Saturday, March 15, 2014

Peter & the Test Tube Babies - The Mating Sounds of South American Frogs (1983)

Welp, apparently, Peter & the Test Tube Babies are WAY better than I remember. This record is, anyway. I listened to them a bit in high school, saw them once in DC, and I could've sworn they were a bunch of boneheads. What's with all these minor key leads? Are those acoustic guitars? Who's that lady singing backups? And where are the lyrics about being "the boys" who are "out to fight" or whatever? Anyway, as muscular yet melancholic as Mating Sounds is, I'm guessing that it's doing some ghostwriting for a few of the hip throwback punk bands in my lovely city, and furthermore, I'm willing to bet that there are people who think that it's one of the best punk records of all time. EDIT: Yup, Razorcake does.

Track listing:
1. September Part 1
2. Guest List
3. One Night Stand
4. Let's Burn
5. The Jinx
6. Blown Out Again
7. Wimpeez
8. Eastern Bank Holiday '83
9. No Invitation
10. Pissed Punks (Go For It)
11. Never Made It
12. September Part 2

We'll burn everything in sight
We'll even set you alight
We live for the fire and flames


  1. Was bartending last night and my co-worker started playing some Oi! We were playing music off of spotify, blah blah,blah I put the hit Banned from the Pubs on and it segwayed into September Part 2. Had never heard it before anyhow was blown away, Thanks for this!!!!!

  2. P&TTTB are one of those bands that have stupid written all over on the surface but their inner contents are always golden in terms of songwriting and the music behind it. They are goofball geniuses are far as we are concerned. Oi and much thanks cousin.