• 1987-08-17
  • Start of show: "Five minutes ago, this studio was filled with people, now they've all made their excuses and left. Now what does this mean? It means, I'm afraid, that it's the John Peel wingding on Radio 1, and tonight a debut session from Death By Milkfloat, and a repeat of our session from Cud. To start the programnme, though, this is not Elvis Presley."
  • John ponders exactly how his weekend guests from Germany managed to get through seven pints of milk, and has an argument with William about saxophone playing (or more precisely, the lack of it).
  • JP recommends the programme following his on Radio 2 VHF, which is hosted by Humphrey Lyttleton: "one of my of my favourite broadcasters, a great broadcaster, I think."[1]



(JP: 'I was actually going to lace the programme with Elvis soundalikes, but frankly couldn't be bothered, and I couldn't find half the records anyway. That's the kind of chaos that things are in at home.')
(JP: 'I don't watch very much television. This is largely due to the fact that my children watch it most of the time anyway, and every programme that they watch is their favourite, so if I come and say, "Actually, I want to watch something on the other side," it's, "Oh come on Dad, this is our favourite programme!" It might be something like the test card or something, but it's their favourite programme, so I don't get to see what's on.')
(JP: 'Actually, my mother is a bit of a sucker for that sort of thing in that she loves ordering stuff through the mail, and they're always bizarre objects, things which have no genuine practical application at all. I mean, painted clothes brushes that bottle mulberries and tell you the time in Hong Kong simultaneously, and little boxes full of these things scattered all over the house.')
(JP: 'No mention of football so far because it can be contentious, but it's a pity to see the North London challenge melting away quite so early in the season. Thanks very much for listening.')


  • Peel Show 1987-08-17
  • 01:58:59
  • Many thanks to the taper. Clear mono recording with one or two interruptions to the sound.
  1. Although BBC Genome lists Brian Matthew's Round Midnight, "direct from the Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh with a pot-pourri of music and chat from artists at the 41st Annual Festival" as being on Radio Two at that time. However Humphrey Lyttleton's Best Of Jazz had gone out at 21.00, before Peel's show which, according to the Radio 1 listings, began at 22.00.
  2. A double-grooved record which offers two tracks on the same side depending where you put the needle down. To prove it, Peel plays a snatch of 'Can't Take No More' as well. The Monty Python LP that he mentions, another example of this dubiously helpful technology, was The Monty Python Matching Tie And Handkerchief.
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