Sunday, 25 October 2015

Peelfest! #6

 
 
 
 
R.I.P. John Peel - eleven years gone. Here are ten more rare and elusive sessions once again, two from each decade of the great man's broadcasting career.
 
 
 
Diamond Hard Blues Apples Of The Moon
Get To You
Little Arabella (And Sorcery)
Brandenburger
 


 
The Whitsun Dance
Lovely Joan
God Dog
The Blacksmith Courted
 
 

 
I'm Walking To A Farm
Baby Sits
The Railway Sleepers
Three Sisters
Big Jim
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol2 Ep19
 
 
 
 
Down Di Road
Reality Poem
Sonny's Lettah
I Want Fi Go Rave
 
 
 
 
This Town
Waiting For A Change
We Belong
One Day
 
 
 
 
Frenz
Get A Hotel
There's A Ghost In My House
Haf Found Bormann
 
Even perennial Peel favourites were prone to doing a spot of moonlighting rival shows as evidenced by this Janice Long set. Featuring a rendition of then current minor hit, two songs that would grace The Frenz Experiment the following year, plus a superior reading (in my humble opinion) of rare B side Haf Found Bormann.
 
 
The Flower Called Nowhere
The Light Will Cease To Fail
Refractions In The Plastic Pulse
Miss Modular
Metronomic Underground
Peelspeak
 
The 'Lab recorded countless sessions for the BBC during the 90s, including five for Peelie, which were largely collected on their exhaustive 2cd set ABC Music. This, their fourth, performed live to air from the BBC Maida Vale studios, wasn't included on that release, so unless you had your finger poised on the pause button back in the day (or evening as the case may be) then you won't have this!

 
Peel Intro
Monkey Puzzle
A Million Bubbles Burst
Teaching Snails To Make Pearls
 
 
 
 
 
Fall
Hey Sailor
Hot Dog
Tonight
 

 
 
Higgle-dy Piggle-dy
Assume
Midnight In Aspen
Pacifying Joint
Interview Pt 1
Interview Pt 2
 
 
With Peel's passing and 6 Music still in it's infancy, the chance of hearing The Fall on the nation's airwaves was slim if not non-existent. Then in stepped none other than Radio 3 with this Fall Heads Roll-heavy set. In the interview MES sings the praises of the democratic nature of his current line up, blissfully unaware they would desert him midway through what turned out to be their last US tour just a few weeks later.
 
 
 
Maggot Caviar will return for a BOGSHED SPECTACULAR in the run up to Christmas, so keep 'em Peeled!


3 comments:

  1. Me again - oh well - thanks for that Frenz-era session, never heard that before - defo sounds argy than their Peel appearance. I wish they'd release their Janice & Goodier sessions officially, I doubt anybody outside of central London has heard them without the undulating waves of viscous Medium Wave static...?

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    1. There's a Mark Goodier session on the deluxe edition of The Infotainment Scan. A Janice Long session from 1984 was included on the Omnibus Edition box set of The Wonderful and Frightening World of..., along with Kid Jensen and Richard Skinner sessions. Not sure how many non-Peel sessions were recorded, but it would be nice if they were collected in one package.

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  2. The Janice version of "Haf Found Bormann" is terrific, way better than the record. I think they only recorded half a dozen-ish non-Peel BBC sessions, including the Saturday Live one, so they'd be easy to round up & release... I might be pro-active (for a change) & drop Cherry Red a line... :)

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