PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES + THE RELICS – PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE FC 7.4.18
When I first heard about this gig at Peacehaven Football Club I thought “this will be a one off and I have to get my ticket – right now”, so I did. It seemed to take so long to come around too.
My personal history with Peter and the Test Tube Babies (PTTB) started as a young 14 year old at Tideway School. One of my best mates Walnut was the PTTB’s Del’s brother, so he was a big influence. Anyway, it must have been about 1978/79 when PTTB played at Tideway School. It was awesome and we all loved it, but they got banned from playing there again (no surprise). That was the first time I heard brilliant songs such as ‘Banned From the Pubs’, ‘Transvestite’ and of course ‘Peacehaven Wild Kids’. I lived in Denton at the time and was essentially a “Post Office Punk”, but I had a lot of friends in Peacehaven and they always made me feel like one of the wild kids. I went to many PTTB gigs in the early days – Newhaven Boys Club, Lewes, Lamport Community Centre, The Great Dane in Seaford to name but a few.
Anyway back to tonight. PTTB haven’t played ‘Peacehaven Wild Kids’ for some time and Peter and Del (Strangefish) have a great community spirit, which inspired the gig tonight. The band and supporters went to the game this afternoon, which Peacehaven won 1-0 against Chichester City – get in.
The football clubs Director Phil Merry has a band called The Relics that all hail from Peacehaven and provided the support for tonight. Phil was on vocals and the rest of the band were Ele Tully (vocals and backing vocals), Nigel Enever (lead guitar/rhythm and vocals), Chris Fairhall (bass guitar) and Steve Tully (drums). They started the evening off with their rendition of ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and got the room singing along and tapping their feet. They also played ‘You Really Got me’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘Crocodile Rock’, ‘Money’, ‘Sorrow’, ‘Be My Baby’, ‘Sweet Caroline’ (by special request), ‘C’Mon Everybody’, ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’, ‘Locomotion’, ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, ‘Silver Lining’, ‘Paper Plane’ and ‘The Last Time’. Lots of singing along to some classic tunes. Such great community support and a big shout out to Phil for everything he did to support the gig tonight!
Well by now the anticipation had grown. I had met people that I haven’t seen since I was 15 (some 38 years ago) and it had really got surreal. It was more like a punk reunion and I saw so many faces from Brighton circa 78/79/80. There were people that came across from France, Spain, Portugal and the USA just to be here for this special gig. Some fans had travelled hundreds of miles across England too.
Peter Bywater and Del “Strangefish” being the original founding members had instigated this and the crowd were well up for it, some of us have waited for years for a Peacehaven gig and that song. It all kicked off with an absolute favourite ‘Moped Lads’, then straight into ‘Run Like Hell’ the crowd were bouncing and a mosh started to grow and the list of awesome ditties old and new started to flow.
The PTTB setlist was ‘Moped Lads’, ‘Run Like Hell’, The Jinx, ‘Never Made It’, ‘My Unlucky Day’, ‘In Yer Face’, ‘Up Yer Bum’, ‘Spirit Of Keith Moon’, ‘None Of Your Fu**ing Business’, ‘Keep Britain Untidy’, ‘Wrong’, ‘Peacehaven Wild Kids’, ‘Transvestite’, ‘Maniac’, ‘Banned From The Pubs’, ‘Elvis is Dead’ and ‘Blown Out Again’.
As soon as the TTB’s played ‘Peacehaven Wild Kids’ it transferred me right back to 1978 and I have waited for such a long time to hear them perform this song again. Well it was a true reunion and must have taken the band right back to their roots, with many of us being there right from the start 40 years ago. The whole evening was amazing and everyone loved every second. I have to say that my view was from the mosh pit and it was one of the best gigs I have been to in a long time.
Undercover Festival in Margate next Saturday is your next opportunity to see this great band in action, they will be one of the highlights.
More info on the Test Tube Babies here: http://www.testtubebabies.co.uk/
For further information on Peacehaven & Telscombe FC visit the official website: http://www.peacehavenfc.co.uk/