through an active avoidance of the press and even live performances
remains a mystery, thus does Rudimentary Peni. Yet through semi-regular
releases they make their mark still today. Nick Blinko's history,
from what can be peiced together, is a colorful one, albeit in
shades of grey. The book "Primal Screamer" is a fictional
auto-biography, and after reading it, one wonders just what is
based on truth, and to what degree, and what is total fantasy.
are only able to be peiced together from his artistic history.
The timeline below shows a partially incomplete listing.
Featured Nick on keyboards and Martin Cooper on vocals, which was
very dark, abbrasive, and primordial.
Nicks First EP with RP. Self Produced at a bargain studio.
Second EP by RP, this time produced at Southern Studios for Crass,
with much better production and organization.
RP's debut LP is a landmark in the punk scene and makes a heavy
impact in the US as well. RP's distinct style sets them apart. However,
Nick's friend Grant, Bassist for RP is stricken with cancer.
A live 7" appears featuring Rudimentary Peni at one of their
early shows. The cover features immitation artwork of Nick Blinko's.
Proceeds are claimed to go towards Animal Rights.
1 (Side Project w/ Artwork)
Part 1, a Pusmort (Pushead) release, uses Nick Blinko's art for
the rear cover of their EP.
After Grant's battle with cancer is apparently succesful, RP are
back with a full studio release based on the tales of Lovecraft.
It's surreal subject matter and sound marks a dividing point, as
some fans find it too weird, while others only become even more
Adrian the 37th Psychiatric
Another long silence is shattered. Proportedly released after
Nicks stay in a mental institution, where the inspiration came
from. The songs are longer, heavier, and more brooding.
Sometime around now
I believe, One of Nick's only full color works appears on the
cover of an art Magazine. Coil, another dark and important band
uses this peice for the cover to their "Unnatural History
Nick Blinko takes a back seat to the writing of new material, allowing
Grant to come up with the most of it. There is an apparent sound
change, though it is not dissapointing. Although Peni's albums become
a major outlet for Blinko's illustrations, with booklets of intense
drawings accompanying releases since Pope Adrian, he continues to
sell prints and originals, as well as participate in art shows and
galleries around the world.
Proving they can withstand the Millenium, Peni return with a new
EP length LP again mainly written by Grant. Shows a return to traditional
RP sounds with a mature growth. Again the release is a showcase
for some of Nick's latest artwork.