Ptooff! is the debut studio album by English psychedelic rock band The Deviants.[4] It was released in 1967 by record label Underground Impresarios.

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Studio album by
Recorded1967 at Sound Techniques, London, England
GenrePsychedelic rock, garage rock, protopunk
LabelUnderground Impresarios
ProducerJonathan Weber
The Deviants chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Uncut3.5/5 stars[3]


Mick Farren and Russell Hunter had met 21-year-old millionaire Nigel Samuel who funded the £700 required for the recording of the album.[citation needed]


Ptooff!! was released in 1967 and 8,000 copies were sold on their own Impresario label via mail order through the UK underground press, such as Oz and International Times, before being picked up and released by Decca Records.[5] The album is self-described on the inside cover as the deviants underground l.p.

The album was re-released in the mid-1980s by record label Psycho. The cover came in a six-panel fold-out with extensive notes, including a review by John Peel: "There is little that is not good, much that is excellent and the occasional flash of brilliance".[6] There are two quotations in the cartoon drawing that fills three panels; one of them, "When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake!!", is a quote from Tuli Kupferberg.[7] Ptooff! was also re-issued on CD in 1992 by Drop Out Records.

Critical receptionEdit

Record Collector called the album "a compellingly itinerant squall of squat-crashing blues-psych-with- issues; the sound of caries and foetid flares."[8]

Track listingEdit

Side A
1."Opening"Sid Bishop, Mick Farren, Russell Hunter, Cord Rees, Steve Sparks0:08
2."I'm Coming Home"Bishop, Farren, Hunter5:59
3."Child of the Sky"Farren, Rees, Hammond4:32
4."Charlie"Bishop, Farren3:56
5."Nothing Man"Farren, Moore4:21
Side B
1."Garbage"Bishop, Farren, Hunter5:36
3."Deviation Street"Farren9:01


  • Mick Farren – lead vocals, piano
  • Sid Bishop – guitar, sitar
  • Cord Rees – bass guitar, Spanish guitar
  • Russell Hunter – drums, backing vocals
  • Duncan Sanderson – vocals and mumbling
  • Stephen Sparks – vocals and mumbling
  • Jennifer Ashworth – vocals and mumbling


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave. "Ptooff! – The Deviants | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 2: MUZE. p. 874.CS1 maint: location (link)
  3. ^ "The Deviants - Ptooff!". June 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "Mick Farren, of U.K. Proto-Punks the Deviants, Dead at 69 After Onstage Collapse". Spin. July 29, 2013.
  5. ^ Motörhead/Pink Fairies Family Tree – Pete Frame, 1982
  6. ^ "Ptooff!". Archived from the original on March 21, 2009. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Farren, Mick (1976). Get on down. A decade of Rock and Roll posters. London: Futura Publications. p. 6.
  8. ^ "Ptooff! - Record Collector Magazine".

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