Keepingitpeel day


John Peel and his wife, Sheila, affectionately known as ‘the Pig.’

OK folks, a veritable pot-pourri for you today, in honour of the great John Peel:

First up, Wire’s 2002 session for the programme

Wire -‘Spent (Peel session).’ mp3

Wire -‘I Don’t Understand (Peel session).’ mp3

Wire -‘First Fast (Peel session).’ mp3

Wire -‘99.9 (Peel session).’ mp3

…and one or two other bits and pieces that turned up in the programme.

Like Six By Seven covering Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ – in German, obviously.

Six By Seven -‘Heldon (Peel session).’ mp3

And the Shop Assistants covering Motorhead:

Shop Assistants -‘Ace Of Spades (Peel session).’ mp3

While Blur and Pulp recorded sessions for Peel, and he championed the Bluetones too, and even Suede got an entry (‘The Drowners,’ natch) the biggest stars of Britpop -Oasis, duh -only scored an entry in the hallowed Festive fifty courtesy of Cat Power:

Cat Power -‘Wonderwall (Peel session).’ mp3

Finally, two very long session tracks that I’ve posted before but I think are worth posting again:

Godspeed You Black Emperor -‘Hungover As The Queen in Maida Vale (Peel session).’ mp3

Orb -‘Loving You (Peel session).’ mp3

I would also recommend that you read my friend Steve’s blog, Teenage Kicks, which covers the Festive Fifty in awesome detail, and as well as Football and music who started this ball rolling (thank you!), my friend Jim over at The Vinyl Villain has also been flying the flag for today for some weeks past. Including posting another, earlier Wire session that they recorded for Mr. Peel.

Peel – the hard to get hold of stuff


Just like it says on the tin. This post contains tracks that made Peel’s Festive Fifty that are extremely hard to get hold of, and I couldn’t actually get on either iTunes or Emusic, and was forced to make a request for readers to ride to the rescue. Thanks as ever to Steve, JC, Adam, Dirk, Max and anyone else who helped out!

Berntholer -‘My Suitor.’ mp3 (1984 Festive Fifty no.34)

Big Flame -‘All the Irish Must Go To Heaven.’ mp3 (1985 Festive Fifty no.58)

Big Flame -‘Man Of few Syllables.’ mp3 (1985 Festive Fifty no.62)

Flesh For Lulu -‘Subterraneans.’ mp3 (1984 Festive Fifty no.39)

Godspeed you Black Emperor! -‘Hungover As The Queen At maida Vale (session).’ mp3 (1999 Festive Fifty no.21)

Hard Corps-‘Dirty.’ mp3 (1984 Festive Fifty no.46)

New Order -‘Brutal.’ mp3 (2000 Festive Fifty no.26)

Sophie and Peter Johnson -‘Television (session).’ mp3 (1983 Festive Fifty no.37)

Unknown Cases -‘Masimabele.’ mp3 (1984 Festive Fifty no.26)

Working Week – ‘Venceremos.’ mp3 (1984 Festive Fifty no.50)

Thanks to everyone who got in touch to say that the links were wrong, this should be right now… : ))

Am still trying to get things perfect but it really, really should be fine.

Now…(you knew this was coming didn’t you!) can anyone help with these, please?


Martyn Hare -‘Do Not Underestimate.’

Cinerama -‘It’s Not you It’s Me.’

Laura and ballboy -‘I Lost You But I Found Country Music.’ [NOW GOT IT THANK YOU!]

DJ Distance -‘Ritual.’

Melys -‘Eyeliner.’

Calvin Party -‘Northern Song.’ (Now got it, thank you, Dirk!)

Plasticman -‘Cha.’

Aphrodisaics -‘If U want Me.’ (Now got it, thank you Dirk!)

Magic Band -‘Electricity.’

Magic band -‘Big Eyes beans From Venus.’ (These last two are the session versions)

There are other wants as well…I’ll put those up another time…