Sunday, 21 September 2014

Ivor Cutler - Peel Sessions 1977-78

 

At the risk of turning this blog into the Ivor Cutler Appreciation Society (which would be no bad thing, mind) here are another two sessions from the great man.
 
 
Of the nine sessions Ivor cut (see what I did there) for Peel during the 70s, only the 1979 set has surfaced so far, courtesy of the indefatigable Fruitier Than Thou. This session from August 1977 - his eighth for the programme - is the only one to have been made available commercially, appearing as a Strange Fruit 12" in 1989, copies of which will now set you back £25 minimum, assuming you're lucky enough to track down a copy.
 
In addition to that we have three pieces from a follow up session in April 1978. A total of 14 pieces were taped at this session - including three episodes of Life In A Scotch Sitting Room. I edited the files from a partial recording of a repeat broadcast on 5 May 1978 that I found on the John Peel Wiki. Thanks and superlatives go out to the unknown tapist/uploader
 
 
 
 

A Great Grey Grasshopper
A Suck Of My Thumb
The Shchi
Get Away From The Wall
The Natural Height Of Cloud
If We Dug A Hole
I Had A Little Boat
I'm Going To A Field
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 12
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 13
Jungle Tips: Owl
                      Lion
                            Leopard
                     Boa 
 
 
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 8
There's Got To Be Something There
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 14
 


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Pere Ubu - 1989 Peel Session Upgrade!



Following my original post of this session (now deleted), Pete Conkerton from the Peel sessions group on Facebook came to the rescue to provide the missing track, We Have The Technology. I've since discovered that all three tracks were officially issued by Mercury in 2007 as bonus material on the expanded and remastered cd editions of The Tenement Year and Cloudland.

This was Cleveland's most famous sons only session for the Peel show, taped on 27th June 1989 and transmitted on 7th August the same year.

Ubu's latest album Carnival Of Souls was released just last week and is available on both cd and vinyl formats.

We Have The Technology
Miss You
Bus Called Happiness
 
 
 
Additionally, Pete has also kindly sent me a file of Doing The Bathroom Ep 2 that was missing from Ivor Cutler's 1992 session, as well as three more files for the 1983 session.. Thanks Pete!!!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Ivor Cutler - Peel Sessions 1991-93


Four more sessions (No's. 17-20) Ivor Cutler taped for the Peel programme in the early nineties.
 
 
Ivor had been a regular session guest on the JP wing-ding after debuting on the short-lived Noght Ride show in 1969, making appearances if not every year then certainly every other yeat.
 
Unsually four years had elaspsed since the Peel/Kershaw double-header of summer 1987 by the time he recorded his first session of the nineties. Perhaps making up for lost time, or maybe a sense of guilt for such a lengthy absence, Ivor was invited back to Maida Vale on Halloween just four months later - the only time he recorded two sessions in the same year for Peel. Two more sessions would ensue a year apart from one another in 1992 and 1993 respectively.
 
As far as I can ascertain, all sessions are in completion bar one missing piece from the 1992 set.*
Ivor would go on to record two more Peel session in 1995 and 1998, the latter recorded at his (Cutler's not Peel's) own home.


* Update 13/9/14 - A file for Doing The Bathroom Ep 2 was kindly sent to me by Pete Conkerton from the excellent John Peel Sessions group on Facebook.

 
 

Glasgow Dreamer Ep 8
Beside The Fish
Footsteps
Green Light
Bill Tong
A Long Hard Gland
Hee Haw
Two Coy Hinnies
Insect
Seaweed
Glasgow Dreamer Ep 6
 
 
Thick Coat
Neighbours
Glasgow Dreamer Ep 7
The Following
Squares and Exit
Sparked Off By
Horse
 
 
 
Peel Intro
Doing The Bathroom Ep 1
The Lid
25,000 Miles
Part Of The Ground
Between Two Walls
Your Side
Pschawa
Ros Vulgaris
A Dale Song
Two Paracetamol
  Doing The Bathroom Ep 2
 
 
 
Gym Mistress
Billy's Wife
Sharks
Slut
A High Treat
Spreadeagled
Terrific Fun
Peelspeak
My Top Twenty Words
Glasgow Dreamer Ep 19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, 30 August 2014

Peelfest! #3


 
 
I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that today is John Peel's 75th birthday, so by appropriate coincidence here is my 75th Peel session post. Previously the Peelfest's have been posted on the anniversary of Uncle John's passing, but I decided to bring this one forward as a small contribution to commemorate this special occasion.
 
So, once again here are five eclectic sessions, one from each decade of John's broadcasting career.
 
 
 
 
Trouble Trouble
An Old Poltroon
Bounce, Bounce, Bounce
There And Back Via Sweden
Interview
In My Room Sits A Box
Beatrice
An Indirect Love Poem



  
 
Nymphenberger
Sphinx
Jig-A-Jig



 
Rodgers and Out
Tears On My Pillow
Jumping Into Love
Margarita
 
Fruitier Than Thou has CDV's debut 1984 Peel session and an Andy Kershaw set from 1985.
 
 
 
 
Hawaiian Island Wranglers
I'm In Love With No One
Street Bunny
Volvo In G

 
 

Pram - Peel 4.3.2000
Sirocco
Steamwhistler
Leeward
The Archivist
A Million Bubbles Burst*

(* bonus track from debut 1999 session).





Monday, 25 August 2014

Ivor Cutler - Peel Session 23/02/1983

 
 
Ivor Cutler's 12th session for Uncle John, albeit with three pieces missing.
 
 
Some confusion abounds as to the exact date the recording of this session took place. Both the John Peel Wiki and Keeping It Peel sites list the date as March 23rd, but the first broadcast was on the 3rd of that month with a repeat airing on the aforementioned date which these recordings are taken from. The same show also featured the sixth session from the Fall which included Smile and Eat Y'Self Fitter, the latter track purportedly sent Peel into a mild state of delirium!
 
A scout about on Google lead me to a Cutler fansite which lists the recording date as February 3rd, so it seems plausible that that is the correct date and clear how confusion over the two dates could have arisen.
 
 
Brenda
Mostly Tins
Bad Eye
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 17
Doughnut In My Hand
Old Black Dog
People Run To The Edge
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 18
Pussy On The Mat
The Wren
Women Of The World

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Red Letter Day - Peel Session 13/04/1986

 
 
Pride of Pompey punky pop purveyors Red Letter Day taped just this one session for John Peel at the dawning of the indelibly-tagged C86 era. The group had already released their debut 7" single Wherever YouMay Run the previous year, self-financed on their own label Last Generation. I recall Janice Long giving the single a fair bit of airplay, even reading out the group's contact address with details of how to purchase the disc (which I duly and eagerly did).
 
The band had formed in 1984, but at the time of this session frontman/guitarist Ade Oakley was the only original member,  recruited Davie Egan (guitar), Keith Metcalfe (bass), and Daryn Price (drums) for a line up that would remain stable until 1988.
 
Possibly too punk for floppy fringed brown anorak brigade and too pop for hardcore post-punkers, RLD seemingly melded UK Subs chord progressions with sixties melodic pop hooks to create their own peculiar post-punk vision - the main riff to Killing Ground wouldn't sound out of place on The Notorious Byrd Brothers or Love first album.
 
The group signed to the Quiet label for their next release, a four track 12" ep entitled Released Emotions issued a few months after this session and a 7" Take Me In Your Arms. A split album with The Sect appeared in 1988, but it wouldn't be until 1991 that they issued their debut album proper, More Songs About Love And War, followed three years later by Nothing At This Moment In Time.
 
Aside from a best of retrospective (Chance Meetings) in 2004, the band issued no further new material, but were still fairly active on the south coast live circuit until the early noughties.
 
 
Spark Of Love
Coming Home
Killing Ground
Pictures
 
 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Yeah Yeah Noh - First Rehearsal 12/08/1983


 
Here's a real treat for fans in awe of the most perfect pop group known to mankind. A lost treasure recently unearthed from Derek Hammond's attic, here's an early version of YYN featuring a line up of Derek Hammond, John Grayland, Graham Summers (drummer on the Cottage Industry ep) and on bass Alan Jenkins of Deep Freeze Mice fame, shaping up songs in preparation for what would this line up's one an only gig at The Imperial Hotel in Leicester the following month.
 
Recorded at the "Mice Abode", Cottage Industry comes almost fully fledged to the debut ep version released almost exactly a year on from this session.
 
Trini Lopez was an out-take from the March '84 sessions for the Cottage Industry 7" but gained a posthumous release on the Cordelia Records sampler album, Obscure Independent Classics Vol 3. Here the song has a more slower-paced jazz swing type of rhythm.
 
Cult Of Excellence is an early stab at what became 1901 from the Beware The Weakling Lines ep.
 
While the title may be familiar, Married Miss New Jersey is a completely different song to the one on Cutting The Heavenly Lawn....
 
Keen Cyclist was later recorded for a home demo session in January '84 which landed the beat combo a recording contract with In Tape. Otherwise the song was dropped from their repertoire.
 
If the Velvet Underground had the great lost album then YYN can lay claim to the great lost 12" only bonus track! Observation was performed at the aforementioned gig but soon dropped. On closer inspection listening to the main E/Amin chord sequence I wonder if this was maybe later adapted for Blood Soup?
 
 
Cottage Industry
Trini Lopez
Keen Cyclist
Cult Of Excellence
Married Miss New Jersey
Observation
 
 
Of course, all this is a world away from where YYN are at now. New single She Pulls The Petal From The Flower was released in June and can be listened to at the group's youtube channel Yeah Yeah Noh Videoh. Once you've done that why not splash out on the 3 track digital ep from Amazon.
You also get a Score Dub of the title track and a new recording of Another Side To Mrs. Quill for your hard earned pennies. In addition to that there's an exclusive Juneau Brothers remix of Petal on Bandcamp. There's also a 6 track dj promo cd doing the rounds with a remix of Quill and new song Automatically Saturday (Arc Vel mix).
 
Yeah Yeah Noh are busy recording a new album which will hopefully be released by the end of the year. Chart their progress at the combo's Facebook page.
 
And while you're logged in to Facebook, maybe you might take a peak at the international - some might say universal - YYN fan club that is The Yeah Yeah Noh Ropey Audio Emporium where you will find all manner of exclusive goodies and rarities past and present.