• John Peel's Music On BFBS
  • 1995-11-18
  • Start of show: "Howdy pards, another John Peel's Music On BFBS, and to start the programme this week, the new single (well the current single, anyway) from..."
  • John reveals that he has never been able to either hang-glide or play chess.


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(JP: 'it wasn't all that long ago that somebody wrote to me and said, "Could you play that Blur record that you played years and years and years ago called A Fish Needs A Bike?" and I thought, "Blur? Surely not!" But it took me a while and several letters from listeners to point out that they actually meant Blurt with a T at the end, and the record goes like this.')
  • Blurt: 'The Fish Needs A Bike (7")' (Armageddon)
(JP: 'Derived of course from the old 60s saying "A man needs a woman like a fish needs a bike." Perhaps it's older than that, but that's Blurt from 1981, that golden year when I was 43 and as picturesque as a mid-Atlantic sunset.') [2]
(JP: 'There's Britpop and there's Britpop. To be honest with you, I don't really like the description of Britpop and I don't like an awful lot of the celebration of it either, which seems to me to have the seeds of nationalism in it....There's something about it which I find vaguely distasteful. Not the music itself, but the people's reactions to it, and their descriptions of it and so forth. Which has got nothing to do with this really.')


  • Peel Show 1995-11-18 (BFBS)
  • 01:54:16
  • Many thanks to Carsten from Berlin.
  1. ...although Peel is not sure about the title.
  2. In fact, John misquotes here: the phrase dates from 1970 , as this page tells us.
  3. A stunning wrong speed moment.
  4. As John tells us, a Pretty Things cover.
  5. Frank Zappa cover.
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