Testors – Vol. 1 1976-1977 E.P. 10″

Here’s the Testors. They rule.

Country: USA
Year: 1976/1977
Label: Incognito
Format: 10″
Lets Get Zoed Out.mp3
I See.mp3
Madras Prison.mp3
M.K. Ultra.mp3

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19,170 Responses to Testors – Vol. 1 1976-1977 E.P. 10″

  1. Jay Thurston says:

    Fuck yes…they did rule!! Where can I find this record?? Is is a real rarity??

  2. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Jay, they pop up from time to time on eBay. There’s a CD release of these recordings too that I think is still in press.

  3. Monger says:

    Whaaaat? you mean to tell me that this isnt tomorrows powerpop sound from Jokkmokk sweden?
    this was sold out before i could get my mitts on one…great stuff

  4. Erich says:

    The Testors, man – THE FUCKING TESTORS!!!!!!! THAT’S THE SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Yo Mama says:

    19 of 31 copies?

  6. Nice limited sleeve- cumstains across your record collection! I only have the boring regular glossy sleeve. While this Volume 1 Testors release on Incognito is pretty good, fucking check out Volume 2- it blows this one out of the water, at least for me. The guitar sound on Volume 2 is way rawer and meaner on all the studio tracks, amazing. This very early Testors stuff is so good, it’s a shame that it went unreleased for all those years. Hey I updated my Hooked on Junk posting on my blog that was previously missing 2 tracks. Hopefully I’ll have some more postings up later this week.

  7. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Must buy me a copy of Vol. 2. Yeah a big shame it wasn´t released at the time Tony. Will head over to download the rest of the tracks :).

  8. dewey decimal says:


  9. billy heartache says:

    Swami Records released a double LP of most of the same material and it should be readily available. Sonny still plays and still kicks some serious guitar ass. A true (mostly) unsung hero of punk rock guitar kung fu.
    Let’s get Zooed Out!!!!!

  10. Chris says:

    Hell yeah!! This is right up there with the Borstal Corduroys “Walking Downtown” EP. Classic to the core!!!

  11. Charlie M says:

    This is one of the best things you’ve posted Peter – insanely great. Man…I’m after those 10″s……………

  12. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    That so little text accompanied with a great record can generate so many comments. Guess that the less shit I write the more you’re willing to comment ha ha. Glad you all liked it. And keep spreading the word about the Testors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Jeff89 says:

    Now how about posting that borstal corduroys ep? Don’t know anyone who’s got it but its legend

    • Erich says:

      Nobody has it, but still it’s a legend? Reminds me of Jesus! I pray for you!

      • Jeff89 says:

        Lol!! Thanks man! Only heard it on cassette on ride to festival. It is unbelievable but local word is pressing was like 200 so best to forget and move on….

      • jared says:

        Ok I am disturbed to see this BC record referenced here. My bandmate listened to all four tracks over and over for months and is now in a psychiatric hospital. He bought it from squatted grocery store in rural East of England where band live. Pretty scary place. No internet phone etc. His parents burned the record and I was glad to see it go. Genius yes but NOT worth it.

  14. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Never heard of. Link(s)?

  15. Jeff89 says:

    Wtf??? Jared are you for real? What is this, the Blair witch? Its one of the best punk records ever made, no more or less, its JUST A RECORD!! And burning records= burning books dude

  16. jared says:

    I hear you, but there is a line between insanely catchy riffs and melodies that stick in your head, and something close to brainwashing or whatever you want to call it. This record crosses that line. Glad no one is likely to hear it. Please do not post.

  17. Charlie M says:

    I dig this site particularly (and a handful of others like 45revolutions, Goodbadmusic and Worthless Trash) ’cause it unabashedly posts music from every aspect of what was called ‘punk’ in the earliest days before everything became hopelessly codified. ‘Scratchy weird shit’, ‘odd pop-yet-still-punk’ etc etc.

    However….when the guys post ‘savage raw punk’ blasters I’m undeniably happiest! And this is a total mouth-wide-open killer! It makes me wonder how much of THIS calibre is still out there awaiting unearthing.

    Borstal Corduroys “Walking Downtown” EP.
    Of course I was suckered and Googled it……….
    Reminds me of a scam I ‘NEARLY’ but never quite got round to 20 years ago – I wrote up a lengthy scene report intended for MRR purporting to be from the highly isolated (yet naturally ‘thriving’!) scene on Easter Island. Created a ‘feasible’ back-story, bands, cassette only recordings etc etc. ….I was too lazy to finish and send. I sometimes wonder if I’d done that how many items mentioned might turn up on a Google search these days….!

    Then there’s the Norman Sleek story (and variations) that I took for real when I heard it as an 11 year old back in ’78. Original was a parody (a punk rock opera by the Albertos!) involving a guy who commits suicide on stage as part of the performance. This mutated somewhere down the line (at my school at least!) into the story that when the Albertos played live they would chop peoples fingers off ‘live on stage’! I sort of wish it had been true………..

    • Chris says:

      Kbd- home of conspiracy theorists! Peace out everyone. Jared, with respect to you I doubt whether the borstal corduroys record is a tool of mind control! Its just an oddity released in rural cambridgeshire circa may this year and sold in pubs and clubs. My mate has a copy numbered 82 of 150. Will get him to pass on mp3s as it really is a stormer.

  18. Erich says:

    Hahaha, wonderful. Keep the fun coming, guys.

  19. Det var det varsta vad jankarna och de andra blev kata av det har oljudet. Tja det ar val en bra rekommendation det.

  20. b e h j a n says:

    3-4 years ago Sonny Vincent had a show here at a small club in the town I live in and the show was very good and well-appreciated by all people.
    He made a very friendly impression and it seems to me he is a lifetime-Punk.Btw,which LP/CD of him/TESTORS is the most comprehensive one?
    Incognito Records and I guess italian Rave-Up labels released a few records of him but seems they are all sold-out and no re-pressing that I would know of.

  21. Jay Thurston says:

    I was in a record store in Hollywood this week and there were people talking about this site and the Testors…I, just listened. You are fucking famous Peter…hahahaha. I think you must make millions off of us and laughing all the way to the bank. You are a sellout… : )

    • Jay Thurston says:

      Did you hear me Peter?? A SELLOUT!!!! Oops…I mean a FAMOUS SELLOUT.

      • The Flakes // Drummer says:

        What did they say then? “You´ve been to that KBD blog? It fucking sucks 99% of the time but a couple of days ago they posted the first great record: Testors.”

        I wish I was a sellout but I still has to shell out money for the site cause you bastards don´t click the ads enough ha ha.

        • I tried click the adds once, but it made me feel like a sell-out as it generated more millions to you Peter.

          • Jay Thurston says:

            I just listened to them talking about all the great music you post. They didn’t mention Martin though…hmmm??? Maybe Martin is not as famous yet. He still lives on the bottom of the hill…haha. It was strange to hear people talk about the site though. My cursor will not reach the “donate” button…I have tried. : )

  22. Cracked Actor says:

    Somebody help me I heard that Sonny Vincent had bend after Testors broke and they are released one or two 7” in early 80’s. I need the name of the band if it really exist! I really like Testors, thanks for this great post! Killer Record!!!

  23. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Probably Sonny Vincent and the Extremes:
    there should be a flexi around.

  24. Dr john edwards says:


    I’m following a thread concerning a record by the Borstal Corduroys (usually known as the Walking Downtown EP, or the F*** Punk EP). I’m researching links between psychosis and certain kinds of extreme music and I don’t believe this record can have been released as recently (and with as small a pressing) as is claimed. The reason is, it is among four punk records which are cited time and again in discussions with mental health professionals about music linked to or triggering episodes of psychosis. I have tried to establish the origins of this record but I believe they are being kept deliberately obscure and off-net. The band members listed on the sleeve all have obviously fake “punk” names and there is no address. Anecdotal evidence suggests it came not from rural Eastern England but from an urban section of Cambridge called Cherry Hinton. But there is no record of the band ever having played in that neighbourhood or any of the regular punk venues in the city of Cambridge. There is a rumour that a big-name mainstream songwriter is involved. Certainly the combination of brutal, semi-inept playing and Max Martin-style hooks suggests this could be true. If anyone can help solve the mystery of this band, PLEASE get in touch.

  25. JOHNNY says:

    FUCK YES! A friend just bought a copy of the Borstal Corduroys 7″ for $250. Blew me away. He has promised me a CD-R copy so insanity here we come…

  26. b e h j a n says:

    Dr.John Edwards:
    what do you mean exactly?? Or maybe I am not able to understand it?!

    ” (…)came not from rural Eastern England but from an urban section of
    Cambridge called Cherry Hinton(…)” ETC…

    Who and what do you mean? The Borstal Corduroys or
    Sonny Vincent / Testors???

    I understand that comments can digress from the actual topic (record) to a certain degree and hence some records presented here have over 50+ comments and then one thinks “WOW” but then you see it has not much to do with the actual topic (record).

    Or it is just that I am TOO concerned about comments that deal about substantial info and facts about records especially in this very blog.

  27. Dr John Edwards says:

    Dear Behjan,

    My comments/question relates to the Borstal Corduroys, an English band, not the Testors. I added the comment here as someone had previously referred to this band in the thread. Sorry for the confusion. I am pursuing any avenue of enquiry that I can find.

    Many thanks
    Dr J Edwards

    • Tokyo Ray says:

      Hey if anyone is interested this band the Borstal Corduroys got a mention in a Group on Facebook called “Cherry Hinton Garage Punk Scene” along with other bands…. God I wish I could get there. Who wouldn’t want to hear “THE SHEENAS” “VIOLENT NUNS” and “DAD AND THE GIRLS”???

  28. b e h j a n says:

    so hopefully this BORSTAL CORDUROYS thing will be solved and make you
    and us happy,Dr.John Edwards.But I would be very surprised if this BC record would be a an artifact from the 76-82 era…Like that PORNO CASSETTES record (spelling? band-name correct?)

  29. Charlie M says:

    Weird that this should show up right now. I just got a copy of the BCs 7″ in a trade today. It’s not as good as it’s cracked up to be. Did I say cracked up? I have started feeling a bit odd since listening to it this afternoon.

  30. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Charlie, do you happen to have mp3s of the BC 7″? Would love to hear it.

  31. Stevey says:

    Any word yet about the BC 7″?

    • Jase N says:

      a collector store in osaka was selling it for $250 last month. can it really be worth that?

      • Chris says:

        RE. the BCs single… Look at it this way… Would you sooner have 20 mediocre records or one of the best punk records ever made.

        Second thoughts, probably NOT worth it. Cos someone is bound to do a cheap re-press of a record this mind-blowing.

  32. stevej82 says:

    Why is this the only ref I can find online to the Borstal Corduroys?

    Last Sat: another punk/garage night shut down by the police thanks to crowd violence by the BCs audience… This is an unbelieveable band but it’s not OK for them to leave a trail of destruction and say it’s nothing to do with them. Just my view.

    • Jayne says:

      Hey there!!! The BCs are no more!!! I played guitar on that record but trustme its all sold out! Me and Rachel (bass) are now in TAMMY & THE LETHALS… New 7″ Pogo Abortion out on Wavy Line next month

  33. Tom Jackson says:


    Testors Reunion-’77 Punk Rock Legends return for two shows in April ,2011

    Sneak Preview performance in NYC Saturday April 9, 2011 & Show at the ‘Atlanta Mess Around’, Saturday, April 16

    TESTORS featuring Sonny Vincent (original ’77 line-up) will be appearing at The Delancey in NYC on April 9, 2011 for a sneak preview reunion performance.

    Formed in 1975, this band is one of the most raw and catastrophic groups to ever grace the stages of CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City. The group split up in 1979. This will be their first appearance since they were shocking, inspiring and pissing off people all over town.

    “Yeah I worked on these guys for years to get together and finally they have agreed, nothing like playing those songs with the original line-up” – Sonny Vincent

    Saturday, April 9 at 9:00pm – $10 at the door
    The Delancey
    168 Delancey Street

    Testors will also appear at the Atlanta Mess Around Festival on Saturday April 16,2011

    The Atlanta Mess-Around is back! The 2010 event surpassed every expectation, and Douchemaster Records, Rob?s House Records and Triple Ds are jumping out of their seats ready to announce the 2011 line-up:

    Scuzzy NYC punks and original home for Sonny Vincent, Testors, will reform with all-original players for two Stateside shows only. They’ll be at The Atlanta Mess Around Festival on April 16 with a warm-up show at the Delancy in NYC on April 9.

    TESTORS: featuring Sonny Vincent, Oblivians, Hunx & his Punx, Subsonics and the Mind Spinders headline this year?s event at The EARL and 529 in East Atlanta Village.

    So?get your passes, get your airfare, and book your stay at the Highland Inn. April 15 through 17 it?s on!

    Your Atlanta Mess-Around 2011 line up:

    TESTORS: featuring Sonny Vincent
    Hunx & His Punx
    Mind Spiders
    GG King
    Personal & The Pizzas
    Shannon & The Clams
    Ex Humans
    K Holes
    White Mystery
    Half Rats
    Die Rotzz
    Bad Sports
    Midnite Snaxxx
    The Clap
    Dunch w/ Gentleman Jesse
    More TBA[more]

    the EARL: http://www.badearl.com
    ticketing: http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/13340.aspx

  34. mary says:

    i heard joey pinter of xheartbreaker walter lures waldos nyc is specoal guest on the guitar is this true?jeff west also a waldo and testor n drums?

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