• 1979-08-13
  • Three more from the XTC album ‘Drums And Wires’, as well as another play for the Quads single, which was due for release that Friday.
  • 'Can’t Stand Losing You' by Police was then #7 in the UK national singles chart. The session version featured here is an instrumental.
  • JP gives a limited rundown of that week's singles chart, which included Boomtown Rats at #1, Ian Dury (‘Reasons To Be Cheerful Pt 3’) at #3, Sham 69 (‘Hersham Boys’) at #6, Specials (‘Gangsters’) at #14, Dave Edmunds at #15, Angelic Upstarts new at #29, Flying Lizards (‘Money’) new at #30, B52's (‘Rock Lobster’) new at #37, Tubeway Army down at #38, Merton Parkas new at #40.
  • The original Jetsons Hanna-Barbera cartoon version of the Scientific Americans track can be seen at YouTube.
  • The Wencke Myhre German-language track based on Lucille (the Kenny Rogers hit) played here is called, and contains the repeated phrase, “John Peel”.
  • The Id were an early incarnation of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. The song played here was later reprised on their debut LP.
  • Mentions a couple of gigs he has recently been to see - the Donkeys supporting the Undertones at the Marquee (it appears from the venue's schedule this was one of the first four nights of the month), as well as the Fall at The Factory in Manchester (from an online gigography, and the show of 23 July 1979, this was probably 1979-07-20, the first time he ever saw his favourite band live, when they played with Echo & The Bunnymen).
  • The Prince Buster track was covered on Joe Strummer’s debut solo album Earthquake Weather. A version by The Tennors appears on the Scratchy Sounds compilation.


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  • 1979-8-14 John Peel Radio 1 (Incomplete).mp3
  • 1.50.44
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