• 1981-05-12
  • Yet another show which starts with football, as Peel bemoans the failure of the BBC News to give him a certain match result.
  • Features Tony Blackburn singing a Yardbirds cover (to JP's amazement).
  • JP in relatively subdued mood - there's a lot to get through, so he gets on with it.
  • Start of show: "Well, I was hoping they might give us the football score in the friendly match tonight between England and Brazil: I know that Brazil were winning by 1-0 with 20 minutes to go. [1] On tonight's programme, Ski Patrol and Flock Of Seagulls (the latter their debut on the programme). Amongst the records, Tony Blackburn sings a Yardbirds number - I don't think you need to know any more than that. This is from...who is this from?...first record comes from..."
  • The full tracklisting also available at John Peel Papers. Many thanks to the uploader to John Peel Papers at Facebook for sharing the information. Scan


  • Ski Patrol, one and only session (rpt). Recorded 1981-01-19. No known commercial release.
  • A Flock Of Seagulls, one and only session. Recorded 1981-05-06. No known commercial release.


(JP: '...the very same Outcasts who will be recording a session for us, I think next week some time actually.')
(JP: 'A few weekends ago, I took time off from my usual activity of stuffing your letters into the shredder and shouting with laughter as they're torn into thousands and thousands of tiny pieces of paper, and went up to spend the weekend in Yorkshire and went to meet Bill Nelson in a pub just to the north of Leeds where we saw a band that are going to be appearing shortly on his Cocteau record label and who come from Liverpool. That's not the reason they're on the programme. And the first from A Flock Of Seagulls is called...')
(JP: 'You can see why Bill Nelson would like 'em.')
(JP: 'Proud to be the last programme to bring you the new Jam single.')
(JP: 'I've just heard the result of the Brazil-England match. Wonder if Andorra have got a team? Or perhaps the Channel Isles? Not all of 'em but perhaps one of 'em would give them a bit of a runaround.') [2]
(JP: 'A very good session, this: I hope you've noticed that.')


  • a) 19810512_Ski Patrol & Flock Of Seagulls
  • b) 1981-05-12 Peel Show DB237.mp3
  • c) KevH Tape 7.mp3
  • a) 2.03.09
  • b) 1:34:49
  • c) 1:20:18 (27:26-43:14)
  • a) Originally shared through assorted torrents/uploads, brought together on a now-defunct Julian Tapes (torrent) by "bbrbr57", also via Peel Newsgroup. Some of the original cassettes were running fast and the speed of the digital files may need adjustment. This is possible using Audacity and similar software. Many thanks to Julian, Kev and "bbrbr57"!
  • b) Created from DB237 of Derby Box, digitised by Weatherman22.
  • c) From KevH Tape 7
  1. Which turned out to be the final result.
  2. Andorra didn't have a national team until the 1990s.
  3. Taken from Session #2, recorded 1980-12-16.
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