JOHN PEEL

1939 - 2004

My tribute to one of the only media folk I can honestly say I had some trust in as a man. The music he played I would have almost certainly have never had an interest in if it were not only for being played, but being specifically played by him, as he was eminently sensible and listenable. Of course he played lots of other music than those represented on this page, most notably Reggae and R&B which can be found else where on this site.


TEENAGE KICKS

or, as it now seems, grown up oppression, from yer'man sharky.

LOVE WILL TEAR US APART

I remember lots of Joy Division tracks being played, this is as good as any. 

MERCENARIES

This is the only John Cale track I can remember from the early days.

HOW I WROTE ELASTIC MAN

Everyone knows John Peel was a big Fall fan, I remember this one from the program.

GATHERING DUST

How would I ever have heard of groups like Modern English.

JOE

I had a remnant of open reel tape with John Peel saying "Wah Heat, useful group that"

TANZ MIT MIR

I still have vivid memories of John Peel saying Deutsh - Amerikainische Freundschaft, quite often, I think, like me, he liked the sound of it and the way it rolls of the tongue.

MY MOTHER WAS A FRIEND OF AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

Another one of those cuts that I'm sure only John Peel ever played

AFRICAN REGGAE

Of course John Peel used to play plenty of excellent Reggae, but Nina Hagen's Reggae makes a good contrast.

ECHO BEACH

Another one I remember being played a lot.

TARGET FOR LIFE

You couldn't go wrong with a band called Our Daughters Wedding back in the early eighties. I'm pretty sure John Peel came close to playing every good record that came out, at this time, if not every one. 

YOUR ALREADY DEAD

Crass a seriously militant band, I hope there are bands that are showing the same militancy towards the grinning thing, his yes men, and the erosion of our civil liberties today.

POLITICS

Girls At Their Best, I like them.

TALK ABOUT HORSES

Although John Peel wasn't given to unnecessary blabbering, he still managed to give good information on the records he played and quite often some anecdote, or interesting remark. He would have given adequate info on  this group but I couldn't have taken it in. I always imagine they came from America but they could well be from Nun Eaton.

A CERTAIN BRIDGE ENO'S FUNERAL
AFTER ALL LOVE GIRLS DON'T COUNT
BIG IN JAPAN STAND ALONE
HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA STAIRCASE
BOOZY CREED TELEPHON
BLACK LEATHER ONLY QUANTITY COUNTS
WE ARE NINJA HERE COMES THE BUTS
LIFE IN A FILM CAST HERE SHE COMES NOW
YOU & YOU UNITED
WE ARE ALL PROSTITUTES SAY NO
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