British Punk Rock Legends PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES Cover The Stones On Their Newest Single!

British Punk Rock Legends PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES Cover The Stones On Their Newest Single!

3rd October 2023 0 By Jon Deaux

Hot on the heels of their electrifying version of AC/DC’s “Live Wire,” released earlier this year as part of the High Voltage Punk – A Tribute To AC/DC compilation that also featured tracks by UK Subs, 999, Fear, Skids, Anti-Nowhere League, The Vibrators, and more, Brighton’s merry band o’ misfits Peter And The Test Tube Babies release a full-throttle version of The Rolling Stones’ classic “Mother’s Little Helper.”


Originally released in 1966 as part of their commercial and critical breakthrough album Aftermath, “Mother’s Little Helper” showcased the burgeoning songwriting talent of the young Mick Jagger and Keith Richards while its subversive message, calling out the hypocrisy of upper-class drug users, cemented the Stones’ credibility in the countercultural revolution. PATTTB’s version strips the song to its bare essentials, a driving chord progression and a spitfire vocal melody that offers founding vocalist Peter Bywaters a chance to wax serious for a change and let his inner rabble-rouser take center stage. The result is a track that sounds as fresh and new as anything coming out of today’s punk rock scene, which is no mean feat considering the band who created it has been in the game for over 4 decades!


Founding guitarist Del Greening shares, “When Cleopatra Records asked us to cover a Rolling Stones tune, Peter immediately picked their ‘60s classic ‘Mother’s Little Helper.’ It had a guitar riff that could be Test Tubed up, and Oi! at the end and it was about drugs. Perfect!”


Bywaters adds, “A song about getting old and taking drugs. Sums us up to a T.“


Stream/download the single:

And if you’re in that neck of the woods, be sure to catch the band performing live in Ireland this month and around Germany at the close of this year!


Oct 13 Lost Lane – Dublin, IRELAND

Oct 14 Voodoo Belfast – Belfast, IRELAND

Dec 14 SO36 – Berlin, GERMANY

Dec 15 Don’t Panic – Essen, GERMANY

Dec 16 Markthalle – Hamburg, GERMANY

Dec 18 Kleiner Klub – Saarbrücken, GERMANY

Dec 20 Backstage Halle – Munich, GERMANY

Dec 21 Hall, Im Wizemann – Stuttgart, GERMANY

Dec 22 Gebäude 9 – Cologne, GERMANY

Dec 23 Batschkapp – Frankfurt, GERMANY

Dec 30 New Cross Inn, New Cross UK


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