Rudimentary Peni – Nottingham, Yorker Club 01/08/82

Cosmetic Plague / B-Ward / Blind Dogs / Inside / Zero Again / Subdued Violence / Mice Race / Media Person / The Gardener / Teenage Time Killers / Sacrifice / Farce / Tower Of Strength / Only Human / Bloody Jellies / Nothing But A Nightmare

Indebted to Chris Low for access to this cassette. A rare glimpse into a Rudimentary Peni live performance, never really thought that many audiences took them that seriously around this era…the band disappeared out of view for a number of years in 1983 amid rumours of death and mental illness, then released the massive ‘Cacophony’ LP in 1988, suddenly people started to take more notice. Nick Blinko’s morbid artwork, displayed in galleries and on the Internet and a book ‘Primal Screamer’ published by Spare Change Books in 1995 also added to the mystique and interest in this band.

Nowadays, audiences all over the world would tear your arm off for a ticket to see Rudimentary Peni reform, shame the audiences in 1982 were so indifferent to the sound that Rudimentary Peni performed!

This gig is a decent quality ‘crowd’ recording, well worth a listen. A performance in the same year at St James Church, Kings Cross, London is also uploaded on this site somewhere. Use the search function on the right.

  1. back2front
    January 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Rudimentary Peni have new work due out this year according to Southern Records

  2. Nic
    February 4, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    I was at this one as well! hehehe…
    I can’t remember who else played apart from Business of Pleasure and The Abductors who were both local Nottingham braindead punk bands, and Verbal Warning…
    The gig was organised by Dig who later went on to found Earache Records…

    I know I took the Peni VERY seriously 🙂 particularly as they were totally infleunced by the first Dayglow Abortions EP…

  3. dez
    July 11, 2008 at 11:04 am

    youve all got it wrong the gig was at the union club on trent bridge i was in the adbductors and we never played the yorker

  4. Nic
    July 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Ah, time…how it alters the memory!
    Cheers Dez for the info – I could have sworn it wasn’t at the Union…but you should know!

  5. dez
    July 11, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Well it was a very long time ago as you say,i was only 14 at the time and must admit i only have a small recolection of it as i went to every gig their for the few months it was open,and listening back now to what we did ill give you the braindead comment but it was the thing at the time cheers Dez

  6. babz
    September 10, 2008 at 10:21 am

    well i was the lead singer in ‘the business of pleasure’..not exactly brain dead…lol..and we supported verbal warning at the yorker plus other bands ..any more info or videos of this gig and pics would be very much appreciated ..babz

  7. Nic
    September 10, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    My apologies, Babs, for my remiss comment earlier in the thread…I won’t make any remarks about brains again…

    However I KNEW it was at the Yorker…maybe The Abductors didn’t play that one…I used to travel up to Notts quite often for gigs through 1982 and 1983, and they all get lumped into a big blur as time goes on…
    For example, I went to see Subhumans play (with Faction – and probably Verbal Warning again) which I remember as being up some side alley in the city centre, but I can’t remember much else about it…was that the Ad-Lib club?

  8. babz
    September 10, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I have recording of ‘the business of pleasure’ from the yorker gig but none of the other bands that played …do you want to hear some and how do I send them?…babz

  9. wan
    February 8, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Didnt go to Yorker but Abductors were on the gig poster I think but didnt play. Never been braindead, I think Abductors tried to keep some humour.

  10. jhdsflkjah
    January 27, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Is anything on this band like nonexistent?

  11. Kieron Egan
    Kieron Egan
    November 25, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    My band Resistance 77 supported Rudimentary Peni at The Yorker, not sure who else was on.
    I have just bought the live LP from the gig but some date it as 1st August (as the LP) or others date it 8th August as You Tube, I don’t know which it was. All I can remember is, what a racket! K77

  12. mark
    January 15, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Reviewed in dawning of a new error zine, 1-8-1982..bands that played ; societies victims/vexed/business of pleasure/the tribe/verbal warning,/rudi pent… and was released on dayves new error tape label..minus a couple of the bands though. . i’m looking for anything by Notts band the TRIBE.

  13. mark
    January 15, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    missed one; ‘Blasphemy’ also played at this

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