This is an interview stolen from 'Skins' no. 4. (1982)
Where, and how did you start?
Peter: First of all, I was the manager of a group in Peacehaven which had
Derek and Chris in, they were called "the Cornflakes", after a while they split
up, and Derek, me and Chris formed a group in my garage, we performed a couple
of songs there.
What are the names of your group members?
Peter: There's me on vocals, Derek, as he likes to be known "Delboy" on
guitar, and backing vocals, there's Chris or "Trapper" on bass, and Mark
Hoggins on drums.
Can you tell me the name of your first record?
Peter: Yeah, "Elvis is dead".
How long has the band been going on?
Peter: Since the end of 1978.
What is your present record label?
Peter: "No Future Records", we are signed for one album and three singles
from November last year so far.
Who are your favourite bands. Peter?
Peter: My favourites at the moment although they change quite regularly are
Blitz, 4-Skins, and a local band from Peacehaven
Can you name some other famous Oi! bands, that you have appeared with?
Peter: We have supported Cockney Rejects, UK
Subs, and some others I can't remember.
My own favourite track of yours is "Maniac" from the "Carry On Oi" album, what is yours?
Peter: "Transvestite" because it is basically different from a lot of other
What will be your next recording?
Peter: Nothing confirmed yet.
What do you think of "No Future" records, are they doing a good job for
Skins and Punks?
Peter: I think "No Future" are really good, I'd say that even if we weren't
signed to them, punks have been ignored far too long, and now it can't be
ignored especially with "No Future" going.
Have you written all the words to your songs, I know you're the group's
Peter: Yeah, I write all the words, and then give them to Derek, and he
works out the music, we take it from there.
Now for a political question, Peter, what do you think of Mrs. Thatcher and
the present government?
Peter: I think she's just ****** the whole place up, that's probably why
punks are so strong at the moment, theres so much rebelling againts them.
Micky and Margaret French of "Last Resort", and Garry Bushell of Sounds have
done a lot for Oi!, what's your view?
Peter: Well, I can't tell the difference between Oi! and punk, obviously
they've done a lot for both. There's a lot of Skins now into punk as well.
Finally, do you see Oi!, Skinheads and punks continuing, have you any final
comment to make?
Peter: Yeah, obviously with the state of the government and country at the
moment, punks always going to be with us, the only thing I don't like now is
this growing trend of punk bashing by some Skins at the concerts, we are
getting now, I think this is really stupid, and ought to stop. We certainly
don't like it.
I would like to thank "Peter and the Test Tube Babies" for giving me some of
their time, and info. Interview by John G. Byrne. Copyright 1982.