Sunday, November 12, 2006

John Peel - "Night Ride" - 7th. May 1969

Ivor Cutler/Bob Cobbing

To all intents and purposes, this is one of Peelie's "Night Ride" shows, featuring the usual mix of BBC archive tracks from around the world, Peel favourites from the time and of course session guests. In this case the session is from Ivor Cutler, in the very first of his many well-loved sessions for Peel over the years. Peel's other studio guest is Bob Cobbing, whose "sound poem" (with François Dufrêne) is by far the most "challenging" piece on the show. Also featured are The Who, with tracks from their recently-released "Tommy" opus, and a couple of wonderful numbers from Leonard Cohen and Louis Armstrong.

However, this is not technically a Night Ride show at all: Night Rides normally went out at midnight and featured other presenters as well as Peel. It seems that Radio 1 had a reshuffle around this time and Peel's bit of Night Ride was taken out and moved to the earlier 8:15 slot, sandwiched between "My Kind of Folk" and "Jazz Workshop". Apparently Peel referred to this short-lived show as "Son of Night Ride" (thanks to Colin Ellis for that info), and the announcer refers to this as one of John Peel's "nameless extravaganzas".

But hey! Enough of my yakkin'. Whaddaya say, let's boogie!

Download (192Kbps MP3, total time 58 mins approx.)

Wednesday, 7th. May, 1969
8:15 till 9:15

Studio Guests
Ivor Cutler, Bob Cobbing

Ivor Cutler
Recorded - 5th. May, 1969
Producer - Pete Ritzema
Engineer - Mike Harding
Studio - Studio S2, Sub-Basement, Broadcasting House

  • Leonard Cohen - A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes (from "Songs from A Room")
  • Finnish Kantele Music (BBC archives)
  • Ivor Cutler - Trouble Trouble (session)
  • The Who - Christmas (from "Tommy")
  • Ivor Cutler - An Old Poltroon (live poem)
  • Ivor Cutler - Bounce, Bounce, Bounce (session)
  • Peter Cook and Dudley Moore - The Leaping Order of Nuns (from "Not Only ... But Also")
  • The Who - Go To The Mirror (from "Tommy")
  • The Shepherd Song from Sweden (BBC archives)
  • Ivor Cutler - There And Back Via Sweden (live poem)
  • Ivor Cutler - In My Room There Sits A Box (session)
  • Peel, Ivor Cutler and Bob Cobbing - Discussion about the upcoming "poetry marathon"
  • Bob Cobbing & François Dufrêne - Spontaneous Appealinair Contemprate Apollinaire
  • Mikis Theodorakis & Maria Farandouri - O Andonis (from "The Ballad of Mauthausen")
  • Modernised Folk Song from Ceylon (BBC archives)
  • Ivor Cutler - Beatrice And Her Dirty Knees (live poem)
  • Merrill E. Moore - Rock Rockola
  • Ivor Cutler - An Indirect Love Poem (live poem)
  • Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five - Struttin' with Some Barbecue
  • Tho Who - The Overture [part of] (from "Tommy")

Friday, October 13, 2006

John Peel - Radio 1 - 25th. March 2003


This one's for Ryan, who's namechecked in this very show, and sadly lost his copy of it (and many other Peel shows) in one of those hard disk crashes that are the stuff of nightmares. Ryan's mention comes about 19 minutes in, between Blur and Adrian Sherwood. Peelie also mentions that he read out your email about Magoo the previous week, Ryan, so I'll see if I can find that show too.

That's not Ryan above, BTW. No, that surprisingly innocent-looking young chap is Billy Pollard from Toronto, AKA knifehandchop, whose mix session features in this show.

  • Mos Eisley - 'We Are Solution (CD Single)' (Beautiful Pigeon)
  • Qebo - 'Polyrtet (LP - Flopper)' (Basic Channel)
  • Amalgamated Sons Of Rest - 'Major March (LP - Amalgamated Sons Of Rest)' (Galaxia)
  • Blur - 'We've Got A File On You (7")' (White Label)
  • Adrian Sherwood - 'X-Planation (LP - Never Trust A Hippy)' (Real World)
  • The Leif Ericsson - 'Condition Minta (Split LP - The Leif Ericsson/Milloy)' (Hermit)
  • Tarwater vs. Rechenzentrum - 'Treptpow Teenage Demon (untitled sampler)' (Kitty Yo)
  • Ken Griffithin at The Organ - 'Sentimental Journey' (Broadcast)
  • Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - 'Cwpwrdd Sadwrn (LP - 20)' (Castle Music)
  • Fast Floor - 'Roll The Beats 2003 (12")' (Audio Rehab)
  • Knifehandchop - 'Mix' (Peel Session)
  • Capt Beefheart - 'Zig Zag Wanderer (LP - Zig Zag Wanderer)' (Wooden Hill)
  • The Rogers Sisters - 'Zig Zag Wanderer (cd single)' (For Us)
  • Charley Patton - 'Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues (LP - Before The Blues)' (Yazoo)
  • Sefelt - 'She's A Freak (EP-Feel)' (Demo)
  • Andy Vaz - 'White X Variation (EP -Potlatch)' (Bruchstruecke)
  • Johnny Cash - 'Five Feet High ' (CBS)
  • The Moondogs - 'Who's Gonna Tell Mary? (LP - The John Peel Sessions)' (Detour)
  • Narcosis - 'Hit It's, It's Still Moving (LP - Terrorised V21)' (Terrorizer)
  • A-Sides - 'Destroyer (12")' (Hard Leaders)
  • Keine Melodien - 'Jeans Team Feat. Peaches (LP - Get That Nasti Shit) ' (Nasti)
  • 3147487A. - 'Hexadecimal (LP - Is It...Dead?)' (Subpop)
Download (110Mb, 128K mp3, 02:00:30)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

DJ Heaven - John Peel (BBC, 16th. October 1993)

The Rhythm Pals

Even more apologies for an even longer update delay than last time, but here's a little gem I recently grabbed from UKNova. It's a sort of companion programme to the recently deceased Top of The Pops that the BBC put out in 1993. Each episode focused on a particular DJ, with a potted history of the DJ followed by clips from their most memorable TOTP appearances.

The Peel episode of DJ Heaven features at least a couple of quips that have passed into legend, as mentioned here. Also featured:
  • DOLLY DOTS - Money Lover (video) (TOTP 23-6-83)
  • GEIER STURZFLUG - Brutto Sozial Produkt (video) (TOTP 23-6-83)
  • ROD STEWART - Maggie May (TOTP 27-12-71)
  • WHAM - Young Guns (Go For It) (TOTP 18-11-82)
  • ORANGE JUICE - Rip It Up (TOTP 23-3-83)
  • IMAGINATION - Just An Illusion (TOTP 1-4-82)
  • EURYTHMICS - Right By Your Side (TOTP 10-11-83)
  • DEAD OR ALIVE - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (TOTP 7-3-85)
  • THE CURE - The Walk (TOTP 7-7-83)
  • THE SMITHS - Shoplifters Of The World Unite (TOTP 5-2-87)
  • JOY DIVISION - Love Will Tear Us Apart
BTW, those of you who remember Peelie's return to TOTP will realise that the "these people are not Belgian" comment was directed at Theate of Hate, not Wham! as this programme tries to make us believe. The evidence

Many thanks to Shedware for capping and uploading this one.

Download (221Mb, 28:40)

Sunday, June 04, 2006

John Peel's Night Ride, 1st. May 1968

Peelie on Night Ride, 1968

Apologies for not posting anything for a month or so, but here's a vintage show to get the ball rolling again.

Many thanks to Colin Ellis for this sending me this, and to Monni for recording the show!


Featuring poet Alan Jackson and singer/guitarist Davey Graham in session.

Encoding: MP3, 192Kbps.
Duration: 55:40.

  • The Misunderstood - Who Do You Love?
  • Peel chat
  • Davey Graham - Bruton Town
  • Peel chats with Davey Graham
  • The Reverend A Johnson - God Don't Like It
  • Alan Jackson - Out Here Now
  • Davey Graham - Tristano
  • Peel chat
  • The United States of America - The Cloud Song
  • Archive Music - The Priest Who Committed Suicide
  • Peel chat
  • Davey Graham - I'm Ready
  • Peel chats with Davey Graham
  • Little Son Jackson - Roberta Blues
  • Peel chats with Alan Jackson
  • Alan Jackson - Lord Save Us - The Devil - The Worstest Beast
  • Alan Sondheim - 770
  • Davey Graham - Rock Me
  • Peel chats with Alan Jackson
  • Donovan - Epistle To Derroll
  • Davey Graham - Good Morning Blues
  • Peel wraps up
Download (76.5Mb)

Saturday, April 15, 2006

John Peel, Radio 1, 29th. January 2002

With Sheila @ Peel Acres

Featuring Mr. Bird in session.

The Perfumed Garden selection in this show is Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit. (N.B. I'm missing the two shows broadcast on 23rd. & 24th. January 2002. Anyone have them?)

Download (110Mb, 128Kbps, 2:00:30)
(Bit of a stuttering start, and cuts out slightly before the end.)


Sunday, April 09, 2006

John Peel, Radio 1, 22nd. January 2002

Storming it at Fabric, 2002 (© BBC)

Featuring Buick 6 in session.

In this show, Peelie starts a 'Perfumed Garden' spot, which involves him playing a record a night from his famous final 5½-hour final Perfumed Garden show on Radio London, back in August of 1967. The idea had formed when a listener sent him a magazine article which detailed the tracklisting from the show. (This was probably the article from Mojo 7 in 1994, which we now know contained a couple of inaccuracies.)

So, Peel kicks off the spot with his old theme song, The Attack's Any More Than I Do (having skipped the first couple of Beatles tracks on the grounds of over-familiarity).

Interestingly (at least for anoraks such as your truly), anyone who's heard that Perfumed Garden show can solve what Peel describes in this show as one of the great mysteries of his life, namely why the name "Georgina Witney" was written on the sleeve of his copy of The Attack record. Way back on the pirate ship, Peel had dedicated the record to Georgina Witney and (presumably) her husband Tony, having met them on the train back to Ipswich the previous evening.

(N.B. At the time of writing, the final Perfumed Garden show was still being seeded at The Pirate Bay, here.)

Download (WMA, 110Mb, 128K, 2:00:09)


Saturday, April 08, 2006

Yes, it's yet another John Peel tape blog...

"John Peel's the most important DJ of all time"
-- Jack White

Following dubster's recent decision to take a sabbatical from posting up old Peel shows, I thought I'd give it a go myself. So, let's kick off with the 1983 Festive 50. You may have missed this one, as it was one of the last things dubster posted up.

Part 1: 50 to 28 (128K, 95Mb, 01:43:50)

Part 2: 27 to 1 (128K, 115Mb, 02:06:16)


More to follow, and if you've any old Peel shows yourself, let me know and I'll post 'em up.