• John Peel's Music On BFBS
  • 1999-09-05
  • Special programme to commemorate Peel's 60th birthday six days previously, recorded on the day itself, Monday 30th August.
  • John recalls seeing a Will Hay film called The Ghost Train at boarding school when he was nine or ten and being "absolutely terrified" by it, even though it was supposed to be a comedy. However, he seems to have confused this film (which starred Arthur Askey) with The Ghost Of St. Michael's. The two are apparently frequently compared.


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(JP: 'Today's actually my 60th birthday, and I'm recording this programme on my birthday, and we've just come back from seeing Ipswich give Barnsley a good whacking: 6-1, a most exciting afternoon it was. If only it had been 6-0, and then it would have been 60...but it would have been too neat, really.')
(JP: 'How reassuring it is that people are still making that sort of noise.')
(JP: 'I wish there was somebody who knew when I first did a programme for BFBS, but all records seem to have been lost. Nobody knows at all: I certainly don't. But there must have been loads of anniversaries that have been and gone and been missed and so forth when we could have gone out and had a bit of a drink and a celebration, but there you go.') [2]
(JP: 'They did three sessions for my domestic programmes last year, you know. Unprecedented, I think: I can't remember anybody else doing that, not even the Fall.') [3]
(JP: 'Who was Eddie Smith and did he make any other records? I have no hesitation in leaving both questions unanswered.') [4]


  • Peel Show 1999-05-09 (BFBS) (special birthday edition)
  • 01:53:16
  • Many thanks to Carsten from Berlin.
  1. JP says that he used to play this "when these programmes were called something like Rock Today".
  2. According to Charles Foster, his producer, JP started doing BFBS shows in 1972.
  3. Yet Microdisney did just that in 1984.
  4. He made at least one other record with the Chiefs.
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