• John Peel's Music On BFBS
  • 1996-01-13
  • Start of show: "Howdy chums, another John Peel's Music from BFBS, the programme on which the twang remains the thang. These are...."
  • "Great grief" at Peel Acres with the news that there was to be no Glastonbury Festival (it is normal practice for this to happen every fifth year): the Peel family had come to look on this as an annual holiday.
  • Another mention for Peel's appearance on This Is Your Life: after Alexandra had given all the football-related names of the children, JP suggested that another child, to be named after Stan Collymore, would be a good idea. Sheila apparently did not agree.
  • "I often say, when people say to me, as they do, when you've got a job like mine, "What's the best record ever made?", and I still say, and I still believe it to be true, Teenage Kicks by the Undertones, although it's like sixteen, seventeen years old, but still every time I hear it, I get that same feeling all the way through it, this is as good as anything has ever been in the whole of recorded history, and I'll stick with that, I think, by and large. But a second favourite (obviously, I've got about 150 second favourites), but one of them is Duane Eddy's Peter Gunn, and mainly because of the bit which I regard as being one of the great moments in all of recorded music (we're talking in extremes here), is the bit where the sax stops and Duane comes twanging in on his own." As a result, Denis quickly finds an original promo of this song, just after John has played another golden moment from a favourite LP track of years ago.
  • JP compares Hoss Cartwright (Dan Blocker, of the TV Western 'Bonanza') to Paul Gascoigne (see below and decide).


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(JP: 'Whenever I recommend that you play records at enormous volume, I always then get letters from people saying, "You shouldn't get people to do this because of noise pollution," and "some of us have neighbours who are nightmarish and play records at huge volume all through the night," and I know that, and I know we're dead lucky because we live out in the middle of the country and we can all listen to records as loud as we like. We would be the neighbours from hell, frankly, if we turned up in the house next to you.')
(JP: 'Back in 1967, 1968, I sat down to make an LP, not along those lines exactly, but what it was that I was going to be reading out, and somebody was going to add instrumentation to it later on, but I was going to read out hippy song lyrics, and I'd already recorded three or four of Syd Barrett's things, and this was an official release, a proper record company that wanted to do it. Then I listened to the playbacks at some stage, and I just thought, "This isn't on. If I do this and I finish this, it's going to haunt me for the rest of my life." So I aborted the entire project, and I think I made sure I got the tapes, I don't think any of them exist. By Jove, it was a narrow escape.')
(JP: 'Here we are, almost to the end of the programme and as yet nothing from the Fall, so...')


  • Peel Show 1996-01-13 (BFBS)
  • 01:54:15
  • Many thanks to Carsten from Berlin.
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