• John Peel's Music On BFBS
  • 1994-12-03
  • Start of show: "It's that moment in the week when I pass amongst you with healing in my wings. This is John Peel's Music On BFBS."
  • Peel commemorates the passing of Cab Calloway, who died on 18 November, and proves he recorded more than just Minnie The Moocher.


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(JP: 'I had to write a piece for the Guardian about instrumental music over the years. It was one of those things which I kind of quite enjoy doing, except I was at a great disadvantage, sitting there at the table at home surrounded by piles of records...but I suddenly realised when I sat down to write out the fair copy that I don't know anything about guitars! It's like cars: I love cars, and if I was like really wealthy, I'd have a very fast and dangerous car in which I'd kill myself almost instantly, probably, but fortunately I'm never likely to reach the stage where I can actually afford to do that. But I love the look of cars, and old cars in particular, but I have no idea at all what makes them work. I'm not interested: that's somebody else's responsibility, you see. It's the same with guitars. I love the noise they make, but exactly how they make it, well frankly, I don't know....I had to wait for our Thomas, aged 14, to come home and explain exactly how an electric guitar works so that I could finish writing this piece. So it was a labour of love, a family piece by and large with Thomas' input into it, and, well, they haven't printed it. Isn't that life, eh?')


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  • Many thanks to User:Max-dat. Last 35 minutes of show missing from this recording.
  • Tracklisting added by Eddie Berlin
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