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.