The Life and Times of Red Peters:
The Man, The Myth, The Legend
by Dick Small
(Reprinted from Spankers Quarterly, January 1996)
Many musicologists believe that if Red Peters had stuck with just one musical style, he'd have been a power player in the industry years ago. Instead, he jumped from art-rock/new-wave ("Give Youself A Handy, You've Earned It") to a brief stint as frontman for a Brit punk band, the Swollen Members ("Teachers In Space"). He also sang on a record for the a capella group 3 Dog Mouth, and performed an early arrangement of "You Promised the Moon (But I Preferred Uranus)". He recorded the poignant "Ballad of a Dog Named Stains" for country/folksters Smelly Water during his Nashville period.
Now, after delving into so many different kinds of music, Red has ripened into a premier pop parodist and one of America's most original and eclectic artists. Citing such diverse influences as Spike Jones, Bonzo Dog Band, Firesign Theater, Zappa and of course Spinal Tap, the Boston-based, blasphemous balladeer has amassed a broad spectrum of fans, "from pimple-faced teenagers, right up to senior citizens on their deathbeds".