• 1993-06-11
  • The Phantom Fifty reaches number seven.
  • John is more than a little disappointed, that the Velvet Underground [1] have not responded to a request for a session.
  • In the news: actor Bernard Bresslaw has died at the age of 59.



(JP: ‘I don’t like records that fade in, I’ll be perfectly honest with you. ‘Cause you feel such a fool, you don’t know when to stop talking’.)
(11:30 news)
(JP: ‘One of things I always dread, in a way, about bands that I really like becoming hugely famous is they seem to stop doing anything really. I mean, obviously a lot of them get into kind of serious drug abuse and disappear by and large. But the bands that you care for, as I say, it’s distressing when they become famous and don’t make records anymore. Whatever became of My Bloody Valentine are they still out there somewhere?’) [2]

1991 Festive Fifty

(JP: 'Rum-tum-tum, three times she shot him right through that hardwood door.')
(JP: ‘And now on "Nature Notes", the plaintive cry of the White Throated Goshawk.’)
(JP: ‘Segues to make the very Gods in Heaven rejoice. I would do more but I don’t want to drive you mad with excitement.’)
(12:30 news)
(JP: ‘... and here they [ The Fall ] are recorded when you were still wearing those astonishing pantaloons, I remember speaking to your mother about.’)
(JP: ‘..and the mention of Moe Tucker gives me the opportunity to remind you, those people who have written to me or phoned me or I’ve bumped into somewhere and said “Are you going to get the Velvet Underground in for a session?” We made every conceivable effort to do this. I really crept, you know, we sent messages along the lines of (I’m not quite sure if it was true – but it might well have been) that I was the first person to play their stuff on the radio. Played it extensively when the first LP came out in 1967 and all that kind of stuff. And in their warm hearted way they’ve completely ignored, actually, all of our requests, haven’t replied to phone call or letters or indeed anything else. So we’ve done what we can and have got nowhere, I regret to say. Ecstasy Of Saint Theresa, they turned up though’...)
(1:30 news)
(JP: ‘Well that’s about it. Thanks very much for listening. Over to you Lynn.’)


  • Peel Show 1993-06-11
  • 1993-06-11 John Peel BBC Radio 1 (Complete) L316 & L317
  • 02:58:44
  • 02:57:36
  • a) Many thanks to the original taper.
  • b) Created from L316 and L317 of SL Tapes, digitised by RF


  1. The Velvet Underground had reformed in 1992 and were touring in the UK in 1993.
  2. My Bloody Valentine had not released any records since their LP – Loveless came out in November 1991.
  3. This is another 7 inch Peel found during the search (for that lost Little Richard cover version).
  4. John says this is one of those tracks that sound OK at both 33 or 45. He played it at 33 as per the record label, but according to Discogs the correct speed is actually 45.
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