• 1979-05-16
  • In his introduction, Peel mentions Paul Morley's "uncharacteristically violent review" of the Cure's debut LP in the NME. This incited the band to record a response in the form of the session track 'Desperate Journalist In Ongoing Meaningful Review Situation', which uses the backing track of session recording 'Grinding Halt'.
  • He plays a track from the new LP by former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green "more out of loyalty than anything else."


  • Cure #2. First broadcast of session recorded 9th May 1979.
  • Lurkers #4. Repeat of session recorded 24th January 1979 and first broadcast 30 January 1979.

(Please add details of any commercial release of these sessions)


  • Devo: The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprize (7") Virgin
JP: "This is the #27 record in the BBC's charts." [1]
JP: "Do you find yourself getting bored with Elvis Costello? Write and tell me. No actually, don't."
JP: "I bet parts of that are probably jolly rude if you speak German."
JP: "The band were so stung by Paul Morley's vigorous condemnation of their LP in the New Musical Express that they've taken the unusual step of retaliating on the air."
  • Cure: Desperate Journalist In Ongoing Meaningful Review Situation (Peel session)
  • Skids: Masquerade (7") Virgin
JP: "I was just sitting here ruminating as to why it's possible that those NME boys may have taken against the Cure so much. I can't understand that really. I mean, there are a great many bands who deserve much harder condemnation than that I think."
JP: "Well that was a bit dull, wasn't it? But there again, we can't have it easy all the time."


  • 1979-05-16 John Peel Radio 1 DB077+DB078.mp3
  • 2:00:14
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