Rudimentary Peni - The EPs of RP (Cover Artwork)

Rudimentary Peni

Rudimentary Peni: The EPs of RPThe EPs of RP (1987)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Wow. Rudimentary Peni. The name pretty much says it all. This band is often lumped in with the anarcho-punk sub-genre, mostly because of the booklet that was included in the original pressings of their Death Church LP. However, RP is so much more than a Crass copy (cough, DIRT, cough). This album.

Wow. Rudimentary Peni. The name pretty much says it all. This band is often lumped in with the anarcho-punk sub-genre, mostly because of the booklet that was included in the original pressings of their Death Church LP. However, RP is so much more than a Crass copy (cough, DIRT, cough).

This album is a compilation of their first two EPs: The self-titled, and Farce, which was released on Crass Records. Musically, this is pretty, for lack of a better term, cool. Most songs are under a minute, the instrumentation is fast and almost pre-grind, and the vocals from guitarist/singer Nick Blinko are "fuckin' insane!" On the first EP, Blinko screams, wails, mews, and produces pretty much any high-pitched, odd sound that you can think of. The lyrics are bizarre, mostly focusing on Blinko's mental problems (he has schizophrenia) and bassist Grant's left-wing politics. The apocalyptic nature of the music, as well as Blinko's obsession with death, places this album more in the "death rock" sub-genre.

The second EP on the disc, Farce, is much more musically directed. Nick limits his vocal style a little, making the songs sound more similar and much more generic. However, the lyrics on Farce are more political, making it seem more like the band has a defined "statement."

The artwork is some of the best, most terrifying ever. It literally gave me nightmares. It's like a Tim Burton drawing, but about a million times better. Nick Blinko is apparently recognized throughout the "outsider art" community. Oh, and on "Defined by Age," one of the lyrics is "the older generation or the youth of today," which always makes me think (in best New York accent) "Fuck yeah! Youth of fuckin' Today!" Anyway, Rudimentary Peni gets 8 stars, Farce gets 6.


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fletcher70 (September 27, 2008)

these 2 ep`s kick ass

Anonymous (March 3, 2006)

So... has this just been re-released? Seems like that to me, at least I've never seen it available on vinyl before.

If someone knows any distro in Europe that carries the vinyl version please reply to me about that here!

feeeding5000 (February 14, 2006)

The name comes from when the bassist was in (medical? school). He was studying biology of rabbits, and was told by his prof. that when a female rabbit is a fetus, its clitoris is a "rudimentary penis". found that out from the MRR interview.

Anonymous (February 5, 2006)

What does the name rudimentary peni mean?

Anonymous (November 7, 2005)

I gotta say, I approve of the direction these reviews are going. I'd much rather see people reading reviews of classic anarcho bands than International Noise Conspiracy.

Anonymous (November 7, 2005)

Good record.


feeeding5000 (November 7, 2005)

there's three "e"s in "feeeding5000". That's what gives it "character".

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 7, 2005)

Good to see people are interested in this band. Two good reviews two weeks in a row by feeding5000.

Anonymous (November 7, 2005)

The Mob come from my town oh yes, i can even visit the bus station seen on one of their records. yeah don't come here it sucks. Apparently one of the band members ended up as a mechanic.

Anonymous (November 7, 2005)

New Conflict is ok,not as powerfull as Ungovernable Force, but then i guessed that would be the case.

gladimnotemo (November 7, 2005)

I wouldn't be so quick to call Dirt a Crass ripoff. They might not be innovative (which Crass certainly were later on), but they've got the extremity certainly covered. They might be a punk band that still sounds awful to more "normal" people; that girl's voice is nuts.

Is new Conflict any good at all?

RondoMondo (November 6, 2005)

Flux was a pretty good band. I'd still pick Conflict over most of the other bands. "This is the A.L.F." is a genius song for it's time. It's full of heart and they sound as if they're playing their fingers off. Plus, off of their second cd, they had quite a few catchy diddies. "Crazy Goverments" anyone?

feeeding5000 (November 6, 2005)

And does anyone know where to actually get any albums by the Poison Girls? I ordered Zounds online, but the CD was "out of stock".

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

How the fuck do you not give this at least 5 stars?

feeeding5000 (November 6, 2005)

MDC released the "Multi-Death Corporations" EP on Crass, I think. MDC and the Sleeping Dogs/Braintrust were the only 2 US bands to release anything on Crass records.

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

Flux were awesome... Also, don't forget The Mob or Poison Girls... Maybe they weren't on Crass, but they were definitely part of that scene. Also, MDC released something on Crass. Maybe the UK release of "John Wayne was a Nazi?"


Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

>>>>"The only good crass band."

>>Unless you count Conflict as a Crass band.

Zounds were another good Crass band. Really dark, post-punkish type stuff. Flux of Pink Indians also had a few good songs (most notably "Tube Disaster").

Honestly, I can't think of any Crass bands that I actively dislike. Even Dirt was at least amusing when the squeaky girl was singing.

Benjasauruss (November 6, 2005)

"The only good crass band."

Unless you count Conflict as a Crass band.

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

>>>His lyrics use fantastic/schizoid imagery, but they are still firmly a "political band."

They weren't the least bit political after Death Church. Grant (the bass player) was the political one and all the post-Death Church lyrics were written by Nick.

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

finally some peni gets reviewed

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

Truly original and genius compared to most stale and generic punk.

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

Classic Anarcho.

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

great stuff

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

I love the anarcho-politikill-crust

This is true Punk Rock

BrandonSideleau (November 6, 2005)

Love 'Death Church' the best....."Psycho Squat" & "Army Of Jesus" destroy

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

Great shiz.


etwiels88 (November 6, 2005)

almost pre-grind? what does that mean...

gladimnotemo (November 6, 2005)

Nick Blinko has to be the craziest man ever involved in punk and hardcore. No doubt. I want to read his book so badly.

I have A-Sides and all the songs are fantastic, except they are tracked as six or so in one, which is completely obnoxious.

wehavecomeforyourchildren (November 6, 2005)

i was just thinking about this band earlier today.

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

Suck my Peni

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

"Death rock?" Wha? Hold up, this isn't fucking "Death Church."

These are their EP's. They're basically hardcore punk emphasizing on melody with some of the best vocals ever lent to the genre. If you actually listen beneath the blood-curdling cries of Blinko, it's quit well written.

His lyrics use fantastic/schizoid imagery, but they are still firmly a "political band."


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