• 1995-03-10
  • John commemorates the recent death of Viv Stanshall by repeating one of his sessions (and, according to The Peel Sessions, getting the recording date wrong).


  • Innersphere, one and only session. Recorded 1995-02-07. No known commercial release.
  • Ash, #1 (repeat). Recorded 1994-04-03. No known commercial release.
  • Viv Stanshall, #7 (repeat). Recorded 1978-03-29. No known commercial release.


(JP: 'I'm sure a great number of you were as horrified as I was at the beginning of the week to hear of the death of Viv Stanshall. I had a look in Ken Garner's book, and Viv did seven sessions for the programmes over the years with the Bonzos and twelve in his own right. I'd like to be able to play you extracts from a lot of these things. Gratifyingly, quite a few of the Bonzos things are going to be coming out on record in a month or so's time. I was listening to a tape of these in the car as I was driving in, and some wonderful moments in there, including the classic 'Craig Torso Show', which I'm really looking forward to being able to play you again when the LP comes out. But we thought it would be more appropriate to play you one of the Sir Henry At Rawlinson End things, and of course, as I'm sure you know, Sir Henry was an entirely fictitious character, but then again, was he? Because there was a real Sir Henry Rawlinson, and I was astonished to be told by somebody at Radio 4 that the real Sir Henry Rawlinson died 100 days to the day before Viv did: rather spooky, in fact. This is a piece that Viv recorded on the 24th of March 1978 (sic): I'll tell you more about it after we've heard it.')
  • Viv Stanshall: 'Florrie's Waltz / Fool And Bladder / Interlewd / Smeeton' (Peel Session)
(JP: 'Well, now, as then, I never knew what to say when these things were finished.')
(JP: 'I was talking to the Pig while that was going on, and she said that when I was talking about Viv Stanshall's piece, and about Sir Henry At Rawlinson End, and all that, and I mentioned the original Sir Henry Rawlinson, I said that he'd died 100 days before Viv Stanshall: of course, I meant 100 years, but to the day. Uncanny stuff, really. I admired Viv so much that at times I actually wanted to be him: he was just so cool.')
(JP: 'My reasons for playing that are so feeble as to be barely credible.')
(JP: 'Hope they're being hounded by major labels bearing buckets of doubloons. They certainly should be anyway.')
(JP: 'I expect Kershaw knows exactly how it should be pronounced.')

Track marked # also available on File 2


  • 1) Peel Show 1995-03-10
  • 2) 1995-03-xx-05-xx Peel Spring 1995
  • 1) 03:01:20
  • 2) 1:00:05 (0:05:02 to 0:07:47)
  • 1) File compiled from two sources: first half is from CB076 of the 500 Box. Many thanks to both tapers!
  • 2) Created from SB1047, SB1048 and SB1110 of Weatherman22's Tapes