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Rudimentary Peni - Punk Hardcore from United Kingdom - Biography & Full Album Download MP3

Rudimentary Peni

Punk Hardcore Band from United Kingdom formed in 1980

Rudimentary Peni are a British anarcho-punk/deathrock band formed in 1980, emerging from the London anarcho-punk scene. Lead singer/guitarist Nick Blinko is notorious for his witty, macabre lyrics and dark pen-and-ink artwork, prominently featured on all of Rudimentary Peni's albums. Blinko is also rumored to have written the band's Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric album while a resident in a psychiatric hospital. Bassist Grant Matthews has also written a number of songs for the band, though his lyrics primarily focus on sociopolitical themes. Very few photos exist of the band, as their albums feature Blinko's drawings instead, but Pushead published a few in an early edition of his magazine.


Rudimentary Peni were formed in June 1980 in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire by Blinko (vocals, guitar), Greville (drums) and Matthews (bass).Blinko and Greville had met years prior in Langleybury Comprehensive secondary school. Greville had been playing drums since he was young, beginning lessons at the age of 10, and slowly became interested in punk rock around the time Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols by the Sex Pistols was released After meeting Blinko through a mutual friend, the pair began the experimental electronic duo the Magits, formed in 1977 and dissolved around 1980. The Magits released their first and only EP, Fully Coherent, in 1979 on Blinko's newly formed Outer Himalayan Records; it was the label's first release. In his 2006 book The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980–1984, punk historian Ian Glasper referred to the sound of the Magits' EP as a "meandering collection of keyboard torture".Blinko, Greville, and Matthews subsequently formed Rudimentary Peni. In Maximum RocknRoll issue No. 237 (February 2003), Matthews explained how he came up with the name of the band: "When I was at school studying biology, we were told that in the fetal stage the clitoris is a rudimentary penis". By 1981, the band had played their first show, along with the S-Haters and Soft Drinks in Watford, Hertfortshire. Greville later characterized the first show, as well as the ones following it, as fairly disappointing, setting a precedent for the band's distaste for playing live. While they were inspired by punk rock, the band did not adopt the look of the day, as Greville noted: "The majority of people [were] clearly disappointed that we didn't have green mohicans and multiple piercings...if you were the sort of person to be put off by what we looked like, you were never going to understand or appreciate the songs anyway".They recorded their first EP, an eponymous 12-song 7", in 1981 at Street Level Studios in London and released it on Outer Himalayan. It was fast, loud, and often described as "demented" due to the sound, as well as Blinko's lyrics and artwork, which adorned the cover and inner sleeves. After the release of the EP, the band played their first London show on 18 September 1981 along with anarcho-punk bands Flux of Pink Indians and the Subhumans.Early on, Rudimentary Peni had connections with fellow anarcho-punkers Crass, and their second 7" EP, Farce, was issued by Crass Records. Up through the band's first studio album, Death Church (1983), their records were packaged in fold-out paper sleeves full of artwork, lyrics and poster graphics characteristic of Crass and many other bands in the anarcho-punk scene.In 1987, the band's first two EPs were collected by Corpus Christi Records as The EPs of RP.

Rudimentary Peni stopped performing in the mid-1980s after bassist Matthews was diagnosed with cancer. After a four-year hiatus, they recorded Cacophony (1988), a sonic tribute to seminal New England horror author H. P. Lovecraft. Mark Ferelli of Part 1, a contemporary English deathrock band, introduced Blinko to Lovecraft; the pair also pushed each other's pen-and-ink artwork forward via friendly competition.

The band continued to record and release material into the 21st century, including the album Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric (1995) and the EPs Echoes of Anguish (1998), The Underclass (2000), Archaic (2004) and No More Pain (2008), and have maintained a diverse cult following in the United States punk scene. Most reissues of their 1980s albums are now out of print.

Blinko authored a semi-autobiographical novel called The Primal Screamer, originally published in 1995 by Spare Change Books (his bandmates and Ferelli appear under false names), as well as the more recent The Haunted Head (2009, Coptic Cat) and Visions of Pope Adrian 37th (2011, Coptic Cat). Blinko has also become increasingly popular in the outsider art scene.


Nick Blinko - guitar, vocals, artwork, lyrics

Grant Matthews - bass guitar, lyrics

Jon Greville - drums

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Band Members :   Grant Matthews, Nick Blinko, Jon Greville

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12 albums

Rudimentary Peni - Derby 1993

Derby 1993

2015 - United Kingdom
Digital FLAC24 Tracks
Sheffield Tape Archive

Rudimentary Peni - Wilfred Owen The Chances

Wilfred Owen The Chances

2009 - United Kingdom
Punk, Poetry, Experimental
CD Single1 Tracks
Coptic Cat, Outer Himalayan Records

Rudimentary Peni - No More Pain E.P.

No More Pain E.P.

2008 - United Kingdom
Punk, Hardcore
Vinyl 12"10 Tracks
Southern Records

Rudimentary Peni - Archaic EP

Archaic EP

2004 - United Kingdom
Vinyl 10"12 Tracks
Outer Himalayan Records

Rudimentary Peni - The Underclass

The Underclass

2000 - United Kingdom
Vinyl 7"12 Tracks
Outer Himalayan Records

Rudimentary Peni - Echoes Of Anguish

Echoes Of Anguish

1997 - United Kingdom
Vinyl 12"12 Tracks
Outer Himalayan Records

Rudimentary Peni - Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric

Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric

1995 - United Kingdom
Punk, Hardcore
CD Album12 Tracks
Outer Himalayan Records

Rudimentary Peni - Cacophony


1988 - United Kingdom
Vinyl LP30 Tracks
Outer Himalayan Records

Rudimentary Peni - The E.P.

The E.P.'s Of R.P.

1987 - United Kingdom
Vinyl LP23 Tracks
Corpus Christi

Rudimentary Peni - Death Church

Death Church

1983 - United Kingdom
Punk, Deathrock
Vinyl LP23 Tracks
Corpus Christi

Rudimentary Peni - Farce


1982 - United Kingdom
Vinyl 7"11 Tracks
Crass Records

Rudimentary Peni - Rudimentary Peni

Rudimentary Peni

1981 - United Kingdom
Vinyl 7"14 Tracks
Outer Himalayan Records

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