Some more Peel

I received an email yesterday asking if I could repost the Special AKA’s version of Free Nelson Mandela, so I hope I picked the right one…

anyway, it gives me an opportunity to do one of my Peel posts.

First up, these were Pell sessions tracks that made the Festive Fifty in 1989, and went on to become chart hits the following year:

Inspiral Carpets -‘This Is How It Feels (session).’ mp3 (1989 Festive Fifty no.35)

Inspiral Carpets -‘She Comes In The Fall (session).’ mp3 (1989 Festive Fifty no.50)

This was a track that became remixed the follwoing year under the name ‘Move Any Mountain’ and gave the Shamen several years as a Smash Hits and Top Of the Pops freindly act.

Shamen -‘Pro-Gen .’ mp3(1990 Festive Fifty no.34)

I know little about the Flaming Stars, but they sound great still. The BBC site erroneously credits these tracks as being done by the Flaming Lips, who John Peel also championed, rightly, IMHO, but are a completely different band.

Flaming Stars -‘Face On the Bar Room Floor.’ mp3 (1996 Festive Fifty no.48)

Flaming Stars -‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.’ mp3 (1995 Festive Fifty no.29)

This track took ages to find, not available on either eMusic or iTunes

Drop Nineteens -‘Winona.’ mp3 (1992 Festive Fifty no.28)

Another band I know little about…but they too sound great:

The Decoration -‘Joy Adamson.’ mp3 (2004 Festive Fifty no.39)

The Decoration -‘I Tried It, I Liked It, I Loved It.’ mp3 (2004 festive Fifty no.24)

As requested…from the last year that much ‘pop’ stuff entered the Festive Fifty:

Special AKA -‘Free Nelson Mandela.’ mp3 (1984 Festive Fifty no.41)

Finally, another track (this one supplied by JC over at The Vinyl Villain that seemed very hard to get hold of, but I repost here for your delight:

Robert Wyatt -‘The Wind Of Change.’ mp3 (1985 Festive Fifty no.47)

This track credits Wyatt with the SWAPO singers.


If you want to find more about John Peel, start here.

Absolutely essential Peel-related blogs include Sexy Loser, Teenage Kicks and Fades In Slowly.

(They were John Peel’s favourite band, you know!)

‘There are apparently some people out there who don’t like The Fall. I spurn them with my toe.’ John Peel

I’m two days away from the school term finishing. I’m currently more upbeat and optimistic about both my working life and my profession than I have been for a long time. The blog is apparently still being read by people, and I’m also getting a lot of people contacting me about featuring bands (I haven’t stopped doing this, you understand, but it reached the stage where I had thirty band wanting to be friends with me on MySpace and I was trying to give them the benefit of the doubt). I’m still trying to wake people up to older stuff too.

Anyway, here’s three tracks from the legendary Mark E. Smith, one with last year’s collaboration with Mouse On Mars as Von Sudenfed, one a collaboration with the Inspiral Carpets (and his second Festive Fifty no.1) and a classic from The Fall:

Von Sudenfed -‘That Sound Wiped.’ mp3

Inspiral Carpets featuring Mark E. Smith -‘I Want You.’ mp3

The Fall -‘Spoilt Victorian Child.’ mp3

If you have never bought a Fall album, shame on you, I recommend This Nation’s Saving Grace for a studio album, and 50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong as an introductory compilation. In the words of Mr. Smith himself ‘Noteboks Out, Plagiarists!’

More Peel, anyone?

John Peel engaging in one of his and my favourite activities

OK, some more from Peelie’s Festive Fifty…

Mo-Dettes -‘White Mice.’ mp3
(1980 Festive Fifty no.56)

Shop Assistants -‘Safety net. ‘ mp3 (1986 Festive Fifty, no.8) (For AJ!)

Inspiral Carpets featuring Mark E. Smith -‘I Want You.’ mp3 (1994 Festive Fifty no.1)

Prince -‘Sign O’ The Times.’ mp3 (1987 Festive Fifty no.32)

Sluts Of Trust -‘Leave You Wanting More.’ mp3 (2004 Festive Fifty no.5)

The Fall -‘Don’t Call Me Darling.’ mp3 (1995 Festive Fifty no.24)

M/A/R/R/S/ -‘Pump Up The Volume.’ mp3 (1987 Festive Fifty no.46)

10,000 Maniacs -‘Can’t Ignore The Train. ‘ mp3 (1985 Festive Fifty no.59)

Ride -‘Dreams Burn Down.’ mp3 (1990 Festive Fifty no.3)

Aphex Twin -‘Girl/Boy.’ mp3 (1996 Festive Fifty no.29)

More vinyl goodness will be appearing here later today…watch this space…