Friday, 2 December 2016

Peelfest! #7

Like a Pat Phoenix rising from the cigarette ashes, ever reliable as an old Shep Woolley album surfacing in your nearest charity shop, Maggot Caviar returns once again with a sumptuous soupcon of soothing session sounds salvaged from the cobwebbed corners of the musty stair cupboards of Suburbia.

The Idle Race - Top Gear 29/06/1969
Jeff Lynne pre-Horace Wimp pomp pop and television commercials promoting generic comeback albums in prime time viewing slots.

Tir Na Nog - Top Gear 23/10/1973
The veteran Irish duo were no strangers to the BBC studios, taping no less than four sessions in the space of 17 months. This was the last session and features a somewhat surprising and footstomping reinterpretation of a Nick Drake track.

Glaxo Babies - Peel 19/02/1980
Second session from the Glaxos complete with JP radio jingle performed by John Walters!

The Three Johns - Peel 21/07/1982
Elusive debut session cobbled together from a recent Gideon Coe broadcast (tracks 1-2) and a repeat airing from 1982 found on Mixcloud. A version of You'll Never Walk Alone was also recorded but is sadly missing.

Update 6/12/16:  I published this post last Friday completely unaware that the set was scheduled for broadcast on Chris Hawkins overnight show two days later. So now in fact we DO have the version of You'll Never Walk Alone along with better quality files of Heads Like Convicts and Pink Headed Bug. Next mission: to locate the second Peel set from 1983. In the meantime, sessions 3-6 to are available @ Cliff Richards Neck.

Sophisticated Boom Boom - Peel 20/09/1982
Rare but ropey recording of SBB's second session. Check out the debut session from my post in June 2014.

The Luddites - Peel 10/09/1983
Little known band I know little about. Hailing from Hull, The Luddites released a 3 track ep The Strength Of Your Cry on Xcentric Noise in 1983, which was followed up the following year with a self-financed 7" Altered States. Inbetween, they taped this their only session for JP.

Marc Riley & The Creepers - Peel 25/08/1985
The modern age's answer to John Peel, here's what Mr. Riley was getting up to in summer '85 with the third of the five sessions he taped for the show.

Jasmine Minks - Janice Long 15/10/1986
Until this set was broadcast by Marc Riley back in the summer, I had no idea that it existed. Taped just eight months after their lone Peel set, and with Adam Sanderson having departed in the summer, the group showcased newer more mature songs that would eventually surface on Another Age, but also dug out Where The Traffic Goes, already sounding like a long time bonafide classic despite being released only a couple of years earlier. Follow Me Away was also recorded at the session but alas wasn't aired.

Mangrove Steel Band - Peel 22/03/1987
It was probably safe to assume to expect the unexpected with regards to Peel's eclectic tastes in music, but nobody could have predicted a group of Notting Hill based Trinidadians would be invited to Maida Vale to lay down these three tracks in 1987.

fIREHOSE - Peel 12/06/1988
For some inexplicable reason - or quite possibly several inexplicable reasons - this session from the former Minutemen rhythm section isn't listed on either the JP Wiki or Keeping It Peel sites.

Loudon Wainwright III - Peel-Kershaw 14/08/1993
Live to air double header with inbetween song banter. The Kershaw half (tracks 1-3) were taken from a recent - yep, you guessed it - 6 Music boroadcast, while the Peel tracks are captured from the night of the broadcast.

The Nightingales - Marc Riley 26/05/2016
      For the noughties, I had originally intended to include Culture's third session from 2002, but Fruitier Than Thou did a Morphy Richards and you can now find it on youtube. Instead, we have those stalwarts of the BBC session The Nightingales with their most recent for Marc Riley, a pre-recorded affair for, so we were told, "various reasons".


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