• 1995-02-17
  • Gig Reference: John mentions doing a gig at the Hacienda, and meeting Mark E. Smith.
  • He plays three tracks each from new LPs by the Fall and Elastica, the latter of which he considers to be the best debut release in many years.
  • The Ken Colyer's Jazzmen EP, featuring Lonnie Donegan on banjo, later turned up in John Peel's Record Box.
  • Two recordings are available which together cover the complete show. The first recording (a) covers roughly the first half of the show. The second (b) includes the first 45 minutes and the last 90 minutes.
  • Buddy Holly is played for the Pig.


  • Mazey Fade, #3. Recorded 1995-01-19. No known commercial release.
  • Calvin Party, #1 (repeat). Recorded 1994-08-23. No known commercial release.


(JP: 'You're listening to the third tiredest man in Europe, but I've got some great records for you, that's just the first of them.')
(JP: 'I almost find myself wishing I didn't like the LP, because Elastica have been getting so much press, and all of it so enthusiastic, that, you know, kind of your spirit rebels against it.')
(JP: The John Peel Roadshow came out of retirement, hauled itself up, and went up to Manchester to play records at the Hacienda in the small room in the basement: it probably has a name, but I don't know what it is, just so I can say to people, if I live long enough to have grandchildren, "Of course, I did the Hacienda." "No you didn't Grandad." "Yes, I did, I did, I really did."')
(JP: 'I mentioned last week that I'm having me singles sorted out at this very moment for the first time in about eight years, which means that I'm coming up with a lot of old records that I'd forgotten I'd got. They're being sorted out by a chap called Aden, who's known to me as Aden In The Sky, and every once in a while I have to go up and help Aden in the sky and move records from one place to another, and stuff like that, and of course I keep taking things that he's just carefully filed away back out again so that I can listen to them. And one of the records that fell out was a record I've not heard in about 15 years, I'd suggest, perhaps even longer than's a great one for whistling along with, even if you don't know the tune.')
(JP: 'Played that last night at the Hacienda at huge volume and it sounded absolutely wonderful. I'm going to be dropping that sort of thing into my conversation for the next two or three weeks, just to let you know.')


  • a) Peel Show 1995-02-17 (incomplete)
  • b) Peel Show 1995-02-17 (incomplete)
  • a) 01:31:05
  • b) 02:13:16
  • a) File created from CB074 of the 500 Box. Original files were running slowly: this version speed corrected and edited into one file by SIG. Some background static and a brief drop-out near the beginning mar an otherwise good recording.
  • b) Many thanks to Isector for the recording.
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