• 1978-09-14
  • Two overlapping files are currently available, but the last 25 minutes of the show are still missing.
  • Peel plays three songs from the Cortinas album and remarks that the style is a little different to that of their earlier material.
  • Ken Garner notes in The Peel Sessions that the show was the second in which Teenage Kicks was played.
  • Start of show: "Hey hey, it's your favourite BBC spooksman again. On tonight's programme, we have a session from the Radio Stars on the eve of the release of their new album. Among the records, three Wires, three Cortinas, three Ramones, Burning Spear - a superb new 12 inch from them - or him, Rich Kids, Ruddy Thomas and Trinity, Undertones, Tanz Der Youth, Van Morrison, Graham Central Station, Chelsea and so on and so on."
  • John promises us three tracks from Wire, but the Derby Box recording ends in the middle of the first.


  • Radio Stars, #3. Recorded 1978-09-04. No known commercial release.


File a begins

(JP: 'You may have heard or read about the changes that are coming to Radios 1 and 2, and maybe you even wonder if it affects this programme in any way: well, it does. We'll be giving Friday nights the elbow in fact, so it'll just be four nights a week. On Friday there's going to be a kind of vaguely Alan Freeman-styled music programme at this time, so it means at least I'll be able to get out and see a few more bands, which will be very nice, because I don't see a lot of the bands that we feature on the programme, which is rather irritating.')
(JP: 'Martina Navratilova on dulcimer.')

File b begins

(Peel mentions Rock Against Racism Carnival 2 poster on the wall in the studio, due to take place in Hyde Park on Sept. 24. In fact, it took place the same day in Brockwell Park.) [1]

File b ends

(JP: 'I got a phone call today from an Undertone who was telling me that, as far as I could tell, they were all very pleased that I played their record on the programme the other day: here it is again.')
(JP: 'And I also heard, to my considerable pleasure, that one of the less unscrupulous record companies is very interested in the Undertones, and I hope they do something for them. A band from Derry, that's from their debut EP....and a really excellent record it is too.')

File a ends


  • a) 1978-09-14 John Peel Radio 1 (incomplete) DB014
  • b) 1978-09-14 (Radio Stars)
  • a) 01:35:40
  • b) 00:19:09
  • a) File created from DB014 of the Derby Box. Many thanks to Chris and Rob.
  • b) File created from T031 of 400 Box. Many thanks to the original taper and CCM.
  1. Gladys Knight & The Pips cover. Mistakenly announced as Wasted Years.
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