Rudimentary Peni is a British Anarcho-punk band. Culling influence from many different musical genres, as well as other aspects of culture, they are known as one of the most diverse and original groups to emerge from the punk scene. Although many of their releases spoke to the sentiment of many anarcho-punks, this was only keeping with a generallly misanthropic viewpoint the band embraced. The band's content included subject matter ranging from Lovecraft to daily annoyances, and was never limited to purely apocalyptic or social issues.
In Maximum RocknRoll, issue #237 (February 2003), Matthews explains how he came up with the name of the band: "When I was at school studying biology, we were told that in the fetal stage the clitoris is a rudimentary penis."
The band had early connections with Crass.
The band stopped performing in the 1980s after bassist Grant Matthews was diagnosed with cancer. They continue to record and release material today, though they rarely give interviews.
Nick Blinko has also released a semi-autobiographical novel called The Primal Screamer, which is currently out of print. Blinko has also become increasingly popular in the Outsider Art scene. Though Blinko continues to release new music, he was recently admitted to a psychiatric hospital somewhere in London. The group released the "No More Pain" EP in June of 2008. Nick Blinko has also finished a new untitled novel, due out sometime in the near future.