• 2003-09-09
  • Programme is only 90 minutes long due to the over running of Radio One's live coverage of the Mercury Music prize ceremony. Peel is not amused: the programme features a couple of Mercury-related jibes. John subsequently reveals on 11 September 2003 that the running order of the show had to be trimmed on the fly, to his frustration and annoyance.
  • Members of session guests The Keys used to be in Murry The Hump.
  • The previous week (04 September 2003) Peel inadvertently played a dance track that sampled 70s prog rock band Yes. A listener had written in suggesting that to make amends he should play an Emerson, Lake & Palmer track at 78 rpm. He does.
  • The entrants in the 'design a badge' competition have been whittled down to a best ten. Listeners are invited to view the designs on the Radio One website and choose their favourite four from these. The four most popular selections will be made into actual badges. There will then be a competition to win them. JP: "It's not a very exciting prize, is it really? Can't we do something better? I mean, Zane gives away all the records in his programme. We give away four badges."


  • Keys. Only session, recorded 2003-07-09. No known commercial release.


Starts to play the Momu track first, then stops it. (Wrong Track Moment)
JP: "That actually isn't the one I was going to play. This is what I'm after."
JP: "Well, to me it makes a kind of sense at that speed, I have to say. That's ELP, and one of their better tunes, in fact."
JP: "There are times you know, when the human spirit demands a steel guitar."
  • Omen: Walking In The Air (12") Go Mental
JP: "Given all the stuff in the papers in the past couple of days about Lord Lucan and whether he's dead or not dead, whether he's been found or not found, I thought it would be appropriate to play this. Possibly the greatest record ever made about Lord Lucan. Very possibly also the only record made about Lord Lucan. If you know of any others, well, keep the information to yourselves."[1]


  • John_Peel_20030909.mp3
  • 1:30:20
  • Thanks to B!
  1. The Sunday Telegraph had published extracts from a new book over the weekend whose author claimed that Lucan had died in Goa in 1996. This was quickly debunked. The man identified as Lucan was revealed to be a Barry Halpin, a former folk singer from Lancashire. BBC news report
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