• 1980-05-08
  • Plays the whole of the second side of the Beat's first LP in the course of the programme. Infers that if "Can't Get Used To Losing You" was a single by some obscure band ("the Rhythm Bandits from Dumfries or whatever") it wouldn't have been played. Also mentions that their single ('Mirror In The Bathroom') is at no. 17 in the BBC charts, the choice of A side partly to his merit or "responsibility" as he puts it. He says he will play the rest of the album "on Monday" (12 May 1980).
  • Peel is due to head off to compere the Pink Pop festival in Holland in a couple of weeks, but appears not to be looking forward to it too much. Says he will deserve the relatively low pay after having to sit through two hours of Van Halen.
  • Peel: "still haven't come to terms with the new Only Ones single featuring Pauline Murray. I see it as a sort of a bit of a jape. It's quite an amiable record in a way but not what one expects at all. Nothing wrong with that I suppose. One looks forward to the forthcoming LP though."


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  • File 1 begins at start of show
JP: "Well there I was, having a bit of a read and suddenly it's time to go back to work. But I love it of course. And yes, I love you too. I could rain kisses on your eager upturned little faces all night."
  • Specials: Rude Boys Outa Jail (7") (edited out of tape)
JP: "In some two weeks time I have to go to Holland, so here, in a clumsy attempt at ingratiating myself with the Dutch people, is a Dutch record."
JP: "The UK Subs, who are going to be playing in East Anglia over the weekend, so I shall bolt my doors."
JP: "Actually the UK Subs aren't playing in East Anglia at all, they're playing at Retford near Nottingham. But I shall bolt the doors anyway."
JP: "Well, while that was going on I managed to pour scalding hot coffee over my trousers. Well, you have to get your thrills where you can, I suppose these days."
JP: "With patriotism rampant again these days, I thought you should hear that."
JP: "Happily, an instrumental."


  • 1) 1980-05-08 John Peel Radio 1 (Incomplete).mp3
  • 2) 1980-05-08 Peel Show DB168 DB169.mp3
  • 1) 01:18:23
  • 2) 01:51:32
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