Brave New Waves" radio broadcast on CJAM out of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. That's also where I heard a ton of stuff ranging from bands like Alien Sex Fiend running the gamut of "alternative" all the way to Black Flag & all points of chaos / art-damage in between.

I haven't listened to this album in a really long time, but every time I hear it, I still feel as though it is a "classic" U.K. punk album. The mix is a bit thin, but the riffs on this thing are epic. Excellent rhythm section & vocal harmonies abound as well. A band that definitely has their own sound. Not much of the rest of their catalog speaks to me, but it ain't bad - it's just that this album (for me anyways) is their pinnacle.

Peter & The Test Tube Babies - The Mating Sounds Of South American Frogs
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9 comments:

  1. You had me hooked at "riffs"!

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  2. Love these guys, got into them in the 80's when I heard them on the punk and disorderly compilation. Thanks for posting this.

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  3. They went to my school (a couple of years before I did) Moped Lads is about the kids who went to school on their crappy mopeds!

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  4. Awesome shit! how did this get away from the teenage me? perfect mix of poppy punk, Oi and may I say a little post punkiness? gonna be on repeat for a while.

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  5. great record but i feel that the loud blaring punk rock album is there best stuff it's very very rude and crude and funny sadly later test tube babies they turned into a shity indy rock band

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  6. I'll still take this one as my favorite - not too keen on the others so much.
    Might be all the Limey-ness vocally, and dick jokes / joke bands in general aren't my thing.
    Unless it is THE MENTORS we are talking about...

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  7. I remember not liking this when it came out because it didn't sound "punk enough" to me for some reason. Now I can totally agree that it was their best record. Does that mean I'm getting old? Ha!

    Killer blog. Thanks!

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